PBA Softball Serves at the Special Olympics
April 8, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Saturday’s off during the collegiate softball season are a rare occurrence between the months of February and May with double-headers, tournaments and travel all a part of the regular landscape of a NCAA Division II softball player’s routine. While some teams might spend this down time relaxing or doing other things the Palm Beach Atlantic softball program gathered together this past weekend to volunteer as a team at the Special Olympics.
The valuable experience is not only a great team bonding activity but it also shines on the core values of being a PBA student-athlete and a game-changer for Christ.
Part of a large volunteer group the members of the PBA softball team gathered at John I. Leonard High School on Saturday and were part of a fun-filled day of activity for athletics and special needs children. The players helped escort athletes to their events such as the long-jump and shot put while serving as cheerleaders and companions for the athletes competing.
“Working with special needs children has been near and dear to my heart,” said sophomore Amber Johnson. “I really enjoy the enthusiasm each athlete exemplifies win or lose. It teaches me how to appreciate my sport (softball) at a whole other level and I know our team was truly blessed by the experience.”
“I really enjoyed the interaction with the precious and talented athletes,” said sophomore Lindsey Johnson. “They showed pure joy and love for their sport which makes it an amazing thing to be a part of.”
It was evident in hearing the multiple stories of interaction between the athletes and the PBA volunteers that volunteering their time was beneficial to more than just the Special Olympics organization.
“I enjoyed seeing how much passion and enthusiasm each athlete had for their event and we can truly all learn a lot from their love of their games,” continued sophomore Theresa Butler.
“We are able to make a connection with the athletes and share our common interests which makes it a really cool thing to be a part of,” said junior Kayti Lundin.
The Sailfish softball team will be back in action on their own field on Wednesday, April 8th when they host Lynn University beginning at 5 pm in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.