CGA to Host Special Olympics Volleyball Tournament

CGA to Host Special Olympics Volleyball Tournament

The Coast Guard Academy Class of 2016 in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will host a Special Olympics Volleyball tournament on Sunday, November 3rd in Billard Hall.

The day will begin with opening ceremonies at 9:45 a.m. with round robin play beginning at 10 a.m. as six Connecticut based Special Olympic teams will compete.

At 12:15 p.m. the Connecticut National Volleyball team will take on a group made up of cadet volunteers before the Special Olympic athletes will participate in “Coast Guard Cutter Games” where they will race to put on personal flotation devices, throw mooring lines and tie basic knots.

“This event is yet another shining example of how our cadets continually and affirmatively reach out to help those less fortunate than themselves,” said Tim Fitzpatrick, Coast Guard Academy Director of Athletics. “Their enthusiasm to make good things happen is really inspiring.”

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

The Volleyball tournament is open to the public, all are encouraged to attend and support the athletes as they compete in a day of competition, fun and games.