Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. A registered program for Special Olympics, Unified Sports combines athletes with and without intellectual disabilities on sports teams to train and compete with one another and inspire acceptance and respect for all, on and of the playing field. Our group at Yale University aims to assist Special Olympics with their mission by hosting events on Yale’s campus for athletes with intellectual disabilities to interact with Yale’s students and athletes through different athletic events and to promote inclusion.
- Fall Fest: Our group invites Unified Sports and Special Olympics teams from all over Southern Connecticut and we have around 50 athletes. primarily high schoolers and young adults, attend the event.
- Fundraisers: We usually have one or two fundraisers a semester. Past fundraiser venues have included Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Froyo World, and Panera Bread.
- Marrakech Bowling Partnership: Marrakech Inc. is a group in Woodbridge, Connecticut that offers programs for children ad adults with and without disabilities throughout Connecticut. They assist these individuals in finding jobs, securing supportive services, locating housing, and developing skills to become contributing members of society. Marrakech Inc. has sports teams in conjunction with Special Olympics. Special Olympics put our student group in touch with coordinators at Marrakech Inc. to find a way in which our chapter could provide help. Marrakech Inc. has a Fall adults’ bowling team that practices weekly in Woodbridge. Our student group has been providing weekly volunteers to attend the practices in order to interact with the adults, bowl with the athletes, and offer suggestions on how athletes can improve their bowling skills.