Hardin-Simmons set for Division III week activity

By Chad Grubbs
Special to Inside The Pew

ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons’ athletic teams will host a field day in conjunction with the Special Olympics of Texas on April 11 at the HSU track.

The field day is part of the partnership between Division III and the Special Olympics and the kids that will be participating will use it as part of their training for their regional track and field meet that will be held on May 5.

“This gives us the opportunity to interact with the Special Olympic athletes and we probably end up getting more out of it than the Special Olympic kids,” said Rebecca Roth HSU’s President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. “We really learn a lot from them and it will be a fun day.”

HSU picked the date of April 11 because it coincides with the inaugural Division III Week Campaign by the NCAA.

The NCAA national office also will be focusing attention on the Special Olympics partnership during the NCAA Division III Week celebration which takes place this week. Division III will donate $1 (up to $5,000) to Special Olympics for every new “Like” posted through April 15 on the division’s Facebook page, and also plans events for staff members to celebrate the week in Indianapolis.

It also will monitor conferences’ and schools’ use of social media (including Facebook and Twitter), watching for opportunities to link to or “retweet” Division III Week messaging.

The event is part of Division III’s identity initiative, which was introduced in 2010 to provide an assortment of tools and programs for use in sharpening the division’s identity, and to enable schools and conferences to consistently explain to constituencies ranging from prospective student-athletes to the local community why they prefer to compete in Division III.

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