Nearly 200 student-athletes from 13 area schools traveled to Rockwood Summit High, March 14, for a Special Olympics basketball event.
Summit students in Sports and Entertainment Management class do all the preparation and coordination of the event under the direction of their teacher, Kelly Kennedy.
"We offer kids an opportunity to sign up and we get plenty to volunteer," said Special School District Special Olympics Coordinator Kerrie Townsend. "They operated as one-to-one buddies with our student-athletes and partnered with them to cheer them on, escort and support them."
Summit senior Emily Oster is a part of the class that organizes the event. She said their efforts include determining who is coming, designing and manufacturing the t-shirts, reserving rooms and coordinating events on the basketball courts.
"We started at the beginning of the semester," said Oster. "In January when we came back from winter break we started and worked right up until the day it happened."
Townsend said the day is all about making connections.
"We'd like all students to learn that all people have abilities and are able to do great things," said Townsend. "Our Rockwood Summit kids and volunteers always tell us this is their favorite day of the year, because of the connection they make with our athletes. And our athletes are always excited to come and have a peer to partner with them."
This marks the second year Summit has hosted the event.