Miami Dade College Named National Inclusion Champion

By Maya Alvarez / Special Olympics Florida

After an exhilarating competition during the Special Olympics Unified College Championship Week presented by ESPN, Miami Dade College Homestead Campus emerged as the National Champion.

Competing against colleges and universities nationwide, Miami Dade College triumphed for the second year in a row, securing the top spot in this prestigious event. The University of Florida put up a strong fight, coming in second. Florida State University, Florida A&M University, University of Tampa, and Barry University were the other Special Olympics Florida College Clubs that took part.

The annual competition features students and Special Olympics athletes coming together to play games and promote a message of inclusion. They engaged in a variety of activities, including hosting inclusion presentations, volunteering, and participating in a fun run.

The scores reflected not only the quantity but also the quality of these engagements, with an emphasis placed on how effectively teams shared the message of inclusion across social media platforms.

Miami Dade College's Homestead Campus victory underscores its unwavering commitment to building a world where everyone feels valued and included. Congratulations to the team members for their remarkable achievement and for continuing to champion the cause of inclusion and acceptance on a national stage!

To check out some of the competition, check out @mdcspecialsmiles and the #SOCollegeChampWeek hashtag on Instagram.