UIC Athletics Teams Up With Special Olympics

Sophomore volleyball player Justine Garcia with a Special Olympics athlete.

Sophomore volleyball player Justine Garcia with a Special Olympics athlete.

Jan. 27, 2012

CHICAGO - Over 25 UIC student-athletes and Flames administrators volunteered for a Special Olympics event that took place inside the Physical Education Building on Thursday evening.  Coordinated by UIC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), volunteers provided guidance and assistance to the Special Olympic athletes as they competed in various basketball skill competitions.

UIC sport programs being represented at the event included soccer, volleyball, tennis and track and field, including several from the athletic administration offices.

“It means the world to them,” said Special Olympics administrator Dani Chitwood.  “They are excited that someone is not looking at them as a person with an intellectual disability, but as another athlete.”

“Giving back to our community means a lot to us,” said SAAC President Moriba Diallo.  “We want our community to know that we are there for them.”    

About SAAC:  The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience and to offer input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses. An Association-wide SAAC was adopted by legislation approved at the 1989 NCAA Convention, and was formed primarily to review and offer student-athlete input on NCAA activities and proposed legislation that affected student-athletes.