WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America Athletics Department was once again recognized for its extensive work with the Special Olympics. The Cardinals are nominated for the March NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll. The story with the highest number of votes on March 25 is the winner. The poll will close at midnight ET so vote today!
The winning institution will be given $500 to use for its next Special Olympics event. The winning story will also be recognized in the Division III Monthly Newsletter and on the Division III homepage.
Catholic is recognized due to its student-athletes recently raising nearly $24,000 for Special Olympics D.C. at its annual Polar Plunge that took place inside Cardinal Stadium in early February.
Additionally, Catholic was recognized this year by the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) with an Award of Merit for the department's ongoing work with Special Olympics D.C.
The Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) initiated the partnership at the 2011 NCAA Convention and officially launched the partnership on August 1, 2011. The purpose of the partnership is to enhance the lives of Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes through a mutual learning experience; provide a platform for recognition of Special Olympics athletes and Division III student-athletes within their communities; and raise awareness of Special Olympics, its programs and services.
Through this partnership, Division III student-athletes across the country are encouraged to participate in existing Special Olympics events, create their own events, or otherwise serve to support Special Olympics organization. The activities pursued by student-athletes will vary in each state and region, tailored to best utilize the student-athletes' time and local resources. Service activities with Special Olympic athletes range from unified events to sports clinics to bowling as well as pizza parties or fundraising efforts.
This partnership provides the opportunity for student-athletes to engage with Special Olympics and collaborate with existing student-led programs on campus. It also serves as another opportunity to demonstrate the citizenship and comprehensive learning attributes of Division III student-athletes. Student-athletes giving back to their local (and often national and international) communities not only adds to the comprehensive learning component of Division III, but also provides a venue for passion and service.
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