Greenville, S.C. (September 24, 2013) – Bob Jones University, in conjunction with Greenville County Recreation District (GCRD), is hosting the annual Washington Center Challenge Day Fri., Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the BJU campus.
This Special Olympics event is the culmination of an eight week period called the Motor Activities Training Program (MATP). Approximately 145 athletes from Washington Center School will come to the Davis Field House (DFH) to perform a physical activity they have learned and practiced at school.
The opening ceremonies, which will begin around 10:00 a.m., will have a Parade of Athletes, the Special Olympics Oath and the Lighting of the Flame of Hope. Geoff Hart, anchor at WYFF TV 4, will serve as the emcee. Dr. Stephen Jones, BJU’s president, will welcome the athletes, their families and the faculty/staff from Washington Center and will open the event in prayer.
The event will also feature an “Olympic Town” with carnival-type games and prizes. There will also be a music tent and face-painting tent for students to be able to entertain and engage the athletes.
For more than two decades, the BJU School of Education has partnered with the GCRD to sponsor the event. To assist the athletes, over 400 BJU students majoring in education, communication disorders and health, fitness and recreation will be on hand.