Special Olympics Teams
For people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to participate in their communities and build their self-confidence. Many endure lives of neglect and isolation, hidden away or socially excluded from full participation in schools or society. WSU volunteers provide a gateway to empowerment, competence, acceptance and joy for the Special Olympics athletes.
Weber State has been working with the Special Olympics for 17 years. Our Special Olympics teams participate in :
- Fall games
- Winter games
- Summer games
This program is all about the athletes and helping them succeed. Our peers are there to support the athletes and their accomplishments. The athletes and peers practice once a week for 2 hours and there are games once a month. Athletes compete and peers are there to encourage and coach them. There are also Unified Games where Peers and athletes play as a team, which is the most important thing.
The purpose is to give the athletes the opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and skills, and give them the experiences that last a lifetime.
Working with Special Olympics has been an amazing experience. It is not a service project that can be done in a couple of hours. Special Olympics are almost a way of life. The peers are not just involved with practices and games, but involved in their personal life. We are not just coaches to them, we are friends that they will have forever. Special Olympics is a great opportunity to meet new people and gain unforgettable memories. ~Courtney Laing