Waterville Valley, NH – Four RSEC Academy students volunteered their time and abundant energy to serve at the 37th Annual State Winter Games held by Special Olympics NH. Hundreds of athletes, spectators, law enforcement partners and volunteers gathered at Waterville Valley March 3–5 to support teams from across NH while they competed in Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snowshoeing events.
In the RSEC tradition of giving back to local communities, Academy students William Desrochers of Merrimack, Brian Loeffler of Plaistow, Daniel Thompson of Bedford, and Joseph Marshall of Merrimack showed their volunteer versatility by assisting at a number of events over the course of the Games. The four boys were tail runners at the alpine skiing and snowboarding events, and were responsible for keeping their group of athletes safely together and getting them to their races on time. The students were also instrumental in the success of the Opening Ceremonies, setting up signs and banners, and gathering the athletes for the parade.
On February 2, The RSEC Academy sent a group to participate in the Special Olympics NH High School Plunge, where students raised just over $2400 to support the New Hampshire athletes who represented Special Olympics Team USA at the World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
“It’s a wonderful experience for our students to witness first-hand why they participate in these fundraisers. The opportunity to work with the New Hampshire athletes that will eventually represent our state on the world stage completes the circle for these amazing students,” said Janet Reed, director of The Academy.