Special Olympics is shaping a new understanding of leadership, inspired by our athletes, and unleashing leadership potential in people of all abilities.
Special Olympics College
Created by college students, Special Olympics College connects college students and individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport to build friendships and help lead the social justice movement of Special Olympics.
SO College programs
are made up of three core elements: Unified Sports, Youth Leadership, and opportunities for Full Campus Involvement. Together these components can help students work for and with Special Olympics athletes — who are either college students themselves or part of the Area program — to help transform school campuses into communities of acceptance and respect.
Below are examples of how these components can work in your school:
Get involved in Unified Intramurals or plan and host a sports clinic, fitness class or sports recreation activity with Special Olympics athletes. The University of Delaware now offers a 1-credit Special Olympics course.
Students can take the lead in creating an SO College Club for planning and organizing events that help promote volunteerism with Special Olympics Delaware or helps with fundraising to help our state program.
Students can host an awareness campaign for inclusion, such as our Spread the Word – Inclusion campaign, or other campus-wide activity or fundraiser.