Seventh Annual Day with the Dukes - Saturday, September 14, 2013
JMU Athletics is proud to host the Seventh Annual Day with the Dukes this Saturday, September 14. JMU Football and Basketball programs will be joined by 60 athletes from the Special Olympics Virginia Shenandoah Region. After meeting their buddies from the JMU Psychology Peer Advisory Group, the Special Olympians will participate in activities and drills with the JMU Football team, Men’s and Women’s basketball programs and the award winning JMU Cheerleaders. Following lunch on Godwin field the athletes will get to watch JMU Football take on St. Francis in Bridgeforth Stadium that evening.
Started in 2007 by former JMU psychology peer advisor and tennis player Jesse Tarr, the Day with the Dukes program has grown into a tradition that is eagerly anticipated by not only the Special Olympians but by JMU Student-Athletes as well. “It’s a fun-filled and exciting day, but also is a great learning experience for our student athletes to interact with these great kids. Their attitudes and energy are a great example for everyone involved,” said Kelly Moore, JMU Coordinator of Promotions and Spirit.
Special Olympics Virginia is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Through work in sports, health education and community building, Special Olympics is addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society.
They serve more than 13,000 athletes through eight regional offices and 31 area programs. Thanks to a statewide volunteer network of more than 20,000 and the support of generous partners throughout Virginia, athletes pay nothing to participate. The Shenandoah Region of Special Olympics Virginia is one of eight regions in the state.
Tickets are still available for the game vs. St. Francis and can be ordered online or by calling the JMU Athletic Ticket office at (540) 568-DUKE.