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Vision for Collegiate Partnerships

It is our vision to unite college students and individuals with intellectual disabilities by developing and enhancing a culture of acceptance and inclusion. Together these components can help students work for and with Special Olympics athletes to help transform school campuses into communities of acceptance and respect through sports, friendship and advocacy.

Benefits for Institutions

  • Helps dedicated high school leaders continue their commitment to Special Olympics and social inclusion at the college level.
  • Provides a professional development opportunity for students to explore their passion and successfully start a student-led club.
  • Students enhance their leadership, organizational, and planning skills; which are essential aspects of the professional world.
  • Offers opportunities for athletic teams, fraternities, sororities and other student groups to perform acts of community service.
  • Provides students, majoring in a variety of disciplines, hands-on opportunities to foster professional growth and build the skills necessary for their future careers – including one with Special Olympics.
  • Opportunities for Kinesiology students to volunteer and play a key role in running competitions and venues.
  • Students are able to work directly with the Young Athletes Program™ to help foster and develop future Special Olympics athletes.
  • Students studying in the health, medical and nutrition fields can get experience in their concentration by having the opportunity to perform screenings on SOTX athletes through the Healthy Athletes® program.
  • Attracts positive publicity for the institution.

Collegiate Partnerships Help SOTX

  • Access to a larger pool of volunteers for events.
  • Gain coaches and Unified Partners with sport skills and knowledge.
  • Attain facility-use opportunities.
  • Attract new athletes to the program.
  • Develop current and future athletes through the Young Athletes Program™.
  • Screen and service more athletes through the Healthy Athletes® program.
  • Involve high-level athletes to create and design sports experiences and trainings for Special Olympics athletes.
  • Gain additional participation in fundraisers and other development opportunities.
  • Stay connected with engaged youth, even if they attend college out-of-state.
  • Provide speaking opportunities for Special Olympics athletes.
  • Increase visibility in the community.

SOTX - The Big 12's Official Charity

Since its inception in 1996, the Big 12 Conference has proudly partnered with Special Olympics Texas and continues to work closely with other state programs. Special Olympics athletes have become a familiar presence at Big 12 Championships including the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's & Women's Basketball Championships. Through sports, Special Olympics athletes have opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, learn new skills, gain self-confidence, set goals and reach expectations.

For More Information

Contact Steve Helm (shelm@sotx.org) at 512-491-2925 and he can direct your call to the Special Olympics Texas office in your area. Follow us on the Special Olympics Texas Collegiate Partnerships Facebook page at @sotxcollegiatepartners.