Division III Week is a positive opportunity for individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community. The 2014 Division III Week begins Monday, April 7 and runs through Sunday, April 13. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) at Landmark Conference member institutions have been planning events around Division III Week to celebrate on their own campuses.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Moravian College
hosted its 2nd Annual Special Olympics Basketball Tournament on
Saturday, Apr. 5. The event was a huge success as every player,
coach and spectator left the gym with a smile on their face.
"Watching the joy and excitement on every player's face reminded me of why I love sports," said junior SAAC secretary Emily Marley.
Over 60 Special Olympic athletes from both the Lehigh and Bethlehem chapters played a number of 3 vs. 3 and 5 vs. 5 basketball games throughout the day. Over 70 of Moravian’s student-athletes from men’s and women's basketball, field hockey, football, men’s and women's soccer, and volleyball participated in the event. The student-athletes made posters, officiated the games, prepared the free lunch for the guests, and cheered the participants from the sidelines. SAAC president Brian Boland helped run the event and noted that the athletes at Moravian College were happy to give back to their community in this small, but effective way.
“This is such a terrific event and our student-athletes really enjoy working with the Special Olympic athletes,” SAAC advisor Shelley Bauder commented. “The directors and coaches from Lehigh and Bethlehem were so appreciative and said that their athletes talk about this event all year long. It goes without saying that reaching out to these Special Olympic athletes in turn touches our Hound athletes in a way they will remember for a long time.”