Special Olympics Colorado is committed to ongoing fitness and wellness events and education for our athletes, families, coaches, and unified partners.
Fitness Captain Program
The vision is to build a sustainable foundation of athlete leaders and coaches who are educated and mentored so they are able to lead their peers in changing or reinforcing health behaviors and attitudes.
Fitness Captains are athletes within their respective teams that are chosen by their coaches because they show the ability to lead if given the tools and resources. These “captains” must:
- Have a positive influence with their teammates
- Be reliable, dependable, and respectful at all times
- Show great sportsmanship in all circumstances and have a great attitude
- Be great team members and genuinely care about those around them
- Effectively be able to communicate both verbally and through email, phone, text
- Have a passion for fitness, exercise, and healthy behaviors and can model this for their teammates
SOCO staff members then travel to each region or major city to teach fitness captains how to become an impactful leader on their teams. This includes leading warm-up exercises before each practice, talking with their team about the healthy tips of the month, and leading a group activity outside of practice (yoga, hiking, cycling, walking, cooking, and the possibilities are endless). Mentors and coaches are critical to the success of this leadership program.
A Health Messenger is a Special Olympics athlete who has been trained to serve as a leader in health and/or fitness within their Special Olympics community or the community at large. Click here to learn more.
Mentors are trusted and experienced individuals with a background in health and wellness and a passion to assist our athletes and teams.
The Fit 5 Program offers resources for Special Olympics athletes, families, and friends.
Healthy tips are useful educational resources for fitness captains, mentors, families, and coaches. They focus on a variety of areas including but not limited to: nutrition, fitness, and healthy lifestyle behaviors. Click here to see the Tips of the Month
Exercising is an important component in helping fitness captains and athletes improve their overall wellness. Making sure fitness captains and athletes have correct form assists in injury prevention and helping everyone become stronger in their sports. Click HERE to see our exercises. (Note: this page is updated weekly from April 1st – July 15th, 2019, after July 15th all exercises will be posted for 2019)
There are also various ongoing opportunities provided for those participating in Special Olympics Colorado. To see the most up to date listings and to see what our athletes are doing, please click HERE.