SALEM — The Salem State University athletics department and the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference celebrated the start of Division 3 week on Sunday by offering a free sports clinic for Special Olympic athletes.
Members of the student-athlete advisory committee, representatives from varsity sports teams, and members of the coaching and administrative staff from all MASCAC schools volunteered for this inaugural event, which was hosted by Salem State. Close to 30 Special Olympic athletes and their families attended the clinic, participating with MASCAC volunteers in soccer, basketball, and floor hockey. All participants received an event T-shirt, a sports pack with donations from each of the MASCAC schools, and were treated to a post-clinic pizza party sponsored by Salem Dominos.
“This was the best way I can think of to celebrate NCAA Division 3 week” said Nicolle Wood, Salem State SAAC advisor and coordinator of student-athlete affairs. “The MASCAC student-athletes provided a fun and exciting day for these Special Olympians, and the value of the experience they got back in return is immeasurable.”