SALEM — The Salem State University Athletics Department has been named as an Award of Merit winner by the National Association of Division 3 Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA)/Jostens Community Service Awards.
Salem State was honored at this year’s NCAA Annual Convention in Grapevine, Texas, where it received one of only three awards at this level in Division 3 Athletics.
The Vikings, who also won an Honorable Mention Award in 2007, were honored for their partnership with the Special Olympics and the service performed by student-athletes during the 2011-2012 academic year.
Last April 24, Salem State student-athletes and coaches volunteered at the inaugural Halfway to Halloween 5K (and 1K) Road Race in Salem, a fundraiser for the Special Olympics North Shore. Despite the rain and cool temperatures, the race was a success, with more than 180 runners competing. SSU volunteers were involved in registration, event management and post-event activities, and served as running buddies to the Special Olympians from across the North Shore.
The Salem State student-athletes and coaches have continued their commitment to Special Olympics into the current academic year, with volunteers from the cross country teams volunteering at the Special Olympics North Shore’s Jolly Jaunt Road Race last month. Additionally, SSU student-athletes and coaches will host the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference’s 2013 community service project this spring, featuring an afternoon of sports clinics with local Special Olympians, with activities led by student-athletes and coaches from all eight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletics Conference (MASCAC) institutions.