Special Olympics is a global organization that, through programming in sports, health, education, and community building, works to change the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. They reach more than 22,000 athletes every year through the 179 competitions they coordinate.
On Saturday, a group of LaSallians volunteered to referee several rounds of Special Olympics' basketball games.
"Refereeing for Special Olympics was even more rewarding than I anticipated," Jack McCarthy, one of our Researchers, reflected, "After spending the morning with the athletes, it was clear that the tournament was the highlight of their weeks, and they are so appreciative of everyone who helps make it possible."
"Volunteering for the tournament was such an amazing experience," agreed Annie Lorenz, a LaSalle Supply Chain Project Manager, "The dedication, focus and teamwork these kids brought was like nothing I had ever seen before and it was truly inspiring. Being able to be a part of something that is so significant to another person is one of my favorite things in the world, and I’m so grateful I work for a company that cares about that as well."
Polar Pub Crawl
LaSallians also participated in the 5th Annual Polar Pub Crawl, an informal fundraising event designed to raise money for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge. Collectively LaSallians donated close to $4,000 for the event, and had a great time! Five LaSallians will participate in the Polar Plunge in late February as well.