UMO Students Host Butterfly Kickball Tournament

UMO Students Host Butterfly Kickball Tournament

MOUNT OLIVE- Five recreational therapy students represented the University of Mount Olive (UMO) on April 7, in a Butterfly Kickball tournament held at Edgewood Community Developmental School (ECDS) in Goldsboro.  The UMO students who attended the event include David Parker, Gina Harris, Madelyn Barnes, Meredith Fowler, and Kala Overton.

The Butterfly Kickball name arose from the UMO students’ belief that the butterfly can flourish with the right amount of nurture and care. This belief led them to treat the tournament as an opportunity for the ECDS students to blossom in the game of kickball.

The tournament was for children from ages 5 to 21 with developmental disabilities.  The committee’s goal was to provide the students with a safe, fun, and adaptive game of kickball.  The students at ECDS were divided by grade level and each played a 20-minute game.  Each student who participated received a medal at the end.

The UMO students agree that this was a rewarding opportunity. “Although the children may have disabilities, it does not limit their ability to blossom physically and mentally,” concluded Overton.

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Pictured are UMO student participants (left to right) Gina Harris, Madelyn Barnes, Meredith Fowler, Kala Overton, David Parker