Remarkable Community Service Experiences
For 34 years, Country Day’s Upper School students, faculty, and staff have taken a two-day break from the rigors of academia to host the Special Olympics Mecklenburg County Spring Games on Cannon Campus. The event is a huge undertaking, with 1,100 athletes and nearly 900 Country Day and community volunteers.
Over the years, Special Olympics has become a part of our school’s identity—an event that younger students look forward to and alumni recall as one of their most cherished high school memories.
This year was no different. Despite steady rain on the first day of competition, the event was filled with hugs, smiles, and high-fives. Here’s a look at this year’s event through eyes of various community members.
A Special Olympian’s mother posted this moving and powerful thank you to the school’s Facebook page. It’s a shining example of our Affirmation of Community, mission, and key values in action:
"I was impressed by the understanding and compassion the two young men that were assigned to help my son, Marcus, displayed. For this one day our family was accepted and people didn't stare ❤. Special thanks to Peter and Vaed (don't know their last names), but their parents (and the school) have taught them something that most people never learn, understanding, patience and acceptance for diversity! Thank you all."
South Charlotte Weekly Story
South Charlotte Weekly ran a story about our Special Olympics tradition and profiled junior Brooks Riley, whose positive experience with Country Day’s two-day event led her to become a coach for a soccer team in the fall and swim team in the winter. Brooks says the relationship is reciprocal: “At lot of the athletes teach me lessons through their drive to want to be better, which inspires me to want to be better.” Read the full story.
Parent Doug Drew was on hand the first day to capture many photos, including this student smiling through the rain.
See more here.