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Special Olympics Partnership

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 爱的交换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

August 2020 Special Olympics Spotlight Poll

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Special Olympics Spotlight Poll Winner - July 2020

After 453 total votes, , won the July Special Olympics Spotlight Poll by gathering 77% (350) of the total votes.. The Knights will receive $500 to use for its next Special Olympics event

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爱的交换In honor of the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics and in celebration of the Division III partnership, Division III and Special Olympics have joined forces to honoring the unified work of the NCAA, Division III and Special Olympics. Use the hashtag #d3SO50for50th for more profiles and on any Division III/Special Olympics activities.


DIII Special Olympics profile: Bethany College (West Virginia)

For Bethany (West Virginia) sophomore Allison Paxton, organizing the college’s first Special Olympics event was personal.

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