CV Academy helps Special Olympians reach cold


CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Every year, more than a thousand athletes, coaches and volunteers converge onto Sugarloaf Mountain for one of the largest Special Olympics Winter Games in the country.

Now in its 45th year, the games have evolved to offer alpine/nordic skiing, snowshoe racing and speed skating.

Seth Wescott spoke during opening ceremony.

The student-athletes of Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA) were among the hundreds of volunteers who were on-hand Jan. 26 to 28 for the three-day event. Every year the CVA students look forward to upholding a community tradition of committing to the athletes and the activities of the Winter Games at Sugarloaf.

“Carrabassett Valley Academy, its students, faculty and staff, has been and continues to be a crucial part of the success of our annual state Winter Games,” said Phil Geelhoed, Maine Special Olympics president.

He said, “As a host venue to our snowshoe competition, and the backbone of our alpine one-on-one program, we feel we have formed a relationship with this institution and its students that could not be duplicated in many other places. Each year, our athletes truly look forward to skiing with CVA’s athletes. The Sugarloaf Community has embraced our Winter Games since 1982 and CVA has been leading the way.”