sports as a vehicle to increase aware-
ness of people with intellectual dis-
break down barriers they face.
ing to Johnson.
cacy and service to people with intellec-
tual disabilities through sports," Johnson
said. "Sports is still at our core but, for
example, we're leading the call in trying
to get the public to stop using the R-word
(retard) with the R-word Campaign. Spe-
cial Olympics is at the forefront of that."
holds a master's degree in Franciscan
studies from SBU. She said Franciscans
are trained to be facilitators and advo-
from me -- it's a reciprocal type pro-
gram," said Scraba.
never been possible without Scraba's ded-
ication and without the foresight of Ath-
letics Director Steve Watson.
Steve Watson's contributions to this part-
nership are immeasurable. He has been a
stalwart champion for our mission."
what students get out of the experiences.
said. "I can talk until I'm blue in the face
in the classroom about advocacy and
working with people with disabilities or
being sensitive to them, but that hands-
on experience really drives it home."
great things they have done in the past
and have added one more with the uni-
versity as a Special Olympics center."
service, said Johnson, who marked his
40th class reunion in June.
university has been solid continuously
through those years," Johnson said.
mosphere because I lived it. I've watched
all of the activities and things the stu-
dents do for the university and I have
never been prouder than I was this week-
cation major at St. Bonaventure. Tulio
wrote for the campus newspaper, The
Bona Venture, for four semesters. She
held the position of sports editor during
the spring 2013 semester and is currently
the Student Government Association
(SGA) Strategic Communications and Dig-
ital Media Intern for the Office of Market-
ing and Communications.