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Students, athletes participate in ongoing unified basketball league

Peyton Alonzo, Reporter

March 14, 2019

The Wellness Center began partnering with the local Special Olympics in fall of 2016, creating the unified sports league for students and athletes. This is the first semester that the unified basketball league is offered. Mike Richardson, assistant director of the wellness center, said, "It's impo...

Special Olympics brings inclusion to campus

Madison Davis, Reporter

October 18, 2018

The North Texas Special Olympics, an official club on campus, is looking to offer opportunities designed to include the athletes in and out of the classroom. Area Director Mike Strickland said he is excited for what the future looks like for special olympics on campus and his athletes are excited...

Special Olympics profits from Polar Plunge success

Special Olympics profits from Polar Plunge success

Cortney Wood

February 1, 2017

More than 100 people took on the Polar Plunge Jan. 28 at Bruce & Graciela Redwine Student Wellness Center to benefit the North Texas Special Olympics raising over $5,200. “That’s the largest number of participants we’ve ever had,” Mike Strickland, Special Olympics North Texas area director,...

Second Polar Plunge Jan. 28

Kara McIntyre

January 18, 2017

For the second year in a row, Special Olympics Texas will host its Polar Plunge at the Wellness Center on Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. Whoever is ready to freeze for a reason can register online — $60 for adults and $30 for youth (under 19 years old), either registered individually or in teams. All proceeds ...

Special Olympic athletes ‘inspire’ students with passion

Special Olympic athletes ‘inspire’ students with passion

Jeanette Perry

September 28, 2016

In Rio De Janeiro this past summer, the 4' gymnast Simone Biles, the swimmer with five gold medals and one silver medal, got all the attention.Tomorrow, the action will not be as fast, nor will the competition be as stiff. But it's highly likely the passion the athletes exhibit will meet — or surpas...

Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics

Edward Grisham

February 17, 2014

A pool party in February may sound crazy, but it is not as strange as it seems. The Polar Plunge is an annual event that is a fund-raiser for the Special Olympics. Plungers brave the cold water to raise money based on pledged amounts for special Olympic participants. “This is for our Special...

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