SAA Softball Programs Team Up to Support Special Olympics in 2017

SAA Softball Programs Team Up to Support Special Olympics in 2017

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ATLANTA – The softball programs of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) have announced their partnership with Special Olympics for the upcoming 2017 season.

Keeping in line with the NCAA Division III partnership launched back in 2011, the goal is to enhance the lives of the student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes through a mutual learning experience; provide a platform for recognition of Special Olympics athletes and Division III student-athletes within their communities; and raise awareness of Special Olympics, its programs and services.

The conference-wide initiative will take various forms across each program, with each individual team partnering with Special Olympics groups in their neighboring communities in unique ways.  The SAA Softball partnership is the first time in the conference's young history that the teams have worked together in a joint project

It was created and implemented by the softball coaches of the SAA, an act that Commissioner Jay Gardiner hopes to see grow to other programs around the league.

"I am honored to be associated with a conference that is filled with unselfish and generous student-athletes and coaches," Gardiner said. "This partnership is an example of this spirit of kindness and a desire to give back to our community."

The SAA softball season will begin in mid-February with the league championship to be played April 21-23 in Chattanooga, Tenn.