Austin College Nominated for NCAA D3 Special Olympics Spotlight Poll

Members of the Austin College community recently welcomed Special Olympics participants from throughout North Texas to campus to participate in a Special Olympics Individual Skills Competition, and the effort has been recognized by the NCAA as one of three nominees for the Special Olympics Spotlight.

More than 200 Austin College students and athlete participants participated in the event, which was coordinated by former Austin College women's basketball star Katy Williams along with the Austin College Service Station and various other organizations on campus, including the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

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.

The story with the highest number of votes on February 25 will be declared the winner. The poll will close at 5 p.m. ET. The winning institution or conference will be given $500 to use for its next Special Olympics event. Other perks for winning include being recognized in the Division III Monthly Newsletter and on the Division III Special Olympics website.

Featured stories are selected based on inclusion of the student-athlete perspective and Division III messaging.

The event was featured on KXII, with full video available on KXII.com. Check out more pictures in our photo gallery, as well.