Averett University hosts Special Olympics competition

Around 100 competitors from across Southside participated

DANVILLE, Va. – Special Olympics competitors in Southside were able to connect one-on-one Tuesday with Averett University student-athletes.

Averett hosted a Special Olympics game for people from Danville and Pittsylvania and Halifax counties.

Each Special Olympian was partnered with an Averett student athlete to go through each event.

Averett athletic director Meg Stevens said the event is what being Danville's hometown university is all about.

"We're the ones that are here. We want to make sure we support our community in all ways, shapes and forms," Stevens said. "For me personally, as the director of athletics, this is one of the best ways our student-athletes can give back."

The event was paid for with a $500 grant the university received for winning the NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll.

Stevens said she hopes to continue to host this event. Anyone interested in donating money to help fund the event in the future can contact Averett's athletic department.

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