Special Olympics Night at Bobcat Soccer a Success

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Georgia College & State University women's soccer recently hosted Special Olympics Night Tuesday, Sept. 23 during the Bobcats' game against Erskine College. The goal of the night was to honor our Baldwin County Special Olympics superstars, and the event was a great success.

Prior to the contest, the Georgia College soccer program presented the five athletes, fresh off a first-place finish in the Bocce Tournament, and director Shannon New-Diaz with a Little Feet soccer ball. The Bobcat soccer program has partnered with Little Feet this season, as for every soccer ball purchased, one is donated to underprivileged youth worldwide.

During the game, the Special Olympics superstars served as ball-boys, helping keep the game on pace by always keeping a game ball nearby.

The group then was honored at halftime and had photos taken with Thunder, the Georgia College mascot.

Special Olympics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Special Olympics offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competition in 30 Olympic-type summer and winter sports.

The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 NCAA Division II athletic programs over three seasons. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.