May 01, 2017
On Wednesday, April 26, Penn State Altoona's Student-Athlete Advisory Council and Athletics department continued its partnership with the Special Olympics when they held the 6th Annual Student-Athlete vs. Staff/Faculty Charity Basketball Game in the Adler Athletic Complex.
For six years in a row now, Penn State Altoona SAAC and Athletics has welcomed members of the Special Olympics of Blair County to the gym for a special night. Student-athletes from various varsity sports teams competed in a basketball game against members of the campus' staff and faculty, and at halftime of that game, the Special Olympians took the court and were featured in a game themselves. The evening strengthens the bond between Penn State Altoona Athletics and the Special Olympics. Throughout the year, members of SAAC routinely volunteer with Special Olympics sports practices. The charity basketball game gives the Special Olympians a chance to shine on a college basketball court in front of a crowd.
"Wednesday night was a great opportunity to welcome the Special Olympics of Blair County to our campus for a basketball game," said Penn State Altoona men's basketball head coach and SAAC advisor David McGreal. "It was great to see the Special Olympians having such a fun time in our gym. We really appreciate the support of everyone who was involved, including the student-athletes, staff, and faculty who participated in the game and cheered on the Special Olympians. We look forward to continuing this special tradition next year."