Huntingdon Hosts Special Olympics Tournament
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College will host eight teams participating in the State of Alabama Special Olympics Basketball Tournament Friday, March 11, beginning at 9:00 a.m., with four games taking place in Roland Arena, Roland Student Center (main campus), and four taking place in the Wilson Gymnasium, Wilson Community and Athletic Center (Cloverdale Campus). Students from the Huntingdon Department of Sport Science and Physical Education (SSPE) will officiate, keep score, keep time, present awards, and provide set-up and clean-up for the event. Coaches and staff from the Department of Athletics are helping to organize and supervise the games, while Huntingdon's on-campus physical therapy clinic run by Pro-Impact is donating certified athletic trainers for the events. The games should conclude by 2:00 p.m.
Huntingdon students' involvement in academic service is emphasized strongly in the SSPE department. "It is important for our students to have opportunities to learn by doing and to perform academic service," said Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman, professor of sport science and physical education and chair of the department. "They will learn far more than a textbook can teach through their involvement not only with the games, but also, and more importantly, with the individuals who are participating. Our athletic training students will earn required clinical hours as they relate to special populations by observing and assisting with these games." Huntingdon physical education majors in the Adapted Physical Education course are involved in monthly academic service with Brewbaker Junior High School's Special Education students. Still other students in the department are conducting the new Healthy Hawks Initiative, including a walking program and monthly lectures about subjects such as nutrition and fitness for the college community. Next month, Huntingdon SSPE students will conduct the Iron Roll, hosting rival men's wheelchair basketball teams from Auburn University and the University of Alabama. At that time, the department will assess community interest in the return of the College's Wheelin' Hawks program, which, before entering a period of hiatus, provided monthly adapted competitive and recreational sports opportunities for children ages 6 to 19 who have physical disabilities.
State Special Olympic teams will also play at Faulkner University and at Frazer Memorial, St. James, and Aldersgate United Methodist Churches.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. For more information, contact the Huntingdon College Office of Communications at (334) 833-4515.