Members of two Greek organizations at Frostburg State University joined forces with FSU's Center for Volunteerism and National Programs to help out with the Special Olympics Maryland recently held at the Wisp Ski Resort.
The ladies of Alpha Sigma Tau and the men of Delta Chi spent the afternoon and evening assisting with the opening ceremonies held Sunday, Feb. 24, by setting up tents, posting signs and cheering on the athletes. Some of the Greeks accompanied athletes from their home counties as they entered the competition area. The students also ate dinner with the athletes.
"Greeks are very involved in service," said Cherie Krug, director of FSU's Center for Volunteerism and National Service.
Shelly Ducatt, FSU's director of Greek Life and Leadership, agrees. "The University is putting a renewed emphasis on community service for Greek organizations and exploring what it means to provide service."
Some of the Greek volunteers were among the 351 hardy individuals who braved the lake's icy waters to participate in Sunday morning's Deep Creek Dunk, which alone raised more than $60,000. Others took part in the Reggae Fest benefit on Friday evening at the Wisp's Bear Claw Snow Tube Park. Joining them were members of FSU's Women's Softball Team and their coach, Becky Keller.
"We are so appreciative and grateful," said Kim Novak, the senior director of Volunteer Resource Management for Special Olympics of Maryland.
Citing the increase in Greek participation since FSU students first became involved in the Special Olympics, Novak said, "Cherie Krug, Colleen Peterson (FSU's Director of Alumni Affairs and associate vice-president of University Advancement) and Dr. Catherine Gira (FSU president) are the key to our success."
"It was a great end of a wonderful weekend," Krug said of Sunday's activities.
Special Olympics is an international organization dedicated to empowering individuals with mental retardation to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Special Olympics offers children and adults with mental retardation year-round training and competition in 26 Olympic-type summer and winter sports.
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