Courtesy of Elizabethtown Athletic Communications
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. -- Elizabethtown College received more than 1,300 votes in support of its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee-hosted Special Olympics swim meet to win the NCAA's Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll for the month of May.
Elizabethtown's SAAC worked in conjunction with Special Olympics of Lancaster County to bring a Special Olympics swim meet to the Alumni Pool on March 19, an event that was widely praised by participants, attendees and organizers.
The SAAC, under the direction of advisor Amy Hough and President Addie Stang, took charge of the event, but many Blue Jay teams and student-athletes volunteered their time to help foster a welcoming environment and passion for the event that took it to the next level, and ensured its success.
As a result of being the top vote-getter in May, Elizabethtown will receive $500 from the NCAA to enhance its next Special Olympics initiative. The first-year success of the swim meet has organizers excited about the possibilities of turning it into an annual occurrence and growing the participant base.
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.
In addition to its $500 prize, Elizabethtown's story will be shared in the NCAA's monthly Division III newsletter and throughout NCAA Division III's social media channels.