There’s honestly nothing I enjoy much more than helping. Whether it’s helping the environment, teaching, or coaching, I just love helping things and people around me.
Yesterday, I spent majority of my day at a local college for our area’s Special Olympics swimming and track meets. Myself and my fellow coaches brought a group of our swimmers to the swim meet, and it honestly made my day a million times brighter (especially because I’d been feeling stuffy AND runny nose-y all day ).
One awesome thing about the meet is that Messiah College is closed for the day for the events. It’s pretty much a campus-wide volunteer day in which the students volunteer at the Special Olympics events and other community events. At the swim meet, the college students were either paired up with a Special Olympian, announced the meet, timed the meet, or coordinated swimmers with events.
All in all, a great time. Here are some pictures from the day! Most of them are of the swimmers in which I coach.
Coach Megan with Eric (in the middle) and his buddy
Pete (on the left) with his buddy
Myself with Brianna
Our coach, Evan, reciting the coaches’ pledge
One of our own, Erin, reciting the athletes’ pledge
Let the games begin!
Brianna up on the block!
Derick in first and Eric in third!
In the end, majority of my swimmers came home with at LEAST one first place (each swam three events). I had a blast and I know they did, too. They love making new friends and having the support of their buddies.
If I could volunteer for the rest of my life, I would do it in a heart beat. Too bad volunteering can’t pay the bills!
Do you do any volunteering??