Each spring, Hobart and William Smith students descend upon the Quad to enjoy warmer weather and the company of their classmates. For one day in April, however, students had another cause for celebration, as they gathered to raise money at the Quad Olympics.
In the Spring of 2012, event coordinators Arthur Garvey ’13 and Max Janoff ’13 raised more than $1,600 for the Happiness House in Geneva. The two say they chose to work with the Happiness House because of their familiarity with the organization through the Hobart football team.
Happiness House, which offers an array of educational, therapeutic, recreational and family support programs, is noted for its excellent school for children with physical and learning disabilities. It also provides services for adults and children with and without disabilities. Happiness House touches the lives of more than 1,000 families in the Finger Lakes region each year.
“Once you go in, spend time with the kids and get to know them, they hold a very special place in your heart,” says Garvey.
In preparation for the event, Janoff and Garvey spent hours tabling in the Scandling Campus Center, and coordinating with campus offices to ensure the event ran smoothly. The two also presented each team with T-shirts, and the winners with medals.
“We will definitely be running the event again next year, and we hope it’s a big success again,” says Garvey.