On Saturday, March 18, 2017, Holy Cross High School hosted the Special Olympics Basketball Invitational with the cooperation of many other schools in the Greater Waterbury area. Over 200 Special Olympics athletes were in attendance for this event.
"We asked Kennedy High School, West Side Middle School and Chase Collegiate School to provide gym space," said Meg Dwyer '05, Director of Student Activities. "We provide the student volunteers to help with the management and operations." Simultaneously, Naugatuck High School also hosted athletes. The participants learned the skills of the game at Holy Cross. They later branched off into divisions at the other schools where they competed in brackets.
"I always look forward to this event," said Emma Gargano '17. "I have such a deep connection with the Special Olympics athletes. Each year, there is one or two kids that I bond with. It's nice to see them year after year. They remember who you are. Seeing them win and have fun is one of the best feelings."
Opening ceremonies were held at Holy Cross. Crusader students sang the National Anthem and emceed the ceremonies. Performers from the Music Department provided marching music.
"We've had a great relationship with Special Olympics for the last three decades," said Ms. Dwyer. "This year, MacDermid was their new sponsor. They brought backpacks and lunches for the players. The Opening Ceremonies were well attended and well received, thanks to MacDermid. It was also very nice to have so many representatives from Special Olympics, MacDermid and the city of Waterbury in attendance."