Tabor Academy club to partner with Special Olympics
MARION — Tabor Academy will host Special Olympics athletes for activities on Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon to kick off a year of volunteering for the organization. Over 250 students, parents and teachers will join Tabor for a day of unified athletics.
This is the fourth year hosting unified athletics.The student Special Olympics Club helps to arrange the morning of service, which includes opening and closing ceremonies and a cheering gauntlet for athletes to run through when they are done.
The club also does a fundraising campaign culminating in their annual Polar Plunge at Silvershell Beach, which will take place on Dec. 15 this winter, a winter young athletes program on Sunday mornings from December through February, a basketball tournament, and an awareness campaign to eliminate the use of the “R” word.
“Our partnership with Special Olympics Massachusetts has been terrific. The students have created opportunities to engage in athletic competition with members of our local community, but better than that we’ve created meaningful relationships with so many of the athletes,” said Tim Cleary, Dean of Students and faculty advisor to the Special Olympics Club at Tabor.
The club is hoping to raise $12,000 this year for Special Olympics. Community members may watch or join in for the Polar Plunge at 11:15 a.m.