BATON ROUGE - Student-athletes from five different sports came together to volunteer for the Special Olympics over the weekend. With a total of 27 student-athletes, they played a huge role in assisting the participants and other volunteers.
To kick off the weekend, the members of the Track & Field team helped set up the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse for the opening ceremonies that took place on Friday evening. After meeting the many athletes of the Special Olympics, the student-athletes cheered for them during the ceremonies.
Freshman sprinter Montenae Roye-Speight appreciated the opportunity to work for the Special Olympics.
"This was a good use of our time to help and give back to the community," Roye-Speight said. "Plus this is an athletic event, and we are all athletes ourselves. This was something really fun for us to do because we like helping out the community."
The following day, members of the Volleyball team and Emily Schwabe of the Swimming & Diving team worked the basketball competition hosted in the Fieldhouse.
Junior volleyball player Madie Jones enjoyed time spent with the Special Olympics' participants.
"It was great spending time with the athletes at the Special Olympics," Jones said. "They are truly talented and really nice people. It was awesome to get to support them while helping out at their basketball tournament this weekend."
For the basketball competition Sunday, linebacker Jarrett Hardnett devoted his time to the Special Olympics and its participants. Also on Sunday, the soccer team volunteered at Don Carter's All-Star Lanes for the bowling competition.
Junior soccer player and two-time SEC Community Service Team honoree Natalie Ieyoub relished the opportunity to serve the community with her teammates.
"The Special Olympics is an event that our team really enjoys being a part of," Ieyoub said. "It is well organized and the participants love having us around. We definitely had a great time this year, and I'm sure we will be back."
To conclude the weekend, many of the student-athletes distributed the medals and awards after the competition ended.
Below is a complete list of all student-athletes who volunteered for the Special Olympics:
Swimming & Diving