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Lycoming College students test the fortitude of special Olympians at Hand-in-Hand event

Lycoming College students test the fortitude of special Olympians at Hand-in-Hand event

A Lycoming College student pauses a moment with her buddy on their way to decorate cut outs of hands to be posted on a wall mural.

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Lycoming College students offered a variety of games and sporting events to challenge 42 special Olympians from the Lycoming County region during the annual Hand-in-Hand event held at the College in late October.

The Olympians earned accolades and cheers from their families, friends and Lycoming students while participating in activities like musical chairs, ring toss, Plinko, bingo and karaoke. Lycoming’s men’s and women’s basketball, women’s soccer, and volleyball teams organized games in their respective sports.

“Hand in Hand provides special Olympians with the opportunity to engage with and revel in the enthusiasm and dedication of our students,” said Rev. Jeff LeCrone, director of spiritual life and community service for Lycoming College. “Our students get to experience how enjoyable this sometimes forgotten population is and appreciate their value to our community. It’s a win-win for both students and Olympians.”

Other Lycoming sports teams represented were men’s and women’s lacrosse, cross country and softball. Student organizations included Lyco Buddies, United Campus Ministry, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Beta Phi Gamma, Alpha Rho Omega, Gamma Delta Sigma and Student Senate.

“Our thanks to Parkhurst Dining for providing free ice cream for all participants and their families,” LeCrone said.

Community Service Center staff Chantelle Lutz, Kari McCoy and Victoria Dent helped organize the event. Lycoming College Community Service Center sponsored the event with assistance from Lyco Buddies.