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!