First NU Special Olympics Invitational Basketball Tournament - a real team effort
Saturday, March 29, a group of students enrolled in PE432, Norwich's "Organization
& Administration of Sport" class, hosted the first ever NU Invitational
Basketball Tournament for Special Olympics Vermont. The
students, who adopted the title "Games Committee," took responsibility
for all aspects of the event management, from facilities and officials
to publicity and sponsorship.
The tournament, which took place in Plumley Armory, was made possible by a legion of volunteers from throughout the Norwich community who performed various tasks to ensure the smooth running of the event.
"As there were over 100 athletes participating, the most important volunteer duty was to chaperone and escort the athletes and teams," said Davison. Volunteer support, enthusiasm and encouragement was provided by NU Women's Basketball Team; NU Football Team; NU Corps of Cadets; Northfield Middle and High School SHINE Students; NU Athletic Dept.; NU Office of Volunteer Programs; NU Facilities Operations; NU Security.
In addition, the following businesses provided food, services and/or sponsorship: Vermont Pure; Sodexho-Marriott Catering; Subway; Common Cafe; Depot Pizzeria.
Also contributing to the success of the tournament were several members of the Vermont Basketball Officials Association, who donated their time to officiate this event.
"They did a tremendous job," said Davison.
The games were opened by Coach Steve Lanpher of the NU Women's Basketball Program; awards were presented by Officer Seitz of the Northfield Police Department; and the event was closed by Gordon MacGregor (a student), the Games Director.
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