AUSTIN, Texas — Concordia University Texas (CTX), an NCAA Division III school and a member of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod Concordia University system, began a new partnership on April 19, 2011 with Special Olympics Texas (SOTX). The partnership kicked off earlier this month with an inaugural flag football competition at Reagan High School. The event hosted three games, as well as an individual skills competition.
Nineteen CTX students and staff members volunteered during the event, including seven players from the women’s basketball team, three players from the men’s basketball team, three members of the baseball team, two students from the choir and an athletics assistant. Volunteers helped with tasks such as scorekeeping, timekeeping, officiating and serving as runners and chasers.
CTX Sports Information Director Matthew Chmura, assistant women’s basketball coach Brandon Rohr, and former baseball player and current intramurals director Jason Wallingsford were all on hand to help with the event. Chmura served as the competition director, while Rohr and Wallingsford both served on the games committee; Rohr acted as the individual skills coordinator and Wallingsford as the officials coordinator.
In an interview with CTX women’s basketball player Madison “Maddi” Hess, Hess said the highlight of the day for her was, “Seeing everyone’s enthusiasm out there having fun. It’s just good to see how they enjoy playing the sport.”
Jason Miller, SOTX Area 13 Special Assistant, said “I think the day went really well…we had a lot of help from Matt Chmura and Concordia University…I really appreciate all the Concordia athletes and volunteers. They were amazing.” When asked what the highlight of the day was for Miller, he said, “This is gonna sound cliché, but just seeing the smiles on the faces of the athletes; they look like they really enjoyed flag football.”
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), headed by junior women’s soccer defender Dalaine Whitlock, and overseen by head women’s soccer coach Corey Holton and head softball coach Denise Lira, also began a program that has since been recognized by SOTX Public Relations. The program, Athletes for Athletes, according to the CTX Athletics website, “involves Concordia student-athletes going to support and volunteer at SOTX events in Austin and SOTX athletes coming to Concordia home events to support the Tornados [the school's mascot] in which all the game activities would be centered around them.”
We applaud CTX for their partnership with SOTX and their new Athletes for Athletes program and gladly award them with a Gold Star!
- To view pictures from the event or to learn more about CTX Athletics, please visit: http://athletics.concordia.edu/news/2011/10/1/BB_1001115429.aspx
- To learn more about Special Olympics Texas, please visit: http://www.sotx.org/
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