For five Albion College student-athletes, a "perfect" Sunday included an hour drive to Adrian, Mich., to participate alongside Special Olympians in a unified challenge.
Adrian College and Albion College formed two teams split by ability. The teams competed in a basketball game, a volleyball match and relay races with a pizza party in between.
Caden Ebeling and Jaylin Fordham represented the Briton men's basketball team, while Jenna Khoury, Ava Smith, and Chloe Webber represented the Briton volleyball squad.
"Being able to play with and teach the athletes about volleyball and basketball sounds like a perfect Sunday to me," Webber, a first-year outside hitter from Marshall, Mich., said. "One of my favorite memories will be watching some great athletes make shots I couldn't even make."
Khoury, a first-year player in the back row from Farmington Hills, Mich., participated in an event with Special Olympians for the first time and she enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people while being able to play the sport she's passionate about.
"Watching the athletes being so proud of themselves and each other when they tried something different or accomplished something they didn't think they could do were my favorite memories," Khoury said.
Ebeling, Fordham and Webber will be traveling to the Special Olympics State Games in May to compete on the Area 16 unified volleyball team.
"Participating in Special Olympics is important to me because I want to be part of something bigger than myself," Ebeling, an all-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association first team pick from Shelby Township, Mich., said. "If someone asked me why this was important I would tell them not everyone is as blessed as we are and have the same opportunities we are given, and this is a way you can help someone that may not have as much going for them as you do."