NDC's swimming and diving teams volunteered at a Special Olympics event.

Swim Teams Volunteer at Special Olympics

Saturdays in the fall and winter are a hectic time in collegiate swimming and diving. On one recent Saturday, though, Notre Dame swimmers and divers took time to run a meet, not compete in one.

The meet was a special one -- a Special Olympics competition at the Wooster Area YMCA on Nov. 6. For a second straight year, NDC Swimming & Diving was a part of the proceedings in Wooster, as the Falcons volunteered their services as timers, athlete escorts, announcers and award presenters.The Falcon swim team volunteered at the Special Olympics for the second year in a row.

Junior NDC swimmer Jackie Walsh organized the volunteer experience for the team.

“Volunteering at the Special Olympics was a great experience for our team," she said. "We were able to see those less fortunate than us achieve things greater than ourselves. Volunteering helped our team to gain an appreciation for our own good fortunes.”

The support Notre Dame Swimming & Diving provided was noted by the event’s co-director, Ron Leonard.

“I haven’t been involved in coordinating a Special Olympics event that ran any smoother," Leonard said. "This is due, to a very large extent, to the volunteerism of the Notre Dame College swim team.”

The following Saturday, the Falcons were back in the water when the team hosted a dual meet against West Virginia Wesleyan. For Walsh and the rest of the squad, competing at a high level with determination and pride, came a bit easier than it had before. Because perhaps they had witnessed the highest level of competition seven days prior.