By Brian Kirwan ’13
Chapman University’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recently hosted nearly 100 athletes from the
Southern California chapter of the Special Olympics
for a basketball clinic in Harold Hutton Sports Center.
The event was in partnership with NCAA Division III and the Special Olympics. The goal was to foster a mutual learning experience between Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes.
“I wanted it to be run like a normal basketball camp,” said basketball player Greg Watson ’15, the event’s organizer. “We had them go through many fundamental drills, but the goal was to have fun.”
The camp was run like most, beginning with warm-ups and skills training and concluding with some friendly competition. Pitching in with instruction were athletes from football and the women’s soccer team.
“I really think that all of the Special Olympics athletes had a great time,” said Chapman SAAC President Elliot Cooley ’13, a defensive lineman on the football squad and president of SAAC. “(Our) athletes did a great job interacting with all the Olympians, and I really think they all enjoyed it as well.”
SAAC hopes to make the basketball clinic an annual event.