Athletes competing in Special Olympics Unified State Flag Football tournament

For the second year in a row, CSU hosted the Special Olympics Unified State Flag Football tournament on
October 26th. The competition took place on the Campus Rec Intramural fields with the
participation of student officials. The tournament aimed to provide valuable college
connections to the athletes who were able to stay active and build connections in a fun and
engaging environment.

The event would not have been possible without the help of the Special Olympics College
Club at CSU who helped recruit volunteers and link athletes to play in the tournament.
Largely due to the hard work of this student group, CSU’s partnership with Special Olympics
was recently awarded in the ESPN Top 5 Unified Champion Schools, recognizing their efforts in
inclusive youth leadership and whole-school engagement. CSU has gained momentum this year
with the student organization’s outstanding leadership and dedication to these types of events.

Adam Walsh serves as an advisor to the Special Olympics College and is also the Assistant
Director of Intramurals for the Campus Rec department. Being in the sphere of CSU athletics, Campus
Rec and Special Olympics, he has witnessed the progress of these events reaching new
heights this year. He’s expressed how the games have made a growing impact on the CSU
community by exemplifying our Principles of Community.

“Seeing students live the Principles of Community and being the driving force is so rewarding,”
he says. “It’s incredible to see the passion students have and using that to have a positive effect
on the community.”

For the upcoming spring semester, future tournaments are on the horizon, and other regional
basketball and flag football games. Riding high with their national recognition, Special Olympics
College will only continue to expand their scale of impact on students, athletes, and the
recreation community.

Click here to view some photos from the tournament!

Article by Bailey McCaffrey

The debate is out… Is it more fun to play an Intramural sport, or to officiate one? Both working and playing in this department builds genuine community, encourages physical activity, and increases the competitive desire to be the best you can be. The IM program offers for more than what is seen on the field, the court, or in the pool.


Jack Varuska is a current employee in this department officiating flag football, soccer, and basketball. His expertise in Intramural Sports provides insight on why working for this program is a positive experience and how it provides numerous opportunities for employees.


Varuska is a third year at Colorado State University and began working for this department in January. Over the last four months, he has been influenced by the inclusivity and the positivity of other officials.


The Intramural staff engages Campus Recreation members in a way that promotes fairness, inclusivity, and fun. They also keep players safe and allow for a structured and recreational way to stay active.


There are close to 30 different Intramural Sports offered at Campus Recreation. Each one needs willing and passionate referees to run smoothly. Whether you’re Interested in soccer, softball, football, bench press competitions, tube water polo, spikeball tournaments, or the many other sports available, each is made possible by our amazing Intramural employees.


Varuska’s favorite memory since joining the program was officiating the championship basketball game. “The high level play and the intensity of the game made everyone working want to make the best calls they could.” says Varuska. He officiated this game alongside three other employees, Jack, Ben, and Cam, who made the game enjoyable through laughter and encouragement to one another.


If you are interested in joining this community of referees, Campus Recreation Intramural is hiring; please contact Matt McCarthy (Coordinator, Intramural Sports) for more information about becoming an official. No previous experience is required, because training for each sport is done before the start of each season. Varuska and the rest of the department encourage anyone who is passionate about sports, enjoy physical activity, and has the willingness to learn to apply for an official position. Positions open for hire are posted on RamWeb through your student account.


Thank you to every IM ref for what you do for our department. All of your hard work is needed and appreciated.

Two Colorado State University students, Tyler Kersey and Shayne Wolfe, were selected to officiate at the Regional Flag Football Tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska this past weekend, November 8 and 9. Teams and officials come from schools all across the region, including University of Iowa, Northern Colorado, South Dakota, Kansas State University, Central Missouri University, and more. Over 42 teams competed in the tournament, and 36 officials were selected from the regional Intramural Officials. Teams competed in four divisions, men’s, women’s, coRec, and Special Olympics. 

Tyler, a senior in the Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology program, is currently an Intramural Manager for Campus Recreation, and is in his second year as an IM Official. Shayne is a freshman studying Business Administration, and is in his first year as an IM Official. Over the two-day tournament, Tyler and Shayne officiated ten games each, which determined the teams who would go onto the National Tournament. Arianne Judy, Coordinator of Intramural Sports for Campus Recreation accompanied Tyler and Shayne to Nebraska. 

Congratulations Tyler and Shayne!