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The Polar Spray returns to Bona’s

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By Hannah Legacy Contributing Writer   To kick off Family Weekend, the St. Bonaventure women’s swimming and diving team will host its third annual Polar Spray to support the Special Olympics of New York (SONY). Participants who attend will be sprayed by the Allegany Volunteer Fire Company. The Polar Spray originated from another event, the…

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Bonaventure hosts Special Olympics

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By Amelia Kibbe Advisory Editor More than 250 elementary, middle and high school athletes and nearly 100 volunteers will fill the Reilly Center and Sandra A. and William L. Richter Center today for four rounds of competitive play as part the annual Special Olympics Unified Basketball Competition. Before the games get underway, a torch run…

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Bonnies Polar Plunge team to assemble: Fundraising for Special Olympics takes a deep dive into fun

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By Cameron Pettrone Contributing Writer St. Bonaventure is taking a plunge in support of the Special Olympics. “The Polar Plunge is an annual event through the Special Olympics of New York and they are challenging colleges in the Buffalo area,” said Dr. Paula Scraba, O.S.F. “The whole thing is advocacy through sport.” The Polar Plunge…

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Annual Polar Spray returns, cooler than ever

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By Alexis Young Staff Writer Today marks the second annual Polar Spray hosted at the St. Bonaventure campus. Participants pay a $5 fee to be sprayed by the Allegany Fire Department in the fall weather to raise funds in support of the Special Olympics. The event will take place on the outdoor basketball courts between…

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Bonaventure partners with Haiti to help Special Olympics

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By Julia Mericle                                                                                                                               News Editor During halftime at yesterday’s game, the Bonaventure women’s soccer team, in partnership with Bona Responds, put “Project-Soccer for Haiti” into action with the collection of new and used soccer equipment. As an initiative of the new Bona Responds program, Bonas and Beyond: Haiti, an arrangement was made with Haitian…

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Special Olympics brings freeze to Bona’s

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By Lauren Zazzara Features Editor It’s not winter yet, but the St. Bonaventure campus will be freezing on Sept. 25. The women’s swimming and diving team will host a Polar Spray to raise money for Special Olympics New York athletes. The Allegany Volunteer Fire Company will be on campus to spray registered participants with a…

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Going for the gold

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For 25 years, Carl Case, professor of management, has been coaching Special Olympics teams.  Case has a 31-year-old son with Down syndrome, so his involvement with the organization has a personal connection. The Special Olympics started in the early 1960s, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver saw the unfair treatment people with mental disabilities experienced. She began…

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Students pledge to plunge

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By Amelia Kibbe Features Editor St. Bonaventure students are ready to brace themselves against the frigid depths of Lake Ontario as they participate in a polar plunge to support Special Olympics Dec. 6. The event, which takes place at Woodlawn Beach State Park in Buffalo, raises money for the St. Bonaventure University chapter of the…

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SBU expands role in Special Olympics

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By Taylor Nigrelli Sports Editor Thursday, St. Bonaventure students joined local law enforcement agents, high school students, Special Olympic athletes and others for the 2014 Law Enforcement torch run to honor late state trooper Ross M. Riley. Riley, an Allegany native, was killed in a rappelling training exercise in November. Olean is just one of…

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Bonnies ball with kids for a cause

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By Heather Monahan Features Editor   Sports is one of the most internationally-recognized pastimes. It can bring people together and form bonds between different groups. That was the idea Unified Sports built upon. The program, funded by the Special Olympics, brings together athletes of the same age, regardless of whether or not they have disabilities.…

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Bona’s to work with Special Olympics

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By Annie Riley Assistant News Editor St. Bonaventure will co-host unified basketball games and clinics with Special Olympics New York on April 19 and 20. The men’s and women’s basketball teams will participate in a clinic for the Special Olympics teams in the Western New York area. The event on Sat., April 20, will involve…

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Physical Education students present at conference

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By Nate West News Assignment Editor On Nov. 14 and 15, St. Bonaventure physical education students presented at the New York State Association for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference at Turning Stone Convention Center in Verona, N.Y. Team members included, Matthew Acquilano, Jillian Rowe, Jessenia Andujar, Lauren Capotorto, Jessica Petruzzi, Logan Dewe, Ryan…

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Students, faculty coach for Special Olympics

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By Kerri Linsenbigler Features Assignment Editor “If you believe in acceptance, empowerment, opportunity and fun, you are already a fan of Special Olympics.” According to the Special Olympics New York volunteer handbook, volunteering with Special Olympics creates a strong connection with athletes even after the games end. At St. Bonaventure, faculty and students are doing…

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