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Special Olympics recently recognized Colorado State for exemplary outreach programs that join students with and without intellectual disabilities and promote meaningful social inclusion on campus and in the community.
The University was among several dozen schools to earn distinction as a 2019 National Banner Unified Champion School. Much of Colorado State’s outreach is led by its Special Olympics College chapter, a CSU student group that unites college students and people with intellectual disabilities to enhance the lives of all through sport, friendship, and advocacy.
Among the programs boosting CSU to national recognition is its Special Olympics Unified football team, led by the campus student group and the Department of Athletics. In an annual highlight, the team plays a flag football game against the Unified team from the University of Colorado – inviting athletes with disabilities to join the fun and competition of a notable football rivalry.
ESPN magnified CSU’s honor by selecting it as one of just five schools across the country, and the only university, to earn a 2019 banner presentation for outstanding Special Olympics programs. The ESPN Top 5 presentation, a national cream-of-the-crop kudo, was during the Rams football game against Air Force in November.