Volleyball to Scrimmage with Special Olympics of Hamilton County|
April 17, 2013
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati volleyball team will compete in a unified scrimmage with the Special Olympics of Hamilton County on Thurs., April 18 at 6 p.m. The scrimmage will take place at the opening game of the SOHC volleyball season at The Rost School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“Our team is excited to be playing unified volleyball with out Hamilton County Special Olympics volleyball players” said head coach Molly Alvey. “We have continued to develop such a fantastic relationship with one another over the past year in which all of the athletes grow and benefit from our time together.”
UC volleyball players will be playing on the court with the Special Olympics athletes, with teams being made of proportionate numbers of Bearcats and SOHC athletes.
While this will be the first time that the team has played in a unified scrimmage with the SOHC, the Bearcats volleyball team and the Special Olympics of Hamilton Country have forged a bond over the past year. The SOHC has participated in competition between sets of the UC volleyball matches on several occasions and the Cincinnati team has organized volleyball training clinics for SOHC athletes. The Special Olympics athletes have become some of UC volleyball’s biggest fans and have made appearances at team practices to observe and cheer on the Bearcats. The team held a meet and greet with the athletes of the SOHC and also participated in the Special Olympics of Hamilton County’s end of the year event, running a volleyball station to teach all SOHC athletes volleyball skills.
Alvey enjoys volunteering with the Special Olympics of Hamilton County and recognizes the benefits for both the SOHC athletes and the Bearcats volleyball players.
“A unified scrimmage joins athletes of similar ages and playing abilities and allows players with and without intellectual disabilities to be on the same team. It is an amazing way to train with the team while also building relationships and understanding of the game.”