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Ramapo College Hosts Special Olympics

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)May 2, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. — Clubs and organizations of Ramapo College, along with numerous members of the Athletic Department, joined forces with Special Olympics New Jersey on Saturday, April 30 for a special track and field event on the College campus.

More than 30 athletes, including children and adults with intellectual disabilities from across New Jersey, participated in a track and field competition through Special Olympics New Jersey, an organization dedicated to bringing pride into the lives of all involved.

An estimated 70 students and staff volunteers from the College helped organize and run the inaugural event. “To see the smiles and excitement of the athletes, as well as the appreciation and sincerity of our volunteers, it was truly overwhelming,” said Miyah Meadows, volunteer coordinator.

In 2011, the Special Olympics joined forces with the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the sole purpose of “enhancing the lives of Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes through a mutual learning experience; provide a platform for recognition of Special Olympics athletes and Division III student-athletes within their communities; and raise awareness of Special Olympics, its programs and services.”

Events on this special day provided the opportunity for numerous members of the Ramapo College community to give back and also showcase their own abilities to lead and work as a team, essential for life after college. From the opening ceremony to the closing and awards presentation, it was a day filled with fun, laughter and some exciting competition. “Saturday was an outstanding day for the College, our Roadrunner Athletic Department and the many clubs and organizations that worked together to host our first Special Olympics event on campus,” said Ramapo College Director of Athletics Harold Crocker.  “A special thanks to Coach Justina Cassavell and her student-athletes for taking the lead with this project. Thank you to all those who helped make this event a success!”

For more information on Special Olympics New Jersey or the partnership with the NCAA, visit their respective web sites at http://www.sonj.org/index.html and http://www.ncaa.org/about/special-olympics-partnership

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About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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