Students serve as volunteers with Special Olympics

Posted on April 22, 2014

Special Olympics with RECESS banner

Volunteers and athletes display RECESS banner.

Erskine College student volunteers traveled to Greenville April 10 for the 2014 Special Olympics Spring Games at Furman University.

“I took students from my Adaptive Physical Education class as well as a few physical education majors to volunteer with a new program from the YMCA Greenville called RECESS,” Visiting Assistant Professor of Physical Education Dan Corsi reported.

RECESS (Recreation, Exercise, Community, Education, Service, Social) is a program for adults with special needs who have finished high school and want to continue their education through community involvement, social development and physical fitness, etc.

Special Olympics-EC group

From left, Ericka McCarson, Christine Long, Mark Sloan, Mike Assey, Mike Gabbard, and
Nicholas Dorton-Karageorgos

More than 1,100 athletes participated in multiple events, along with nearly 2,000 volunteers. Each of the Erskine volunteers was paired with an athlete and assisted that athlete for the entire day.

“I was very pleased with how well our students stepped up and helped with the RECESS athletes,” Corsi said.

“During the entire day at the special Olympics I did not see one person without a smile on their face!” he added. “This [was] a great opportunity for our students to represent Erskine College and serve the community.”