SAAC Set to Host Best Friends Field Day
HOUSTON– The University of Houston Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has partnered with Best Buddies and invites members of the community with special needs and Best Buddies’ Club members to attend its Best Buddies Field Day Saturday.
The event, which will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Houston Football Indoor Practice Facility, will include a variety of sporting events such as small-scale football games, touch football, track races, kickball for baseball and softball. There will also be food, drink and music.
“Being able to partner with Best Buddies means a lot to SAAC,” said Haley Woodward, Houston Soccer rookie and SAAC Campus Liaison. “I have a family member with special needs who has participated in similar programs such as the Special Olympics and I know how much joy it has brought him with people who pay attention to him and take care of him. him. SAAC wants to bring the same joy to the Houston community.”
Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a dynamic organization that has grown from one original chapter to nearly 3,000 chapters worldwide, positively impacting the lives of more than 1.3 million people with and without intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD).
Best Buddies programs engage participants in all 50 states and 47 countries around the world. The organization offers one-on-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development programs.
The mission of the Houston Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the overall student-athlete experience by fostering opportunity, protecting student-athlete well-being, and fostering a positive image of student-athletes. The 2022-23 roster includes seven officers from five different sports and 32 representatives from each of Houston’s 17 sports teams.