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Penn State Altoona Athletics, SAAC Recognized for Special Olympics Volunteer Work

Penn State Altoona Athletics, SAAC Recognized for Special Olympics Volunteer Work

5/21/2015 — PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State Altoona Varsity Athletics and its Student-Athlete Advisory Council were commended for their volunteer work with the Special Olympics this week when the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference handed out its annual community service recognition.

Penn State Altoona was given a Silver Award from the AMCC in the category of "Ongoing Event" for the Athletics department's continued partnership with the Special Olympics during the 2014-2015 year.

Penn State Altoona has enjoyed a close friendship with the Special Olympics of Blair County and Central Pennsylvania since 2012, being involved in numerous volunteer opportunities aimed at benefiting the Special Olympians through instruction and participation in sports practices, as well as fundraising in support of the organization's mission.

The 2014-2015 year saw Penn State Altoona SAAC members, student-athletes, coaches, faculty, and athletics staff combine to volunteer in 24 different Special Olympics activities, including practices and competitions in basketball, bocce, bowling, swimming, track & field, and volleyball. Penn State Altoona also hosted the fourth annual Student-Athlete vs. Staff Faculty charity basketball game, which raised money for the Special Olympics and also showcased the Special Olympians' basketball skills during halftime of the contest.


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