Thursday, April 21, 2016

SBU partners with Special Olympics for unified basketball competition, Torch Run

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., April 21, 2016 — St. Bonaventure University is partnering with Special Olympics New York to host a Special Olympics Unified Basketball Competition from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 
SBU’s unified competition will feature teams of students with and without intellectual disabilities. Approximately 225 athletes in grades four through 10 from Olean, Allegany-Limestone, Portville and Franklinville schools will be participating. Some 100 volunteers from the schools as well as St. Bonaventure students will be assisting throughout the day.  
The event will begin with the Trooper Ross M. Riley Memorial Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run in memory of the Allegany-area New York State Trooper who died in 2013 during a rescue training exercise. The torch run will begin at the Olean Municipal Building at 9 a.m. (Participants should arrive at the City Building by 8:30 a.m.) Runners will proceed down West State Street to campus and arrive at the unified competition opening ceremony in the Reilly Center Arena about 9:30 a.m. 
The basketball games will take place in the Reilly Center, Richter Center and Butler Gymnasium throughout the day until the 1 p.m. awards ceremony.  
Portville Central School District’s food service staff will be providing a healthy choice lunch as part of the day’s nutrition and wellness component. In addition, Dr. Claire Watson from the university’s Department of Physical Education, along with students from nutrition classes and MERT, will be conducting health and wellness programs. 
Those who are interested in running in the torch run or volunteering at the event can contact Naudia Saroyan at For more information, contact Dr. Paula Scraba at
Special Olympics New York focuses on providing year-round sports training and competitions in a variety of Olympics-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities.