Special Olympics was started in 1962 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Slippery Rock has teamed up with the local Special Olympics program in Butler, and students assist in coaching the athletes in various fall, winter/spring, and year-round sports.
Fall sports include:
Winter/Spring sports include:
- Long-distance run/walk
Year-round sports include:
- Track and Field
- Alpine Skiing
Spring events include the Butler Bowling Tournament, Western Bowling Sectional, Hockey Tournament, Clarion Spring Western Sectional, Butler County Spring Meet, and State Summer Games.
Slippery Rock University's Adapted Physical Activity Program is proud to be the home of the Special Olympics University Curriculum. This program provides academic and hands on training to prepare college students to play an integral part of the Special Olympics program by acting as coaches, volunteers and administrators of Special Olympic events. Students participating in the curriculum become certified through the Special Olympics to act as coaches and event managers. In addition, students have the chance to take on leadership roles and help to run the Western Pennsylvania Fall Sectional held on the SRU Campus.
For more information about Slippery Rock's Special Olympics Programs, please call 724-738-2791.