Becker wins Special Olympics Spotlight Poll
Published on: April 25, 2019
Recently, a call went out to the Becker College students, faculty, and staff.
“Becker College community,” it read, “We need your help!”
And the Becker community didn’t disappoint.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association nominated Becker for its Special Olympics Spotlight Poll. The College community was thrilled to be nominated, but they needed a lot of votes to win, and they were up against much bigger schools.
“We knew if we asked for help from our Becker students, faculty, and staff,” said Frank Millerick, vice president of student affairs and director of athletics, “they’d come through for us. This is what Becker is all about – a small-knit community that works together.”
Earlier this year, the Becker College community welcomed athletes with intellectual disabilities, ages 9 through 16, to take part in Special Olympics basketball games in the Leicester Gymnasium. Becker student athletes helped the Special Olympics athletes participate. They helped the athletes get rebounds and make passes, while teaching them how to play the game. Becker athletes also setup and refereed the games, and, most importantly, they encouraged the Special Olympics athletes.
“It was really a special day for all our teams to come together as one and cheer on a really great cause,” Michael McMahon was quoted saying right after the event. He is co-president of Becker’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and plays on Becker’s men’s baseball team. “It was really just a great day overall as a community. It really brings together both athletes and students.”
“We’re so proud to have the Special Olympics on campus and it’s an event everyone on campus rallies around,” said Millerick.
Then the NCAA nominated the College’s story about the Special Olympics event held on campus, and the Becker community rallied together again to try and win the poll.
Word went out on social media and talk about voting could be overheard in campus offices. Finally, the official word came: Becker had won. The College received more than 40 percent of the vote and received $500.
“We’re thrilled to be recognized,” said Millerick. “And we’re appreciative of the prize. They money will be put to good use at our next Special Olympics event.”
Becker is still ironing out the details of next year’s event. But enthusiasm is already building. You can read Becker’s winning article about our Special Olympics coverage here.