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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2002 - People. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 22, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/20875/show/20722.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2002 - People. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/20875/show/20722

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 2002 - People, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed December 22, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/20875/show/20722.

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Title Houstonian 2002
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  • Students of the University of Houston
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  • University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Title People
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript Sara Jaffer Reviving the SPIRIT of Volunteerism Between a hectic school schedule, outside jobs and a strong commitment to her family, it would have been difficult to imagine Sara Jaffer having time for much else. The junior political science/history major put volunteerism at the top of her list at a young age, however, and remained dedicated to helping others even as a busy college student. "I've been doing volunteer work since I was about 10 years old. My younger brother has a disability, so I've been working on the Down's Syndrome picnic and coaching Special Olympics for years," Jaffer said. For Jaffer, helping others came naturally, due to her commitment to her younger brother and other siblings. The oldest of four, she was often more than just a big sister, helping out when her parents were busy with their independent business. Her close ties to her siblings were precisely what compelled Jaffer to begin working as a Special Olympics coach. When her brother became active as a competitor, Jaffer, then 17, jumped at the opportunity to volunteer. As a coach for the Spring Branch Bears, Jaffer trained middle school and high school students in various athletic events. Although she admitted that the job required quite a commitment, she wouldn't have traded that experience for the world. "I get so much from working with these kids. One day, when it was sunny outside for the first time in a while, one of my athletes made the comment that it was a pretty day, then he added that every day is a beautiful day," Jaffer said. "It was just a small comment, but it opened my eyes. Now I try to look at life that way." The Special Olympics athletes on Jaffer's team looked up to her as a role model, friend and teacher, and their influence was equally special to her, she said. Even though her own brother was handicapped, working with disabled children helped her to learn about other kinds of disabilities and the way they affected people's everyday lives. In addition, Jaffer was able to learn even more about the struggles and successes of the mentally handicapped through her work with yet another volunteer organization, Best Buddies. "Best Buddies pairs high school and college students up with adults who have a mental handicap," Jaffer said. "For our buddies, it was a great way to get out and be social, because a lot of them never had the chance." Jaffer worked with Best Buddies through UH's Metropolitan Volunteer Program and would have been content to stay involved with the program forever had her other obligations been different. "I wasn't able to spend as much time with my buddy as he deserved, because it was getting too hard to keep my grades up, too," Jaffer said. "But I still love volunteering, and Special Olympics means a lot to me. I can have the worst day, but when I go see my athletes, everything is great again." by Cortney Martin A moment of glory Sara Jaffer, right, poses with winning members of her Special Olympics team after a day of competition. Jaffer became involved with the organization when her younger brother, seen here in front of her, began competing as an athlete. Photo courtesy of Sara Jaffer eople