NWU to Become Special Olympic Village

With memories of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver still fresh in our minds, Nebraska Wesleyan University is preparing its own Olympic Village. Lincoln will host the Special Olympics 2010 USA National Games July 18-23. And Nebraska Wesleyan will house many of its athletes.

Just as Vancouver did this year, Nebraska Wesleyan is working tirelessly to be the best possible host to our Olympians.

“Getting our facilities ready for use during the summer is no small task,” said Dean of Students Pete Armstrong. He called the university’s preparations for the games “a total team effort,” saying, “An army of staff and students will put in a lot of hours getting (residential facilities) ship-shape after nine months of normal student wear and tear.”

When it comes to hosting athletes, NWU is a seasoned veteran. The university hosts many athletic camps each year. It has also housed Nebraska’s north team for the annual Shrine Bowl for several years.

Nebraska Wesleyan is proud to support Lincoln and this year’s Special Olympics USA National Games. Armstrong also recognized what hosting the athletes can mean for the university. “Not everyone staying on campus will be a prospective student, but word of mouth to friends and family members can be a powerful recruiting tool.” He added, “A number of students will tell you that they ‘fell in love’ with the place” as a result of events such as these on campus.