Members of the Massachusetts Maritime Student-Athlete Advisory Committee continued their on-going outreach and support of Special Olympics by participating in a very special event that raised both funds and spirits on December 4th.
The Buccaneer SAAC joined Senior Women’s Administrator and Head Women’s Cross Country Coach Linda Letourneau at the 2011 Jolly Jaunt, which is an officially timed 5K run and 2K walk in Hyannis that helps support over 12,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities who participate in programs sponsored by Special Olympics Massachusetts.
The Buccaneers competed as part of “MMA and Rose’s Team” in honor of Letourneau’s daughter Rose, and the Massachusetts Maritime contingent that consisted of student-athletes, coaches, faculty, alumni, family and friends was able to raise nearly $800 in support of Special Olympics, with more contributions still coming in during the holiday season.
“It is a great honor and a privilege for our student-athletes to be a part of Special Olympics,” Letourneau said. “Being able to give back and be a part of these events is so rewarding for our cadets and the Academy as a whole, and we are looking forward to continuing that support in the months ahead.”
NCAA Division III institutions across the country are teaming up with Special Olympics to raise both funds and awareness to activities and organizations at the local and regional levels. Massachusetts Maritime continues to be a leader in that effort, taking part in several local Special Olympics events during the course of this calendar year alone.