A full eight-week Special Olympics program will begin on Tabor’s campus this coming January 2016.
The arrival of Special Olympics to the Tabor campus results from partnership between math teacher, Tim Cleary and Senior, Molly Bent.
Bent’s sister Sarah is an eleven year old with Downs Syndrome and regular visitor to Tabor’s campus.
“Every time she [Sarah] comes to Tabor, the community is always so nice to her. My friends love to come up to her and say hello, and just a few weeks ago, two students and a teacher walked her to my soccer game when they saw her walking near the wrong field.”
Cleary worked with Special Olympics at his previous school (Suffield Academy) and saw the potential of Tabor’s involvement with Special Olympics.
“I was lucky enough to work with a passionate group of students at my last school as we brought Special Olympics programming to campus in a meaningful way. When we made the decision to bring our family up to Marion and Tabor Academy, I knew this was work I wanted to continue…It is a great chance to use the beautiful facilities that Tabor has for a population that sometimes struggles to find field or court space. Not only that, it gives Tabor students an opportunity to learn about life through a different lens,” Cleary explained.
Bent recounted the project’s beginnings: “When Mr. Cleary mentioned that he wanted to start a Special Olympics program here at Tabor, I thought it was a great idea. I think the Tabor community will bring a lot of enthusiasm when helping out with the Young Athletes. And I also think they will really enjoy the opportunity to work with these kids – it’s almost impossible to leave something like this without a smile on your face.”
Cleary remarked, “Over 120 students wanted to be part of our Special Olympics group. Everyone at Tabor has been so supportive of us moving forward with this important work.”
Tabor’s program begins with free “Open House” sessions this fall at Tabor’s Fish Center for Health and Athletics located at 256 Front Street. Open house sessions are scheduled for 2:00-3:00pm on 11/8, 11/15, 12/6 and 12/13. The full eight-week program will begin in January 2016.