The Mitchell College Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) joined forces with Special Olympics Connecticut on Sunday, November 6 to host a volleyball clinic for two local teams. The event capped a busy and successful fall season for the Mariners that included several community service efforts.
A total of 70 Mitchell student-athletes welcomed Special Olympics teams from New London and Old Saybrook to the Yarnall Athletic Center for an afternoon of instruction, competition and fun. The event, which was led by SAAC with the support of nine Mitchell teams, provided the Special Olympics athletes the opportunity to showcase their abilities.
The Mitchell volleyball team opened the day up by running drill stations, followed by a round robin tournament run by SAAC. Mitchell student-athletes assisted the teams throughout the event, and at the end of the day, the Special Olympics athletes had the opportunity to compete against the Mitchell volleyball team.
Special thanks go out to both the New London and Old Saybrook Special Olympic teams for joining us for the day, along with all the Mitchell student-athletes and staff who made the event possible.
The Special Olympics volleyball clinic was only the latest example of Mitchell student-athletes giving back to their community. The Mariners were active throughout the entire fall season and will look to continue serving in the community in the months to come.
Strides Road Race
The men’s basketball team volunteered at the 39th Annual Jack O’Keefe Memorial Strides Road Race held on October 2 at Camp Harkness. The event, organized by The Cactus Jack Foundation and The Arc New London County, raises money to support local programs and services for people with disabilities. The Mariners spent the morning distributing water, keeping track of mile splits and working the chute at the finish line. A record number of walkers and runners participated in the event, which continues to be one of the largest in the state.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams collected and donated 154 pairs of shoes for the Soles4Souls organization. Soles4Souls is a not-for-profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. Since 2006 Soles4Souls has collected and distributed 26 million pairs of shoes to those in need in 127 countries around the world and all 50 states in the U.S.
On September 25, several Mitchell teams came together to volunteer at the annual Heart Walk hosted by the American Heart Association at Mohegan Reservation. The women’s volleyball, women’s basketball, softball and men’s lacrosse teams all pitched in to help set up and break down, complete obstacle courses, collect donations, and participate in the walk itself. The event, which raised over $300,000 for the AHA Eastern Connecticut chapter, supports survivors along with continuing to raise awareness for heart disease and stroke.