Keene State College hosted the Greeks vs. Athletes Penny Wars. 

Angelique Inchierca / Photo Editor

Angelique Inchierca / Photo Editor

The Penny Wars were hosted in celebration of the National Collegiate Athletic Associations (NCAA’s) Division III Week, the KSC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in partnership with the Department of Athletics and Recreation and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is sponsoring the second annual “Penny War” to raise funds for Special Olympics, an official partner of the NCAA. 

The Greeks and Athletes were collecting spare change in a friendly competition where all pennies counted towards a teams’ total, while all silver coins were subtracted from each total. Individuals placed pennies in their teams’ bucket, while putting silver coins into the other teams’ bucket. There were buckets placed in two locations on campus, one location being at the base of the stairs to the second floor of Spaulding Gym, and the other on a table under the stairs in the first floor of the student center.

The buckets were counted on Friday, April 6 and all donations benefitted the Special Olympics of New Hampshire. Since the partnership between the Special Olympics and the NCAA Division III began in 2011, student-athletes across the country have been encouraged to participate in existing Special Olympics events, create their own events, or otherwise serve to support Special Olympics organization. 

The purpose of this partnership is to enhance the lives of Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes through a mutual learning experience, as well as to provide a platform for recognition of Special Olympics athletes and Division III student-athletes within their communities; and raise awareness of Special Olympics, its programs and services

The two groups also participated in the second annual “Greeks vs. Athletes Olympics” on Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. in Spaulding Gymnasium. Greeks were asked to wear black, while Athletes were asked to wear red. 

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