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Area 5 Special Olympians, Ferris Hockey Team Meet for Friendly Competition Oct. 18

Poly hockey

The Area 5 Special Olympians are ready to keep their winning streak alive in their poly hockey game with the Bulldog men's ice hockey team.

The Special Olympics College Club at Ferris State University joins the Sports Careers registered student organization on Tuesday, Oct. 18, as Area 5 Special Olympians look to continue a winning streak in poly hockey against the Bulldogs’ men’s hockey team.

According to adviser Sandra Alspach, this 7 p.m. event in the Student Recreation Center has been a feature event for the Sports Careers RSO.

“This event illustrates the common love of sport and competition, where the shared mission is that ‘anyone can play,’” Alspach said.

The Bulldogs are in an off week as the game follows last weekend’s nonleague home series against Canisius of Buffalo, New York. Ferris Coach Bob Daniels said this activity and outreach are important for his players to experience.

“They love it,” Daniels said. “The Sports Careers RSO students make it simple for us. My nephew plays for our team. It’s a treat for the players. The competition is fun, and the friendships this game generates are even better.”

Alspach agreed, saying the event has served as exposure to Sports Communication students. Their pursuit of a rewarding career may not find them in the collegiate or professional athletic ranks.

“We have graduates working for Special Olympics as regional representatives,” Alspach said. “The game is a genuine example of inclusion, where the Area 5 students get to live out their love of competition in this opportunity.”

Daniels said the series record between the teams cannot be ignored, even in a friendly event.

“We would hope to win one of these days,” he said. “We will give it a good go.”

For more information, contact Dakota Young by email or by calling (231) 349-4909.