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Lycoming Buddies to hold event for Special Olympics athletes

Lycoming Buddies to hold event for Special Olympics athletes

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The Lycoming College Community Service Center and Lycoming Buddies will hold the “Hand in Hand” festival on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Pennington Lounge in the Academic Center and on the intramural fields. The event is planned for Special Olympics athletes in the Williamsport area and will feature games, sports or activities organized by college clubs, organizations and sports teams. The event is free and open to the public.

The members of Lycoming Buddies help to support people with intellectual disabilities through friendship and employment opportunities. The organization has held “Hand in Hand” for several years and this is the second year that junior psychology major Meagan Jones has organized it. She feels that the event is important for raising community awareness about people with disabilities.

“The biggest thing I would like to get out of ‘Hand in Hand’ is breaking down prejudices and stereotypes of the special needs and special Olympic communities,” Jones said. “So many people have irrational fears or are simply ignorant of how wonderful these people truly are and how much we can learn from them. They’re truly some of the most special and beautiful people on this earth and I want to, through this event, show the campus community how wonderful and talented they are. I hope the athletes have a wonderful time and make friends in the process.”

For more information about the event, email the Lycoming College Community Service Center at

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