Hobart and William Smith’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) and local Special Olympics athletes will join together for dinner in conjunction with the President’s Forum and Elizabeth Blackwell Award presentations on Thursday, Oct. 27. Timothy Perry Schriver, chief executive officer of Special Olympics, will deliver the President’s Forum address and will accept the Blackwell Award on behalf of his mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of Special Olympics.
The NCAA Division III SAAC initiated a partnership with the Special Olympics to be implemented in the 2011-12 academic year. The partnership is designed to improve the lives of Special Olympics athletes through their involvement with Division III student-athletes, fostering a mutual learning experience between HWS student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes.
Special Olympics athletes and coaches from the Ontario ARC will take part in the dinner at 6:30 p.m., prior to the start of the President’s Forum address which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. The event kicks off the HWS and Special Olympics partnership. Throughout the year, HWS will host clinics for Special Olympics athletes and invite them to take part in game day activities. In addition, HWS student-athletes plan to support the Special Olympics athletes at their events.
The President’s Forum Series, established in 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, brings a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas. The Elizabeth Blackwell Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Colleges, is given to women whose lives exemplify outstanding service to humanity. It’s named for Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in modern times to receive the Doctor of Medicine degree.
SAAC aims to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare, and fostering a positive student-athlete image. The committee also offers input on the rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes’ lives on NCAA member institution campuses.