Briarcliff High School students have come together to form the Special Olympics Club, a group focused on volunteering for the international Special Olympics organization.
The Special Olympics promotes understanding, acceptance, and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities and provides people with intellectual disabilities opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.
Club members recently volunteered at their first Special Olympics event, a regional floor hockey competition in Yonkers.
“We cheered in the stands, kept score and checked in on the athletes before every game,” said club member James Varriano. “We all had a lot of fun, especially interacting with the athletes. We talked to [them] about their practice schedules, favorite sports teams and upcoming events. They were very excited to have us there. There were a lot of fist pumps and high fives.”
The club members are looking forward to volunteering at future Special Olympics events.
Photo Caption: Members of Briarcliff High School’s newly-formed Special Olympics Club volunteered at a regional floor hockey event in Yonkers.
Photo courtesy of the Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District