WAA Hosts "Slam Dunk for Special Olympics" Fundraiser

UChicago student-athletes Dana Ulrich and Mary Martin helped organize WAA's Slam Dunk for Special Olympics event in early February, which raised more than $6,500 for the organization.
UChicago student-athletes Dana Ulrich and Mary Martin helped organize WAA's Slam Dunk for Special Olympics event in early February, which raised more than $6,500 for the organization.

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago athletic department continued its strong partnership with Special Olympics Chicago with a recent Women's Athletic Association (WAA) fundraiser held in early February.

On Feb. 2, WAA hosted its annual Slam Dunk for Special Olympics event to raise money for Special Olympics teams in the Chicago area.

The event took place at the UChicago men's and women's University Athletic Association basketball games vs. Emory University. Slam Dunk raises money by selling raffle tickets for fans to win prizes donated from local businesses, such as professional athletic game tickets, restaurant gift cards, and other athletic or promotional gear.

The event also featured an inclusive 3-on-3 basketball game with both Special Olympics and UChicago athletes at halftime of the men's game.

"We are proud to have been so successful in raising money for a cause near and dear to our hearts as athletes who have seen first-hand the positive effects of being on a team," WAA member and women's soccer player Dana Ulrich said.  

"It was amazing meeting some of the Special Olympics athletes in person and watching them play in front of a big and supportive crowd at halftime."

WAA is comprised of female student-athletes f rom each of Maroons' eight varsity women's teams. In total, the organization raised more than $6,500 for local Special Olympics teams at Slam Dunk for Special Olympics. The local Special Olympics programs utilize the funds for equipment, uniforms and team travel opportunities.