GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 27, 2016) — Bob Jones University, in conjunction with Greenville County Recreation District (GCRD), is hosting the annual Washington Center Challenge Day Friday, Sept. 30, 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). Over 100 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 10:30 a.m., will feature the 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. Brian Carruthers, Dean of the School of Education at BJU, will welcome the athletes, their families and the faculty/staff from Washington Center and 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 475 BJU students majoring in education, communication disorders, exercise science and sports management will be on hand. BJU Bruins volleyball and soccer athletes will also mingle with the WCCD athletes.