On a very sunny April 19, the Worcester State College junior nursing class sponsored the first “Young Athletes Day” of the Special Olympics of Massachusetts.
The program was initiated to introduce children between the ages of two through seven with cognitive delays the chance to develop basic athletic skills for playing in organized sports. It also gives the families of these small children the chance to meet and network with one another.
Along with organizing each of the skills stations, the 41 junior pediatric students also set up a craft table so each child could assemble an “Olympic torch.” Chartwells donated an ice cream sundae station for all the participants to enjoy.
Instructor Debbie Benes (Nursing) initiated the contact with Special Olympics Section Director Jonathon Muskrat.
“This opportunity worked well for all involved,” says Debbie. “It gave the students the chance to provide community service, along with the opportunity to work with cognitively challenged children and provide a fun filled day for the children. We hope this is the beginning of a long relationship with Special Olympics.”
Submitted by Associate Professor of Nursing Robyn Leo, R.N.
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