A little while back, we received an email asking Young Athlete families about an opportunity to volunteer together for Special Olympics New Jersey's One More Tri event. We were excited at the chance to be on the other end of things, to volunteer together as a family for the event. When we first signed up, we were assigned to a water station at the start of the running portion of the race. However, we ended up getting moved to the finish line so the kids could hand out medals to all of the finishers.
It was such a great day and a great opportunity for the kids to learn about being helpers. They were so good today, especially considering we arrived at the check-in at 6:30am. They walked to our first station, "helped" get set up with water, and then handed out the medals from the first finisher to the last.
It was pretty neat because Chris knew the top finisher and Colin gave him his medal.
Even better, Colin's Uncle Brian competed in the event, so they were able to give him his medal too (and a hug!).
What I enjoyed today was seeing the excitement on the kids' faces as they helped pass out the medals and then even more so, the reactions of some of the finishers as they accepted their medals. Despite being exhausted at the finish, many stopped and bent down so the kids could put the medals over their heads. A few came back and asked to take pictures with Colin or just to thank him.
It was such a great day supporting Special Olympics and all of the participating athletes!