TYLER - Special Olympics athletes were invited to UT Tyler to test their skills and compete against the schools student athletes. The Special Olympics athletes could participate in a number of sports from volleyball, tennis, to soccer. In addition to playing those sports, the participants finished up the night with a full court basketball game. Not only was the night showcasing the inclusive power sports has in the East Texas community. For many of the student athletes on campus, this was a chance to not only compete but a chance to give back.

"It's really important for us to deviate from the norm and kind of do something that's out of our comfort zone and be able to help other people because normally we're just thinking about ourselves but at this point we have to help somebody else with sport we know and love it's a break from the norm and I think it's really important because everyone has a lot of fun during this event," says tennis player Alexandra McKissick.

The event was put on by the UT Tyler Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). That group helps the Patriots do a variety of events throughout the community.