DENVER – Johnson & Wales University is thrilled to announce the Wildcats have won the August NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll.
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.
JWU Denver was recognized for a story highlighting its United Basketball game hosted in conjunction with Special Olympics Colorado last February.
The contest saw JWU student-athletes team up with athletes from Special Olympics Colorado for a basketball game in the Wildcat Center. The two teams battled through two 10-minute halves with three JWU athletes partnered with a pair of Special Olympic athletes on the court at a time with Wildcat men's basketball players serving as officials.
Following a halftime free throw contest by the participants JWU Denver SAAC President Bryce Moore presented Ben Wrubel, Unified Champion Schools Sports Manager for Special Olympics Colorado, with a check from JWU and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference's 'Change for the Better' campaign. During a pair of basketball doubleheaders in early February, SAAC members collected change from the crowd, resulting in $376.67 being donated to Special Olympics Colorado.
JWU Denver was one of three finalists in the August Spotlight Poll and received 90 percent of the votes. The Wildcats will be awarded $500 for its next Special Olympics event for winning the August Spotlight.