Forty-six University of Georgia student-athletes will volunteer for Special Olympics Prom this Thursday from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Clarke Central High School. Special Olympics at UGA organizes the prom each year to celebrate Athens-Clarke County students who participate in the Athens Special Olympics.
“Special Olympics Prom is such an incredible opportunity for student-athletes,” said Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) co-President Gunnar Bentz. “Working with these kids gives them a feeling of excitement and joy that is contagious and fulfilling.”
This year’s theme is “Welcome to the Jungle.” UGA student-athletes will escort Special Olympic athletes down the red carpet as their name is announced. In addition to dancing and music, the event will include a pie-in-the-face of UGA student-athlete volunteers. Proceeds from the pie-in-the-face will go towards Special Olympics in Athens-Clarke County.
“Special Olympics Prom is an event that SAAC members are excited about every year,” said SAAC co-President Summer Burnett. “The kids always have a fun time walking on the red carpet with a student-athlete as their escort.”
The following athletes are set to volunteer at Special Olympics Prom:
Amanda Ablan (softball), Jasmine Arnold (gymnastics), Vivi Babalis (gymnastics), Gunnar Bentz (men’s swimming and diving)*, Lizzie Brucia (soccer), Veronica Burchill (women’s swimming and diving), Kendall Burton (softball), Maya Caldwell (women’s basketball)*, Reggie Carter (football)*, Gracie Cherrey (gymnastics), Jordan Dogget (softball), Mackenzie Engram (women’s basketball), Reagan Glissam (soccer), Brittany Gray (softball)*, Allison Greene (women’s swimming and diving), Cejhae Greene (men’s track and field), James Guest (men’s swimming and diving), Aaron Davis (football)*, Tatiana Gusin (women’s track and field)*, Katie Higgins (soccer)*, Josh Horne (men’s swimming and diving), Tyler Jones (men’s track and field)*,Bryan Kamau (men’s track and field), Kendall Kazor (volleyball)*, Makenzi Kopp (women’s track and field), Landon Lambert (soccer), Emma Maisel (women’s cross country), Parker Nail (men’s track and field), Maddie Newman (equestrian), Basil Orr (men’s swimming and diving), Stephanie Paul (women’s basketball), Annabeth Payne (equestrian)*, Johnathan Pelham (men’s track and field), Stephanie Peters (women’s swimming and diving)*, Rashad Roundtree (football), Isabella Skinner (women’s golf), Kelly Skoglund (equestrian), Roquan Smith (football)*, Sydney Snead (gymnastics), Lacy Sumerlin (softball), Bailey Tardy (women’s golf), Mary Terry (women’s track and field),Steven Van Tiflin (football), Shaelyn Vering (equestrian), Kendal Williams (men’s track and field)*, Charlie Woerner (football)*
*Indicates a pie-in-the-face volunteer