INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Haverford College is once again featured in the NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll. The Fords earned a spot in the monthly poll for the second time in the last three months thanks to their volunteer effort at the 2013 Special Olympics Fall Festival hosted by Villanova University at the beginning of November.
Villanova's festival has evolved into the largest student-run Special Olympics event in the world and approximately 200 Haverford student-athletes from 13 different varsity teams helped make the 25th installment of the annual event another success.
Vote for the Fords at the NCAA's site. The December/January poll will close on Monday, Jan. 27 with the winner being recognized in the D-III Monthly Newsletter and on the D-III Special Olympics website while also earning $500 to use for its next Special Olympics event. The other story featured in the latest NCAA poll is the partnership effort by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and its member institutions with Special Olympics Virginia.
The NCAA encourages D-III student-athletes across the country to participate in existing Special Olympics events, create their own events, or otherwise serve to support Special Olympics organization.
The purpose of the NCAA's initiative is to improve the lives of Special Olympics athletes through their involvement with D-III student-athletes and to foster a mutual learning experience between D-III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes.
The women's soccer team earned a spot in October's poll for its connection with the Delaware County Special Olympics Chapter.