Special Olympic Winter Games have been a part of Weber State University and Ogden City for over ten years. Weber State is one of four universities that hold events for Special Olympics Utah. With the help of thousands of volunteers over 2,200 people with disabilities have better lives. Many of those who participate as athletes have been able to obtain better jobs and develop needed social skills.
This program has been a support not only to the athletes who participate, but also to the WSU campus surrounding communities. The winter games require and bring the support of hundreds of student volunteers, which improves the social atmosphere at Weber State University. It has also offered volunteer and service opportunities for many businesses in the community.
The Special Olympics program does not only help Weber State University and Ogden city, but many people throughout the state have the opportunity to volunteer. More than 500 volunteers and athletes from around the state, some from as far away as St. George, attended the 2009 Winter Games hosted by Weber State University.
Students on this committee coordinate the Winter Games for Utah Special Olympics. During this two-day event, over 600 people volunteer. The volunteers not only assist with planning the event months in advance but also serve at Powder Mountain during the event.
As a student, I have enjoyed the Special Olympics Winter Games and being involved in activities at Weber State. It has been a benefit to me by providing me with leadership skills, and opportunities to help my peers. I have heard many students talk about how much they love being part of the games, and how they want to be a part of it in the future. ~Paul Guernsey