Courtesy of Amherst Sports Information
AMHERST, Mass. - Members of the Amherst College community joined with the Special Olympics to conduct a basketball tournament organized by assistant athletics director/diversity & inclusion Billy McBride at Alumni Gymnasium this past Sunday.
The tournament, which was held from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on March 1, featured four local Special Olympics basketball teams, including two from Amherst and two from Northampton. This is an annual event that has taken place over the last several years.
Members of the Amherst College community volunteered to keep score, referee, run the scoreboard, coach, take pictures and cheer for the participating Special Olympians. The group of volunteers comprised members of the track and field, tennis, golf and football teams, as well as non-varsity athletics students.
“This is truly what all of our students and student-athletes are about,” McBride stated. “Their willingness to assist others in their pursuit of joy and happiness.”
During the winter months, the two Special Olympics basketball teams from Amherst conduct Sunday practice at Alumni Gym. Similarly, three local Special Olympics soccer teams hold their practices at Amherst in the fall, and Special Olympic swimmers also conduct events at Amherst.