USM SAAC Hosting “A Husky Holiday” with Maine Special Olympians on Saturday, December 7

USM SAAC Hosting “A Husky Holiday” with Maine Special Olympians on Saturday, December 7

GORHAM, Maine –  Celebrating the relationship with the Cumberland County Special Olympians and University of Southern Maine student-athletes and the upcoming festive season, the Huskies' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is planning "A Husky Holiday" to compliment a full day of USM Athletics' events on Saturday, December 7 at the Costello Sports Complex in Gorham, Maine. 

            "When the annual Husky Community Halloween Party had to be shelved this year due to inclement weather our SAAC members had a lot of extra energy," said Samantha Allen, women's basketball coach and SAAC Advisor.  "And, when they heard that their friends at Maine Special Olympics were without a venue for their annual holiday party the student-athletes and the athletics administration jumped at the chance to create a fun and festive environment." 

            USM SAAC and Huskies' Athletics has had a long-standing relationship with Maine Special Olympics, hosting its annual basketball tournament each year and more recently the creation of its Huskies' Unified Sports Program (Read More About Huskies' Unified Sports) – a program that earned the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrator's (NADIIIAA) inaugural Josten's Community Service Award for Special Olympics Activity in January of 2019. 

            In addition to the Huskies' athletic events (wrestling, men's and women's basketball and men's and women's ice hockey), USM SAAC will host activities as part of the in-game experience and throughout the day including Santa hat decorating, Reindeer Games (ring toss, snowball toss), and meet & greet with Champ the Husky.  

            "This is a great way to bring our student-athletes and our friends at Special Olympics and their families together before the semester break.  We hope it will be a fun time for all involved," said Allen. 


A Husky Holiday- Saturday, December 7




10:00 am

Wrestling – Ted Reese Invitational

Costello Sports Complex Fieldhouse

12:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Refreshments for Maine Special Olympians & Families

  • Santa Hat, Ornament Decorating
  • Pictures with Champ the Husky

Alumni Reception Room, USM Ice Arena

12:55 pm

Women's Ice Hockey – Ceremonial Puck Drop

USM Ice Arena

1:00 pm

Women's Ice Hockey vs. Norwich

USM Ice Arena

1:00 pm

Women's Basketball vs. Western Connecticut

Hill Gymnasium

~1:30 pm

WBB: Halftime Knockout Competition

Hill Gymnasium

~1:30 pm

WIH: Tshirt Toss between 1st & 2nd Period

USM Ice Arena

3:00 pm

Men's Basketball vs. Western Connecticut

Hill Gymnasium

~3:30 pm

MBB: Halftime Dribble Relay Race


3:55 pm

Men's Ice Hockey – Ceremonial Puck Drop


4:00 pm

Men's Ice Hockey  vs. Hobart




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