“Camp Shriver is really a great opportunity for these kids to shine,” said Pothier. “It gives them a chance to spend time together and play sports, something that they seem to really enjoy. I’m happy to be a part of camp today and am glad to help put a smile on the faces of such special athletes.”
The afternoon began with sandwiches and a special ceremony hosted under the shade of a tent in the expansive backyard of the Shriver home in Potomac, Md. Camp staff distributed a number of “Angel Awards,” given to campers and volunteers for all of their hard work and positive attitudes during the course of camp. Pothier assisted in the ceremonial ribbon cutting before six groups of campers sang their own group camp song in front of the crowd.
After the conclusion of the ceremony, campers dispersed throughout the backyard to play games like soccer and kickball, while some even cooled off from the heat of the day by taking a dip in the pool.
Pothier kicked the ball around himself, dribbling with kids on the soccer field, and participating in a few innings of kickball.
Special Olympics Camp Shriver is an opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities to participate in individual and team sports while building friendships with fellow athletes and camp volunteers. Camp Shriver hosts more than 20 camps throughout the United States.