UT Tyler to Host: Special Olympics with Swoop

Monday, April 4, 2016

TYLER – The UT Tyler Student Athlete Advisory Committee will be hosting a Special Olympics event on Sunday on the UT Tyler campus in accordance with the East Texas Special Olympics and LeTourneau University SAAC student-athletes as a part of the NCAA D3 week.

The event will be held from 3-5:00 p.m. on Sunday with stations for the athletes set up in the Herrington Patriot Center, on the tennis courts and the soccer field. Athletes will have the opportunity to play soccer, basketball, tennis, volleyball and work on their running skills with track and cross country drills.

D3 week is a national week of recognition of the scholar-athletes who participate in Division III athletics.  Nearly all of the 400+ D3 schools will have activities, many with Special Olympics.  D3 SAAC encourages schools to work with Special Olympics, hence our desire to do something special on that Sunday to cap our week.

40-50 Special Olympic athletes are expected to participate where they will learn drills throughout the stations while playing with UT Tyler athletes.

Athletes will spend 10-15 minutes at each station before concluding the event with a basketball game between the UT Tyler men’s/women’s teams and the Special Olympics men’s team. The game will begin around 4:15 in the HPC.

UT Tyler SAAC President and volleyball athlete Rebecca Floyd is very excited about the event saying its an honor to be able to host Special Olympics with Swoop.

“As a volleyball player, an honors student and now the current SAAC president, this event will be one of my proudest accomplishments,” Floyd said. “As an organization we will successfully host UT Tyler's first Special Olympics event, with the hopes of starting an annual tradition. We are so excited to see all of the Special Olympic athletes and our athletes interacting, along with the UT Tyler community.”

Parking for the event is located at the HPC, the soccer field parking lot and at the University Center with UT Tyler students and the Tyler community being encouraged to attend as there is no charge with lawn chairs and coolers welcome.

Other D3 activities happening this week on the UT Tyler campus include a video produced by UT Tyler athletes for the “It’s On Us” campaign to make the campus community aware of and help prevent sexual abuse; the wearing of D3 shirts around campus and on the day of the Special Olympics event; and outreach by athletes to area high schools to share their D3 experience with high school athletes.