UWSP student athletes team up with Special Olympics athletes

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) -- Dozens of UW-Stevens Point student athletes got to spend time playing different sports with Special Olympics athletes, at the inaugural 'Horsin' Around with the Pointers' event.

"We have UWSP hosts for each one of our Special Olympics guests, and then we have areas set up around the gym for them to interact with all of the student athletes that chose to volunteer," said Diane Gilbert, the Associate Head Coach of the women's basketball team at UWSP.

Thursday night, student athletes volunteered to spend time with the Special Olympics athletes. There were about 10 different stations that the athletes could stop and play games at, all while spending time with the student athletes.

"It's great for our student athletes to give back to the community and the area that is so good to us here at UWSP. That support us, that help us, that give back to us," said Gilbert.

"Just seeing smiles is the greatest thing, and when activities get rolling you can see they're all having fun and it's just such a good time," said Alex Egbert, a outdoor track athlete.

All of the athletes had fun playing games with each other at the event.

"It's kind of a humbling experience for us cause we see athletes just like us all the time competing, but there's other athletes like the Special Olympics athletes that work just as hard and have just as much fun as we do. And it's a good chance to talk to them and enjoy time with them," said Egbert.

Organizers said it was a good experience for everyone involved.

"Our partnership with Special Olympics is very important to our department, and we really wanted to hold an event that we could interact with those athletes, and then also again give back to the central Wisconsin community," said Gilbert.

This was the first 'Horsin' Around with the Pointers' event, and organizers add that they plan to bring it back next year and hope to make it an annual event.