ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

Framingham State Partners with Special Olympics to Sponsor Metro West School Day Game

Framingham State Partners with Special Olympics to Sponsor Metro West School Day Game

Framingham, Mass.- On Friday, April 15th Framingham State University partnered with the Special Olympics of Massachusetts to host the Metro West School Day Games at Bowditch Field in Framingham.

The Special Olympics of Massachusetts provides year-round sports training, athletic competition and other health-related programming for athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state. They hope to use the transformative power of sports to instill confidence, improve health and inspire a sense of competition in their participants. The annual event held at Bowditch Field featured over 160 students from several Metro West communities participating in various track & field events.

Over 100 Framingham State University students volunteered to run this event including over twenty FSU student-athletes to support the NCAA Div. III partnership with the Special Olympics.

Senior ice hockey captain Vaughn Guetens (Cheshire, Conn.) volunteered his time and found it very rewarding. "It's just a pleasure being able to work for those kids… nothing makes you feel better than when you see them crack a smile or laugh. I will definitely be back for next year's {event} as well."

Framingham native and FSU hockey forward Jake McKinnon shared "seeing all the kids so excited and the smiles on their faces was an unbelievable feeling. Being a part of something so special like that was amazing and I will definitely be volunteering in the future."

Olivia Buonopane (Middleton, Mass.) of the women's soccer program shared "I think the Special Olympics is one of the best days of the year… Just being there puts a smile on their faces, which is one of the many reasons I continue to participate year after year."