April 24, 2012 | Updated: January 29, 2019

By Ryan O'Keefe

 
 Concordia student-athlete Brent Schaekel volunteers at flag football competition.

Concordia University Texas in Austin held their annual Athletics Banquet on April 18th, and invited Special Olympics Texas athletes and staff members to talk about the unique partnership.

 
Special Olympics Texas athlete Meagan Flynn gives a speech at Concordia Athletics banquet.
The Division III school is one of many universities that participate in the Special Olympics partnership which provides volunteer opportunities for their student-athletes by giving back with their Athletes-for-Athletes program. The program pairs the school's student-athletes with Special Olympics Texas athletes at games or clinics.  This past year, Concordia Sports Information Director, Matt Chmura volunteered to be the competition director for the local area flag football competition. He was able to fill every key volunteer position with a student-athlete or a Concordia coach.  The event was a success for all and just shows how the partnership has crossed over into being more about creating relationships with the athletes.

Special Olympics Texas athlete Meagan Flynn gave a speech as well as Student Athletic Advisory Committee President Dalaine Whitlock that talked about the importance of the partnership.  One of the awards at the banquet was given to the Athletic Department for their volunteer efforts with Special Olympics Texas during the flag football competition. 

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."  - Helen Keller



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