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Vote For Iowa Wesleyan In Special Olympics Partnership

Vote For Iowa Wesleyan In Special Olympics Partnership

You can vote for Iowa Wesleyan University as part of a partnership with Special Olympics. Iowa Wesleyan held a state wide Special Olympics event last spring and are now eligible to win $500 through the NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll. Iowa Wesleyan is one of three institutions up for the award. You can vote for Iowa Wesleyan HERE and are allowed to vote once each day up until the deadline on November 25th. Be sure to support Iowa Wesleyan University and the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference by casting your vote!

On April 11, 2015 Iowa Wesleyan hosted the annual Southeast Iowa Special Olympics Spring Games at Maple Leaf Athletic Complex in Mt. Plesant, Iowa. The Spring Games is a track and field event held annually for athletes to compete and qualify to go on to the state competition held at Iowa State University. The Southeast Iowa Spring Games hosted over 200 Special Olympic athletes and over 130 volunteers, including over 50 Iowa Wesleyan student-athletes. To view a recap of the event click HERE

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.

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 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.

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