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WBC Students Volunteer at Special Olympics

5/12/2014

Williams Baptist College education students spent Saturday, April 25, volunteering at the Area 1 Special Olympics Track and Field Competition, held at Paragould High School.

Dr. Brad Baine, chair of the Williams Teacher Education Program at WBC, said his class volunteers every year at the annual contest. 

“This event is always the highlight of the semester for my college students.  Throughout the academic semester, these students have been exposed to information and strategies that prepare them to become effective educators and coaches when working with all types of learners and athletes,” Baine said.

The participating special needs athletes were K-12 students from schools and adult care facilities in Northeast Arkansas. WBC students worked at the event by timing and greeting the athletes as they crossed the finish line in various competitions.

“The competition provides my students, the majority of whom are physical education majors at WBC, the opportunity to apply the knowledge and tactics from our college classroom and become actively engaged with all the Special Olympics athletes in the various track and field events,” added Baine.

“As volunteers, we provide our time and efforts in an attempt to give our service to these wonderful athletes.  However, we typically ‘receive’ more from the Special Olympics athletes than we ‘give’.”

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