Shippensburg University student athlete group hosts successful Special Olympics Fun Meet
SHIPPENSBURG — The Shippensburg University Student Athlete Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the local chapter of the Special Olympics, hosted the Fifth Annual Fun Meet Feb. 7 at the Donald N. Miller Pool inside Heiges Field House.
The event is an annual fund-raiser for the Special Olympics swim team that consists of various swimming competitions between Special Olympians and some of Shippensburg University’s student-athletes along with other
individuals from around campus.
“I thought this year’s event went very smoothly,” said Alex Supplee, cochair of SAAC’s Community Service Committee. “We had a good turn out from the student body and all of the athletes had a great time competing
in the various events. The excitement and smiles of the Special Olympians say it all and make this event worthwhile.”
The cheerleaders, mascot Big Red and a capacity crowd of campus and community members were in attendance cheering on all of the athletes during the competition. All of the proceeds from the event are given back to the Special Olympics, funding that is typically used to offset travel and other expenses.
“The Special Olympics Fun Meet is organized by SAAC¹s Community Service Committee, which also arranges the events and swimmers,” said Lauren Murphy, cochair of SAAC¹s Community Service Committee with Supplee. “This is a great opportunity for SAAC members and Special Olympics athletes to interact and compete against each other. It provides a great environment for the Special Olympians and is very fun for all participants.”
Both Murphy and Supplee were also responsible for organizing the annual “Chains of Love” donations. For a $1 donation, individuals signed their name on a slip of paper that was used to create a chain around the pool.
Many SAAC members contributed to the fund-raising effort.
“I love this event and the organization behind it,” Murphy said. “It is probably one of SAAC¹s most popular and well-received events here at Shippensburg University. The relationships created during this event are awesome and go far beyond just a swim meet.”
More than $350 was raised through the “Chains of Love” donations and provided to Special Olympics – Pennsylvania Area.