For the 8th consecutive year Suffield Academy’s cross country program hosted the annual Special Olympics/Suffield Academy XC race on September 16. The 3K and 5K runs are held on our cross country course, and the event provides an opportunity for athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to compete together, gain physical fitness, and have fun. Suffield Academy students from the cross country, water polo, and JV field hockey teams were placed on teams with Special Olympics athletes and awards were given to the top three teams.
Participant Yaroslav Spytskyi ’24 said, “The Special Olympics race always becomes one of the highlights of cross country season for me because of the atmosphere of friendly competition and support that is evident in every aspect of the event. Athletes push each other during the race and cheer on one another as they cross the finish line.“ JV field hockey coach Kaitlyn Nigro added, “It was a beautiful afternoon not only because of the perfect weather, but because of the sportsmanship and community support of the event. I saw both Special Olympics and Suffield athletes pushing themselves and their athletic boundaries, and lots of positivity and energy.”