May 7, 2010
On May 2, 2010, the Boston University Athletic Department and Student Athletic Advisory Council (SAAC) hosted the Massachusetts Special Olympics North Section Aquatics State Games Qualifier. The event boasted around 17 teams and 300 competitors, who swam a total of nearly 700 individual races.
The event began with an opening ceremony complete with diver, Tanner Knorr, singing the national anthem, special recognition for Boston University's SAAC for its time and efforts, and many welcoming words from the Special Olympics staff. The athletes were given the opportunity to swim two individual races and one relay, and every athlete received a medal.
"Hosting the Special Olympics is one of the biggest highlights of our year," said swimming and diving head coach Bill Smyth. "I'm personally inspired by the joy and courage that each athlete displays so openly and enthusiastically after their races. We're honored that the Special Olympics branch in Massachusetts has chosen Boston University to host such a special and important event."
Special Olympics swim meets are in their second year of existence at Boston University, thanks to the efforts and planning of Boston University SAAC. The meet grew from our inaugural meet last year, where it featured between 50-100 athletes.
"In my opinion, the success of our relationship with the Special Olympics of Massachusetts is due in part to our belief in the importance of giving these athletes the opportunity to compete in world-class facilities and receive medals that acknowledge their strength and accomplishments," said senior men's swimmer and SAAC Vice President Kyle Berg. "As athletes, we have the privilege to pass on the lessons that athletics have taught us and promote the benefits of athletic competition. It is my hope that our relationship and support of the Special Olympics of Massachusetts will continue to grow and become a long standing tradition for the future of Boston University Athletics."