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BU student-athletes host 'Olympic Day' for special needs children

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  April 29, 2013 11:41 AM

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(BU Athletic Department)

BU student-athlete Sam Kurker poses with a participant at BU’s Special Needs Olympic Day on Sunday, April 21.

The following is a press release from the Boston University Athletic Department:

The Boston University Athletic Department hosted its annual “Olympic Day” for special needs children on Sunday, April 21st at the Case Gym as part of the university’s Global Day of Service initiative.

Staffed by more than 50 BU student-athlete volunteers, the day featured games, races, obstacle courses, tattoos, face painting, dance performances and a pizza party for children of all abilities.

The event was hosted by BU student-athletes alongside Autism Speaks volunteers and other special needs professionals.

The day was part of BU’s Global Day of Service and was also held in recognition of April being Autism Awareness Month.

“After the tragedy that Boston experienced, the Sports Clinic was the perfect way to end the week,” said Kelley Borer-Miller, Autism Speaks’ senior director of field development. “It was a wonderful celebration of compassion, generosity, and perseverance. We are so grateful that these athletes dedicated their Sunday to promoting inclusion of people with all abilities.”

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