BW Football Team Assists Special Olympics at Brandywine Ski Resort

BW football team members traveled to Brandywine Ski Resort to participate and work with Special Olympians.

Student Perspective: BW Football Team Assists Special Olympics at Brandywine Ski Resort

March 2, 2017

BW Football Team Assists Special Olympics at Brandywine Ski ResortOn a cold February day, six of my Baldwin Wallace University football teammates and I traveled to Brandywine Ski Resort in Boston Mills, Ohio to participate and work with a number of Special Olympians at the Special Olympics Ohio Winter Games.

The bright winter sun gave the Special Olympians an extra boost to compete to their fullest. I stood at the top of the hill and could not help but notice how very focused and prepared these athletes were. They were decked out in the latest techy snow gear: goggles and matching hats, ski masks, snow pants and top notch skis. The frigid cold did not stop these athletes from striving for their goal of an Olympic medal.

The Special Olympics brings people with intellectual disabilities together to discover new strengths, abilities, skills and success. Winning is always the common dominator among athletes, including Special Olympians. These athletes come from all over the world and with all levels of ability to compete at their fullest. I could feel the joy in everyone as they conquered the hill.

I felt privileged to be standing there on the hill and taking part in the event. The laughter, joy and excitement filled the day as their loved ones gave them a few words of encouragement, wisdom and advice.

After the ski events, the medal ceremony began. I was honored to place medals on these deserving athletes. Every medal recipient had a smile that showed how much it meant to them. The fellow Olympians who didn't hold a spot on the podium, were cheering, laughing and smiling right along with them. Cameras flashed from proud families, making this a “Kodak moment.”

I cannot express the heartfelt admiration I have for the Special Olympic athletes. I am grateful I had the opportunity to be part of such a meaningful event, and I know my six teammates feel exactly the same way I do. Joining me that day were Jake Hudson of New Port Richey, Florida, Will Vance of Centerville, Ohio, Eddy Nelson of Miami, Florida, Jalaan Owens of Naperville, Illinois, Da’Juan Glover of Elyria, Ohio and Carter Rudy of Avon, Ohio.

Learn more about the great people of the Special Olympics at http://www.specialolympics.org.