Cannon Middle School Students Make a Difference with the Special Olympics


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Cannon School’s Middle School students and faculty were truly examples of the School’s motto “Go Beyond” with this year’s community outreach program.

Partnering with the Charlotte Checkers, Cannon sold tickets for the April 10 hockey game to raise money for Special Olympics North Carolina. After a heartwarming rendition of the National Anthem was sung by Sierra Davis ’18, Leigh Northrup, Anthony Muraca ’18, and Hope Springate ’18 were presented with a check for $3,455—enough to fully fund Cabarrus County’s Darius Robinson to attend the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, June 14-21 in Princeton, NJ.

Darius competed in the Cabarrus County Spring Games on April 9 in cycling. He is the only athlete from Cabarrus County to be selected to compete in the national games.

“Darius is such a great athlete,” said Jackson Welsh ’18, during the Cabarrus games. “To help him go to New Jersey would be a really heartwarming experience.”

Brooke de Gorter ’18 and Lucas Kabasakalian ’20 were the top two students in ticket sales. They were rewarded with a ride on the Zamboni machine at the Checkers game.

In addition to the fundraising effort, nearly 160 sixth graders, eighth graders, and faculty volunteered at the Cabarrus County Spring Games. Students worked on crafts and games in Olympic Village, and served as Olympic Buddies, competing with some of the athletes during the games.

“It is so important to instill a sense of purpose and service to kids to make sure that they know it is important to give back to the community, to help others, and to be a part of important events like these, like the Special Olympics,” said Leigh. “It is just so awesome when two organizations that are really committed to community service and to helping others come together—I like to think that a lot of times we can make some pretty special stuff happen.”

The Special Olympics USA Games will showcase the achievements and determination of Special Olympics athletes nationwide. Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in sixteen sports at the highest level nationally.