Manion Reflects on Special Olympics Event

The Washington College field hockey team volunteered at the Special Olympics Maryland kayaking event held on the Chester River September 16th. Senior captain Hilary Manion reflects on the experience:

On Sunday, September 16, 2012, Washington College's Student-Athlete Mentors hosted a Special Olympics Maryland kayaking event at the college's boathouse on the Chester River.  The entire women's field hockey team volunteered at the event along with the women's rowing team. 

The weather was perfect for the all-day event on the water.  Most of the field hockey team members helped the participants get in and out of the water, helped line up the kayaks in the right order, and organized the participants placing them in their intended race while cheering them on and motivating them.  Other teammates helped distribute waters and lunches provided by the Special Olympics Organization.  Also, a group of girls were actually on the water in little dingy boats waiting for the participants to paddle out. They helped the kayakers stay in the right lanes and also held the kayaks in place, they would also instruct them and make sure they knew exactly what they had to do and where they had to go.

The event itself was amazing; everything ran smoothly and the weather was perfect, but I think the most amazing thing about it was how incredible the athletes participating in it were.  Not only did they have a great time, but, also I know my team especially was amazed by the abilities of the athletes and how high their spirits were. Our team greatly benefited from the event and I would recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to volunteer at a Special Olympics event.  It was extremely motivating and touching and was an experience that the women's field hockey team will carry with us throughout the rest of our season.