Special Olympics College Club at UF Named National Champions

virtual college rivalry champion

Big congratulations to the Special Olympics College Club at the University of Florida for being named the first-ever National Champions following Special Olympics Virtual College Rivalry Championship Week, presented by ESPN.

Competing against colleges and universities from across the country, the Gators took home the top prize, edging out Bates College in Maine and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The competition featured students and Special Olympics athletes coming together virtually to connect, play games, and promote a message of inclusion. In addition to UF, Florida State University and the University of Miami took part.

Teams created workout videos, played online games, recorded trick-shot videos, participated in virtual 5k races, and held virtual dance parties. More than 1,200 athletes and Unified partners joined in, creating 532 social media posts and staging almost 400 Unified activities.

Scores were based on how many activities teams completed and how well they shared the message of inclusion across social media. We are thrilled for our friends at UF and so grateful for their commitment to building a world of inclusion and acceptance!