Freshman women's soccer player Katie Doyle reflects on her experience volunteering at the Special Olympics Maryland Unified Bocce Ball event hosted by the Washington College Student-Athlete Mentors May 2nd.
By Katie Doyle '17
On May 2nd, 2014, the Student-Athlete Mentors (SAMs) and their teammates helped host the area's Special Olympics Maryland Unified Bocce Ball competition. There were representatives volunteering from ten of Washington College's varsity sports. Washington's student-athletes helped set up, score the games, record the scores, hand out lunches, clean up and much more.
Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium was buzzing with positive attitudes throughout the day as competitors played several games of bocce ball. Following each match the scores were recorded and volunteers changed the rankings of each team. No matter what the outcome was each team, players and coaches, shook hands and exchanged congratulations. It was inspiring to see the relentless cheering on not only of teammates, but also of their competitors!
I had never watched bocce ball before this competition and I have immense respect for the focus and effort these athletes put into such a long day of playing. Many of Washington's athletes, including myself, were able to keep score for teams that traveled from our high school counties. It was fun volunteering for an event that involved so many athletes from our hometowns.
Every coach and player expressed his or her gratitude for the volunteers' efforts in helping run the event. Seeing the enthusiasm in each roll of the bocce ball and reward in each athletes face as they scored for their team was well worth the effort put into the day. As volunteers and athletes, we were all grateful to have taken part in such an amazing experience. I believe every volunteer will strive to be a little more like the athletes who played on Saturday the next time they find themselves on the field.