|BOSS Soldiers lend a hand to Special Olympics
Source: By The Bayonet John W. Peeler
Benning Bayonet, 31 Oct 2008
BOSS Soldiers lend a hand to Special
By The Bayonet John W. Peeler
Soldiers from several units on Fort Benning gathered at the Lumpkin Center on the campus of Columbus State University Oct. 24 to help special Olympians from the greater Columbus area during the Area 10 2008 Special Olympics indoor winter games.
“The BOSS program was the main volunteer source for the games,” said Daniel Lockart, Regional Manager for Special Olympics, Georgia. They have been volunteering for more than five years.
Even the bad weather could not deter the more than 200 Olympians who participated in the basketball-themed games.
“We had to make some adjustments to the schedule, but we’re here,” said Lockart.
BOSS turned out in force for the Olympics with 118 volunteers assisting in the games, said Sgt. Zkmain Mahoney, Fort Benning BOSS Program president.
“The BOSS Program did an excellent job working with the athletes and volunteering throughout the day,” Lockart said. “Teachers and parents came up to me and thanked me for a job well done regarding the games … this thankfulness should resonate with every Soldier who participated because they directly impacted the joy, courage, and strength of our athletes.
“I am not sure if these games would have been possible without the support of the Fort Benning BOSS Program Soldiers.”
“We just want to get out and be able to help the kids,” Mahoney said. “We want them to see that we are here to support them no matter what.”
Mahoney said the BOSS Program participated in the spring Special Olympics and were invited back to the winter games.
“It is one of our top priorities,” Mahoney said. “We hope to be able to participate in the games as long as they are around.”
Soldiers from 16 units at Fort Benning volunteered to help out with the Olympics.
The Soldiers really enjoyed the entire event,” Mahoney said. “It made us realize that these kids have goals too and want to be accepted by society and are willing to do something like this.”