After postponement, the Summer Olympics are finally here! I don’t know about you, but I love watching the Olympics. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent glued to a TV over the years, keeping track of each country’s medal count and stuffing my face with snacks, (I have no regrets).
In the spirit of the upcoming Games, let’s see how HSU has been connected to the Olympics over the years.
This summer, HSU graduate assistant, Tanner Wright, was named to the 2020 (21) USA Paralympic Team for track and field. You can see his official Team USA profile here.
While a student at HSU, Wright competed nationally as a part of a 4×400-meter team in 2019.
The 2021 Olympics will take place in Tokyo. Wright has qualified for the 100, 400, and the long jump. At the time this blog was posted, his designated event was not yet determined.
From 1999-2004, HSU graduate Denise Daffron served as the Senior Manager of Corporate Development for the Special Olympics.
According to a 2001 Range Rider (see below), Daffron was responsible for creating the branding “Inspire Greatness.” This message was incorporated into all Special Olympics’ marketing and advertising over four-years.
HSU has a history of partnering with the Special Olympics in various ways.
Beginning in 2012, as a part of Division III Week, the HSU Athletics Department hosted a field day with the Special Olympics of West Texas. HSU athletes and Special Olympic athletes spent the day participating in various track and field events, like the long jump, shot put, relay events, and more.
Beginning in 2019, University Recreation (UREC) built upon the tradition. Through a unified league, athletes from Special Olympics Texas were paired with HSU students to compete in flag-football games every other week.
UREC continues to support Special Olympics Texas through its Polar Plunge Fundraiser.
Not connected to the official Olympics organization, but sharing the “Olympic” name, HSU participated in the Border Olympics from the 1950’s through the 1980’s.
The Border Olympics is an ongoing, international event dating back to 1932. Highschool and college teams throughout Texas and Mexico would (and still) compete in Laredo, TX.
HSU’s track, golf, and tennis teams participated in the Border Olympics throughout the years.
Have you ever been connected to the Olympic Games?