Men's Soccer Preps for National Semifinal, Meets NCAA President at Special Olympics Clinic

Montclair State men's soccer student-athletes Kevin Brown (far left) and Jon Christensen (far right) along with head coach Todd Tumelty meet with NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert (2nd from left) at the Special Olympics Clinic held at the NCAA Men's and Women's Soccer Championships in San Antonio, Texas.

Montclair, NJ (12/1/11) – The Montclair State men's soccer team made one final preparation for Friday's NCAA national semifinal match and had a little bit of fun with members of Special Olympics while also getting a chance to meet NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert on Day 2 of the NCAA Division III Soccer Championships in San Antonio on Thursday.

The Red Hawks got a chance to view Blossom Soccer Stadium where they will square off against Ohio Wesleyan University at 6:30 p.m on Friday. Montclair then headed to the Star Soccer Complex for one last practice. Following the workout, the Red Hawks then took part in a one-hour clinic with members of the Special Olympics working with the members on various soccer skills. The team also got some help from the Olympians during their pre-game ritual (Video). The student-athletes then got a chance to meet with the NCAA President, who saw first-hand the NCAA's new initiative with Special Olympics.

Photos from Blossom Stadium / Practice
Photos from Special Olympics Clinic / Meeting with NCAA President

Montclair State's journey to the NCAA Championship began on Wednesday, November 30 as they departed from campus at 3:30 a.m. arriving in San Antonio by lunchtime and quickly went to work in preparation for their contest with the Battling Bishops. (Photos from Day One). The Montclair players took in a short workout at nearby Trinity University before making their way to the tournament hotel.

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