The Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter at UT Martin hosted Athlete Training Night on Tuesday, February 25 for the Upper West Tennessee Special Olympics program at the Skyhawk Fieldhouse.
The event, organized by Special Olympics Area Director and UT Martin Associate Professor of Special Education Clinton Smith, offers a unique opportunity for the chapter’s members to work closely with participants to learn about and prepare for the various athletic competitions held throughout the year.
“This was such an amazing experience,” said Jacob Rhodes (2023). “I think one kid named Daryl summed it up best when he said ‘We’re gonna get to play so many fun games!'”
“It was amazing to see the light in these kid’s eyes, and it really showed how we shouldn’t take anything for granted,” said Rhodes.
SigEp also presented the Special Olympics with a check for $1,192.00. The fraternity members raised the money through selling $1 cups of chili on a cold day, along with an innovative competition held in the University Center called “Change Wars,” where donation buckets for each CPC sorority were scored for bragging rights (with nickels, dimes and quarters reducing the points for a team) along with one for the general UT Martin community to participate.
The Balanced Man Program guides our members to seek out service learning opportunities such as this one. Through their volunteer efforts, they grow as individuals and leaders on campus.
About the Special Olympics
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.