Author: Hannah Hanover
Categories: Athletics|Community|Impact

Houghton College will host the Special Olympics, and Allegany County Track and Field Day on Friday, May 3, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Nielsen Physical Education Center.

At 10 a.m. there will be an opening ceremony. Those unable to attend the events are encouraged to appear at the opening ceremony to cheer on event participants. After the opening ceremony, various athletic events will commence. The day will end with a closing ceremony and awards at noon.

“Involvement provides leadership and service opportunities for the Houghton College community of students, faculty and staff and provides a wonderful facility and set-up for Allegany County BOCES,” says Dr. Thomas Kettelkamp, professor of recreation and physical education.  “This whole experience is a win-win partnership for Houghton College and Allegany Country.”

Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8 a.m. for event preparation. If volunteers cannot meet at 8, they are encouraged to arrive by 9:50 a.m. and to remain until 12:30 to help disassemble the equipment.

Due to the construction of the new athletic fields, the events will be held inside the Nielsen Physical Education Center. For over 25 years, this event has been organized and hosted by Houghton College’s Department of Leisure Studies.

To volunteer or learn more about this opportunity to encourage unique athletes in the community, contact