SUNY Oneonta is one of three schools featured in this month’s NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll. Each story highlights a Division III and Special Olympics joint activity or event. The institution whose story has the highest number of votes on the 25th day of each month receives $500 to use for its next Special Olympics event.
SUNY Oneonta raised $800 for the Special Olympics during its inaugural “Greek Life vs. Athletes Olympics” event on April 21. Teams of athletes and Greeks competed in events such as the three-legged race, potato sack races, wheel barrel races, obstacle courses, a whipped cream pie-eating contest, a mummy wrap and a tug-of-war. Decked out in their teams’ colors, fans battled in a “spirit war” to be the loudest and come up with the best cheers. The winner was decided with the tug-of-war at the end of the night. In the end, it was Greek Life that pulled its way to victory.
“We were very happy with our overall attendance, and those who came to the event said they had such a great time that they suggested we hold this type of event in the fall and in the spring next year – this time with an even bigger crowd!,” said softball player and event organizer Nicole Brieva of Kings Park. “The event was a success, and we’re all very happy to be giving back to such a wonderful cause.”
Check out this video of the event and cast your vote at ncaa.org/D3SpecialOlympics!