The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team recently enjoyed a weekend full of Olympic activity right here in Cheney, Wash. The Eagles volunteered at the Special Olympics Spring Games May 6-7.
The Spring Games is an annual event that serves Special Olympians from 20 different counties throughout Central and Eastern Washington. The 2011 edition in Cheney included two complete days of competition ranging from aquatic races to cycling to a full lineup of track and field events, which took place amid the famous red Sprinturf at Roos Field.
The women's basketball squad helped with all aspects of the Games, including timing, judging, event management, cheering and coaching.
"It's a privilege for us to be involved with the Special Olympics," said EWU head women's basketball coach Wendy Schuller. "These service activities give our team a chance to be a part of something much bigger and more important than ourselves."
"We are extremely fortunate to be part of Eastern Athletics," added Schuller. "It is nice to be able to reach out and work with these athletes from our region."
The Spring Games is one of the many Special Olympics activities Eastern is involved in throughout the year. During the 2010 fall quarter, members of the women's basketball squad volunteered at the annual East Region Bowling Tournament, where they helped coach, encourage and record scores of the athletes and teams participating.
"We are involved with a number of community service projects," stated Schuller. "But the Special Olympics holds a special place in the hearts of every member of our team."