GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 4, 2018) – Bob Jones University, in conjunction with Greenville County Recreation, is hosting the annual Washington Center Challenge Day (WCCD) Friday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the BJU campus.
“We place great value on our partnership with BJU and with Greenville County Parks and Recreation,” says Dr. Penny Rogers, principal of Washington Center. “Events such as Washington Center Challenge Day enrich the lives of our students immeasurably, and we especially appreciate the BJU students who push wheelchairs and shepherd our students during this event.”
This Special Olympics event is the culmination of an 8-week period called the Motor Activities Training Program (MATP). Over 100 athletes from Washington Center School will come to the Davis Field House to perform a physical activity they have learned and practiced at school.
The opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. and will feature the Parade of Athletes, the Special Olympics Oath and the Lighting of the Flame of Hope. Geoff Hart, morning news anchor for WYFF News 4, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. John Matthews, vice president for advancement and alumni relations at BJU, will welcome the athletes and their families as well as the faculty and staff from Washington Center and open the event in prayer.
The event will also feature an “Olympic Town” with carnival games and prizes as well as a music tent and face-painting tent for BJU students to be able to entertain and engage the athletes.
The BJU School of Education has partnered with Greenville County Rec for 26 years in sponsoring this event. Over 400 BJU students majoring in education, communication disorders, exercise science and sports management, as well as the BJU Bruins student athletes, will assist the WCCD athletes during the event.