CHICOPEE, Mass. – On Sunday, April 15, Elms College student athletes, Special Olympians and their coaches and families, and members of the surrounding community conducted the first-ever Blazer Games which took place on the Keating Quadrangle on the Elms campus and raised $1,300 for Special Olympics.
Sunday’s festivities included 14 stations comprising of Special Olympic formatted games – including strength building, endurance, and nutrition-based activities.
“I had a lot of fun at the Blazer Games,” junior women’s lacrosse player and Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) president Catherine Duquette said. “I learned how much the special Olympics means to the Olympians. Overall it was a very heartwarming experience, and I plan to volunteer for more Special Olympic events in the future.”
The mission of Blazer Games was to create a sense of citizenship amongst the community, while fostering a safe and healthy playing environment. The event worked to promote respect amongst friends and families in a diverse atmosphere. Blazer Games achieved its goal of spreading awareness about the Special Olympics while allowing Elms College and its athletes to build a longstanding relationship with the organization and its athletes.