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Long Island University Soccer Hosts Special Olympics Camp

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Brian Harmon,Director of Public Relations
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Brooklyn, N.Y. – The Long Island University men's and women's soccer teams hosted a camp for Special Olympics athletes on Thursday at LIU Field on the University's Brooklyn Campus. The squads taught the athletes such soccer skills as shooting, dribbling, passing and throwing.

“It's terrific when the soccer team can teach our athletes the skills necessary to do well in soccer and offer them an opportunity to learn a new sport,” said Tom Peyton, program director for Special Olympics New York.

Brittany Giesen, a sophomore soccer player and one of the 20 LIU soccer team members who took part in the event, noted how receptive the Special Olympics athletes were to the coaching.

“The athletes really enjoyed learning soccer and were really enthusiastic,” she said.

Ten Special Olympics athletes participated, receiving one-on-one attention.

“The Special Olympians had a lot of fun, it was great,” junior Adam Janssen added. “Seeing how happy they were brings joy to everyone and makes it worthwhile for everyone.”

The Special Olympics were started in 1962 in an effort to involve individuals with intellectual disabilities in sports. Today, the athletes have an opportunity to participate in over 30 Olympic-type individual and team sports.

For more information, contact Anna Pawlaczyk at the Brooklyn Campus at (718) 488-1000, ext. 3026, or anna.pawlaczyk@my.liu.edu.

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Posted 04/28/2011

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