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Molloy Athletics Teams up with Special Olympics Long Island

Molloy Athletics and Special Olympics LogoOver the past three months, the Molloy College Department of Athletics has partnered with the Special Olympics of Long Island to put together three community engagement events. These experiences, geared toward developing a stronger relationship between the Molloy family and its surrounding community, have developed a link between the two organizations that all involved can only hope to enhance.

On Saturday, February 18, 2012, four co-ed basketball teams from the Special Olympics came and put on a spectacular show during halftime of Molloy's men's and women's basketball games at Quealy Gymnasium in Rockville Centre, N.Y. The display of teamwork and sportsmanship embodied by the athletes who participated was enlightening, and a true testament to what the Special Olympics is about. 

Molloy followed that up by hosting a clinic for coaches in the Special Olympics organization. On the morning of March 10, 2012, more than 50 Special Olympics coaches piled into two classrooms in Kellenberg Hall to receive lectures and presentations about coaching. After a break for lunch in the Hays Theater, Molloy basketball coaches Tim O'Hagan and Charlie Marquardt, along with volleyball coach Billy Corrao, hosted visiting coaches in a hands-on clinic.

They introduced them to new drills, coaching techniques, and skills workouts. "I was very excited to help the basketball coaches from the Special Olympics," added Marquardt. "During the lecture, it was very evident how committed and passionate these coaches are about helping their team improve in the sport of basketball, and more importantly, treating their players with caring attention."

To wrap it all up, the Department of Athletics arranged a Special Olympics St. Patrick's Day Dance in Hays Theater on Saturday, March 24. Nearly 100 Special Olympics athletes joined 25 Molloy student-athletes to dance the night away. This event provided a venue for each athlete to relax and step away from the playing field, while developing personal relationships with someone they have not crossed paths with in the past.

The dance floor was packed from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. With a live disk jockey, who played today's hits, plenty of healthy snacks, and St. Patrick's Day decorations hanging each way you turned, the experience was a memorable one.

The Molloy College Department of Athletics is eagerly looking forward to working with the Special Olympics of Long Island in the future. For more information, please click here.

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