More than 100 elementary, middle, and high school students with special needs will participate in the 29th annual Tournament of Champions on Friday, April 6, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gill Gym at McDaniel College. The event is open to students with orthopedic, visual, and behavioral needs who attend public, private, or home schools and do not qualify for Special Olympics.
Tournament of Champions allows the students to participate alongside McDaniel buddies who are primarily student-athletes at McDaniel. The students challenge themselves individually and achieve their best scores in various athletic events, such as parachute play, scooter races, Frisbee toss, and bowling, among others. All events are modified to meet the individual needs of the participants. Students do not compete against each other and can go back to any of the event stations to better their own scores.
The schedule for the day is listed below:
10 a.m.: Opening Ceremony, including a parade of the student athletes
10:15 a.m.–noon: Athletic events take place. (Lunch is served promptly at noon.)
Students choose from various athletic activities, such as parachute play, scooter races, Frisbee toss, and bowling, among others.
1 p.m.: Relay race with the student athletes and McDaniel students participating together.
1:15 p.m.: Awards Ceremony with representatives from the Maryland State Police and Westminster Police Department. Each participant receives a medal and certificate.
2 p.m.: Event concludes.
Tournament of Champions is organized by students in McDaniel College’s adapted physical education class in conjunction with Carroll County Public Schools. Many of the McDaniel students involved are student-athletes and/or exercise science and physical education majors, one of the college’s largest majors.