On October, 25, 2015, approximately 150 Gettysburg College student-athletes welcomed dozens of Special Olympics Pennsylvania -Adams County athletes to The Jaeger Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness for a fun-filled night of exercise and nutrition called "Fit Fest."
All the athletes from both Special Olympics and Gettysburg were divided into groups which rotated between six different stations designed to inform and demonstrate proper skills concerning physical and nutritional activities. The stations included speed and agility, yoga and stretching, lifting, nutrition, Zumba, and heart rate. The overall mood was uplifting and exciting, and athletes from both sides shared stories and laughs as the evening progressed.
The entire night was designed not only to teach the Special Olympics athletes about better health, but to serve as a unifying experience for all participants. This message is a key part of the foundation of the NCAA Division III SAAC and Special Olympics partnership which began over four years ago.
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