FLORENCE – The Francis Marion University Psychology Club helps host the Region I Special Olympics Spring Games on the university campus annually. This year, the Olympics will be Tuesday, April 11 on the FMU track, behind the softball and baseball fields.
Students who volunteer to help cheer for participants and escort them to events are excused from classes. The volunteers pair up with an athlete for the day. Each volunteer is required to sign in when they arrive and sign out when they leave. Upon signing out, they will receive a letter as proof of their attendance.
“I encourage professors to allow students to volunteer and for the professor to come out and enjoy the day,” Jeff Anastasi, associate professor of psychology at FMU and the Psychology Club’s adviser, says. “If you've never attended the Special Olympic Spring Games, it's both fun and touching.”
Pictures from last year's games are posted on the Psychology Club’s website homepage at psychdev.fmarion.edu/psychclub.
The Region I Special Olympics Spring Games opening parade and ceremonies will be on the FMU track, behind the softball and baseball fields. More than 300 Special Olympians from the Pee Dee area, ranging in age from eight to 68 are expected to participate. More than 200 FMU faculty, staff and students are expected to volunteer to assist with the event.
For more information, call 661-1633.