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Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Club will participate in the annual Waynesburg Borough Halloween parade sponsored by the Lions Club to support the Special Olympics Greene County Program. The parade will be held Thursday, Oct. 29, immediately following the Borough’s trick-or-treating tradition behind the Greene County Office Building.

The Criminal Justice Club is partnering with the Special Olympics Greene County management team to create awareness of the Special Olympics program in the county. Both organizations have chosen to participate in this event because of the large amount of community members who attend the parade each year. Their goal is to inform the community of the program as well as the benefits for individuals with intellectual disabilities to sign up as athletes. In addition, both organizations are looking to attract volunteers.

“This is one of the many events the Criminal Justice Club participates in to help spread awareness of the Special Olympics program,” said Todd Breninghouse, senior criminal justice administration major and president of the Criminal Justice Club. “Special Olympics is such a meaningful and amazing organization, and we want to make sure the community is well aware of the opportunities one can gain from being a part of it.”

The Criminal Justice Club and the Special Olympics Greene County management team will walk behind the Special Olympics athletes in the parade wearing Special Olympics T-shirts in support of the organization. Also, the two teams will be distributing candy promoting the program during the parade.

For more information, contact Randi Chambers, manager of Special Olympics Greene County at 724-998-8109.

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. The organizations empowers people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_special-olympics-logo.jpgWaynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Club will host a Special Olympics Meet-and-Greet event Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Waynesburg University Gymnasium. 

In conjunction with the Special Olympics Greene County Program, the purpose of the event is to inform the community of the local program and the benefits of participating. The two organizations welcome all prospective Special Olympics athletes, parents and individuals looking to volunteer at Special Olympics-sponsored events. 

The event will include demonstrations of sports the program will offer, testimonials from athletes and coaches as well as sign-ups for those interested in getting involved. 

“The meet-and-greet is a combined effort by criminal justice students, communication students and Waynesburg University alumni who share the vision of bringing training and competition to our Special Olympic athletes in Greene County,” said James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice at Waynesburg University and member of the Special Olympics Greene County Board.

The Criminal Justice Club, which resurrected the Special Olympics Greene County Program last year, hopes to gain athletes from the area who are committed to breaking down the barriers that exclude people with intellectual disabilities. 

“For the past two years, Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Club students have embraced the Special Olympics with energy and passion,” said Tanda. “Many have taken the freezing cold Polar Plunge and others are planning on running in the Law Enforcement Torch Run in our continued effort to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics in our community.”

Members of the Criminal Justice Club as well as additional students from the University will volunteer at the event. The volunteers anticipate helping prospective athletes understand the program as well as making connections with them. 

Special Olympics is something very near and dear to my heart,” said Taylor White, sophomore public relations major and volunteer for Special Olympics Greene County. “The program allows athletes to open up and showcase their talents. I am excited to be a part of this event and help put a smile on their faces.” 

For more information, contact Tanda at jtanda@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3371.

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. The organization empowers people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.  

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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