Special Olympics volleyball tournament finds a welcoming host in Springfield College

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield College graduate students continued their tradition of giving back Sunday.

Graduate students from the sports management and recreation department sponsored their 8th annual “Special Olympics volleyball tournament.” 30 teams of Special Olympians from throughout Massachusetts came to play in the day-long competition.

Springfield College President Mary Beth Cooper warmly welcomed them to the campus. The graduate students feel honored hosting the Special Olympians at the Springfield College campus each year.

Tyler Kasuba spoke to 22News about what the tournament meant to him and fellow students.

“Our humanities in action, the triangle, mind, and body, it’s something that we embody. Even our graduate students who haven’t been here too long; just maybe, this might be their second semester,” Kasuba said.

He added, “You can kinda really see it brings it out of you when you’re on campus and you witness what’s going on.” 

For the Special Olympics competitors, this Springfield college tournament served as a qualifying competition for the state-wide summer games ahead.

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