SO College connects college students and individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport to build friendships and help lead the social justice movement of Special Olympics. Created by college students for college students, the network seeks the membership of campuses that seek the common goals of enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and building a more accepting world for all.
SO College programs are made up of three core elements: Inclusive Sports, Youth Leadership, and opportunities for Full Campus Involvement. Together these components can help students work for and with Special Olympics athletes to help transform school campuses into communities of acceptance and respect.
1) INCLUSIVE SPORTS:
Start an inclusive sports team comprised of college students and Special Olympics athletes; or host a local or state level Special Olympics event.
2) YOUTH LEADERSHIP:
SO College can function as a student-led club that is fully recognized by your school; or students can be a part of the Games Organizing Committee for the local or state Special Olympics.
3) CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT:
Host an awareness campaign, such as Spread the Word the End the Word®; or invite students to become Fans in the Stands at local Special Olympics games and cheer on the athletes.
Louisiana’s Current S.O. College’s
- McNeese University
- Louisiana State University
- Tulane University
- Southeastern Louisiana University
- University of Louisiana of Lafayette
- Nicholls State University
- Northwestern State University
Ready to join? Fill out the SO College Application return to the Director of Athlete & Family Initiatives and check out the SO College Starter Guide for tips and ideas to start a SO College chapter on your campus
Tulane University hosted a Special Olympics Unified Intramural Basketball Program on Friday April 1st at the Reily Center on Tulane’s uptown campus. They are the first SO College in Louisiana to do a Unified Intramurals Basketball Tournament. Click the picture for more information!