Written by Student Assistant Garrett Hittner
TACOMA, Wash. - The Northwest Conference Champion Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team gave back to the community on Sunday, April 29, volunteering at the Special Olympics Unified Soccer Tournament at Mount Tahoma High School.
17 Lute student-athletes on the men's soccer team participated in the event. At the Special Olympics Unified Soccer Tournament, the team helped set up the event, ran a skill session, and helped maintain the field. During the tournament play, the Lutes monitored the fields and kept score during the games, volunteering from 7 a.m. until noon.
Junior Elijah James Hurt went above and beyond the call of duty by staying until 6 p.m. to help with the event. Working at this event is a rewarding experience for athletes and helps teach how blessed they are to have the opportunities that they do.
"Special Olympics provides us with an opportunity to push our comfort zones and work with amazing people to gain experiences that we can carry through college and into the real world," said Hurt.
Cole Weaver, a sophomore for the Lutes, enjoyed his experience volunteering as a referee at the event.
"Volunteering with Special Olympics is always so rewarding. I love connecting with the athletes and watching them compete. I was lucky enough to get the chance to be a referee and participate in games. I had a great time," said Weaver.
In addition to helping out with the Special Olympics Unified Soccer Tournament, four Lutes, Joe Sammartino, Chris Trussel, Spencer Hokama, and Bennett Bugbee, spent the day volunteering at a YMCA Clinic for underprivileged youth in the area.