With beautiful (albeit a little warm) weather, and an excellent turnout, I had a great morning walking around the different events, talking with students, watching the athletes, and just witnessing the excellent attitude that seems to permeate the whole thing. Despite the fact that this is a huge endeavor involving teams and athletes from all over the county, the hundreds of volunteers and staff seemed to pull it off without breaking a sweat or losing a smile. Everyone seemed not only pleased to be there, but thrilled to give up their Saturday for this good cause. Having run a few events that were only a fraction of this size, I can say that's a rare feat. Usually there's always a ton of stress for the planners, and sometimes some apathy from the students, but there was none to be found today. Everyone was not only present, but excited and ready to go as well.
Of course, that's really what makes the Special Olympics one of the year's premiere events. It's once again another examples of people coming together to nothing more than thrill of making this event possible. Our students aren't pursuing community service hours, they're here because they want to create a great atmosphere for the athletes. Being able to put together an experience others will remember for a lifetime is sometimes all the payment you need. Speaking from experience, I understand where these students are coming from.
But like I said, I had nothing to do with this event; I just took the pictures. All the credit goes to Tim Laughlin, Allison Levy, Eric Jankowski, our Special Olympics Club, and the hundreds of others from all over the county who joined today to make this event happen. Take a look at some of the pictures below...and then be sure to volunteer next year! I know I will.