The Loomis Chaffee community hosted the Northern Connecticut Time Trials for the Special Olympics for the fifth consecutive year on Sunday, May 6.
About 300 student and adult volunteers from Loomis and the surrounding community gathered at the Wilde Track, Olcott Gymnasium, and Hedges Pool to orchestrate the time trials for more than 500 athletes. The athletes competed in swimming and track and field, which included running events, high jump, long jump, and javelin. Based on the athletes' performances during the trials, they could qualify to compete in the state's Summer Games at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven June 8–10.
The day's rain showers didn't stop anyone from having fun, as the day began with an opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. followed by a full day of events and activities. Track and field events were conducted on the Wilde Track while swimming took place in Hedges Pool. Olcott Gym was set up as an Olympic Village, where games and fun activities, such as basketball, arts and crafts, and corn hole toss, took place.
Loomis' volunteer effort as host of the time trials was led by seniors Cali Stevens, Aidan Murphy, Sam DiMaio, Matt Giuttari, Connor Leighton, Tyler Delgado, and Max Barr; juniors Danny Cecere, Jaden Rismay, Thomas Martin, Maddie Corsetti, Charlotte Fanning, Meghan Halsenbalg, and Tiara Lewis-Falloon; and sophomores Tommy Costello and Peter Steinle.
As a leadership group, these students organized the hundreds of student volunteers and coordinated with the Loomis Athletics Department and with the school's Norton Family Center for the Common Good.
To learn more about the Special Olympics or to get involved, visit the Special Olympics Connecticut.