SAAC Set to Host Bowling Event for Special Olympics

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – In conjunction with Special Olympics Virginia, the Bridgewater College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be hosting its first annual Bowling Blast on Sunday, March 18, from 1-3 p.m. at Valley Lanes in Harrisonburg.

All Bridgewater student-athletes are encouraged to participate in the event on Sunday with all of the Special Olympians enjoying an afternoon of fun and fellowship with a number of Bridgewater student-athletes.

Aside from the activities at the bowling alley, the student-athletes will be having a pizza party with the Special Olympians.

Special Olympics Virginia is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization serves more than 10,000 athletes through seven regional offices and 29 area programs.  SOVA is one of 52 U.S. programs, and part of a global movement that serves three million athletes in more than 180 countries.

Over the summer, the NCAA announced that it was partnering with Special Olympics at the Division III level. The purpose of the partnership is to improve the lives of Special Olympics athletes through their involvement with Division III student-athletes and to foster a mutual learning experience between Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes.

Through this partnership, Division III student-athletes across the country will be encouraged to participate in existing Special Olympics events, create their own events, or otherwise serve to support Special Olympics organization. The activities pursued by student-athletes will vary in each state and region, tailored to best utilize the student-athletes' time and local resources.

This partnership provides the opportunity for student-athletes to engage with Special Olympics and collaborate with existing student-led programs on campus.

All Bridgewater student-athletes are invited to participate with a slight reservation cost of $5 per student-athlete. To register, contact Rebecaa Unruh at rbu001@eagles.bridgewater.edu