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Saint Joseph Hill AcademyUnder the Direction of the Daughter of Divine Charity

Kathleen Bridgeman Helps Coach Special Olympics

Kathleen, who has been swimming for most of her life, has found a way to combine her passion for the sport and her passion for helping others.  

She was recently asked to help coach the Staten Island Special Olympics swim team.  Her team, which consists of swimmers ages 18 and older, practices weekly at the Elizabeth Connelly Center pool in Willowbrook.  "This journey allowed me to broaden my horizon and Special Olympics will always be the place where there's no limit, no boundaries and I think I've become a better person from it."

At Hill, Kathleen is one of the captains of the swim team and has been an active member of the Special Olympics Club for four years.  She recently participated in the Staten Island Polar Plunge along with the rest of the Hill swim team.  They helped raise over $11,700 for local Special Olympics athletes.  "A lot of these athletes can't afford the program for them so to be able to raise money for these athletes it allows them to do something they love."