Amherst Student-Athletes Host Special Olympics Basketball Tournament

Special Olympics Tournament

On Sunday February 2nd Amherst College hosted its first ever Special Olympics Basketball Tournament. Four teams from the Hampshire County community (Stingers, Cardinals, Lightning, and Cheetahs) came together to compete in a morning full of cheering, fun, and hoops. This event was planned by SAAC Vice President, Nia Harris ‘14, with a lot of support from Billy McBride, Assistant Athletic Director, and Greg DiNardo, Director of Amherst Leads. The tournament started with the singing of the national anthem by Amherst’s own Seanna McCall ’17. Members of men's soccer, men’s tennis, women's field hockey, and women's track as well as volunteers from other clubs and organizations around campus acted as refs, scorekeepers, greeters, and most importantly, cheerers. It was a great time for all involved!

 AC Special Olympics is a program that was originally started in '12 by two track and field teammates Jessica Mueller '13, former SAAC Vice President, and Nia Harris '14, current SAAC Vice President. Since its beginnings, AC Special Olympics has evolved into a three-season program (soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and swimming in the spring.) For more information about AC Special Olympics contact Nia Harris (nharris14@amherst.edu).