SWEET BRIAR, Va. --- On Saturday, April 27 the Sweet Briar College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee sponsored the second annual Vixen Dash in Sweet Briar’s Fitness and Athletics Center. The year two edition featured a dozen more Special Olympian participants and an expanded competition format.
Student organizers and Special Olympics officials alike attribute the event’s popularity to the types of activities offered as well as enthusiasm by both Special Olympians and their SBC student-athlete partners.
Lisa Wimbush, Special Olympics Virginia Piedmont Region Director, noted that the Vixen Dash engages Special Olympians with the myriad of activities; the event offers something for everyone and adapting each activity based on an athlete’s ability is easy on the fly.
The 2013 Vixen Dash took place in both Upchurch Field House and Williams Gymnasium. Thirty-six Special Olympians paired up with Sweet Briar athletes and then divided into two groups: Team Pink and Team Green.
Teams competed in events in Upchurch and Williams and then rotated so all athletes participated in both venues. Activities offered included: wally ball, soccer, tennis, basketball, obstacle courses, and sprint races.
At the conclusion of the competition portion of the Vixen Dash, Special Olympians, volunteers and SBC student-athletes ate lunch together in the Robertson Recreation Lounge. The post event awards ceremony also took place in the lounge.
Just like last year, Special Olympians and SBC student-athletes alike were talking about plans for next year's Vixen Dash. First-year SBC Softball player Nene Jones commented that she really enjoyed working with the Special Olympians in Williams Gym during the basketball events and she looks forward to next year’s Dash.
“Once we organized the athletes and gave them structure, they had a great time. And that is what I really wanted – for the Olympians to have a good time.” Jones was recently elected as one of the softball team’s 2013-14 SAAC representatives.
To learn more about Special Olympics Virginia, click here. The Special Olympics affiliation is part of a larger National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) initiative; Division III campuses across the country are encouraged to partner and develop relationships with Special Olympics.