Special Olympics Comes to Lyndon State

RJ special olympicsLYNDONVILLE - With all of the sports madness going around the country, Lyndon State College welcomes The Special Olympics of Vermont for a weekend training camp.

 The group of 40 athletes and 10 coaches are arriving at Lyndon State College at 4pm on Friday and taking part in a full day of training Saturday from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm. The team will be training in the gym and pool at LSC, along with the Gold Crown Lanes in St. Johnsbury. The team will also be eating dinner at the Steven's Dining Hall on campus.

Michelle Gates, Director of Programs for the Vermont Special Olympics said that although this is more of a "one time deal" they were able to "collaborate with the school to incorporate students into the training activities."

Ben Lewis, a sophomore at Lyndon State, said that when it comes to volunteering for the Special Olympics it "feels good and is really inspiring to see how much they look forward to competing in the competitions."

There will be 5 students from LSC shadowing the coaches from the team on Saturday. This is an experience that Mike Soules, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, says "is unique and it allows students to realize there is more they can do that just teach Physical Education, they can really help students."

The weekend training camp will end Sunday at 11:15 am. The Special Olympics USA Games will take place this year in New Jersey from June 14-21.