(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) - The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that Thomas More College has won the NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll for the month of September.
The NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll is a story-telling initiative located on ncaa.org/D3SpecialOlympics. It features three new stories per month - each highlighting a Division III and Special Olympics joint activity or event.
After 780 votes, Thomas More won the September spotlight poll with 62 percent (481) of the votes. Thomas More won $500 towards its next Special Olympics activity, as well as being recognized in the next NCAA Division III Monthly Newsletter and on NCAA Division III social media channels.
On April 21, 2013 Thomas More College hosted the 2013 Kentucky Special Olympics Flag Football State Playoffs at The Bank of Kentucky Field and Griffin Plaza.
Four fields were set-up on The Bank of Kentucky Field and games ran from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 100 Thomas More student-athletes and the athletic staff volunteered announcing, keeping score, running the down markers, handing out awards and running the concession.
Division III Special Olympics Initiative
The purpose of the partnership is to improve the lives of Special Olympics athletes through their involvement with Division III student-athletes and to foster a mutual learning experience between Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes.
Through this partnership, Division III student-athletes across the country will be 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 could range from sports clinics to bowling, 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.