Special Needs Swim

Special Needs Swim In its 39th year, Special Needs Swim (SNS) continues to create meaningful relationships between student volunteers and community members of all ages with a variety of abilities and disabilities.  Each week, students and their partners spend an hour in the pool for exercise, games, and friendship. These sessions are oriented towards developing relationships, improving body coordination and skills, and most importantly, having fun in the water!  Through mutually beneficial relationships, participants gain a greater sense of connection with others and strength within themselves. 

Volunteers are supported by a strong sense of camaraderie among their peers and challenged in new ways through exposure to difference, vulnerability, and reflection.  Volunteers and participants alike have come to expect opportunities for growth, community, and fun, and a rewarding experience.

Details

There are two sections of SNS.  One occurs on Sunday afternoons from 3:30-5:30pm at the Edora Pool and Ice Center’s (EPIC) swimming pool. The other section happens on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm (also at EPIC). Each swim session is preceded by a volunteer meeting featuring teambuilding, community partner presentations, and reflection on topics related to disability, service, and advocacy.  Participants must be at EPIC by 4:30 PM on Sundays and at 6:30 PM Thursdays. EPIC is located at 1801 Riverside in Fort Collins.  Carpooling is available if needed.  Volunteers must be willing to make a weekly commitment for the entire school year (excluding school breaks).

Get Involved!

Volunteers

New volunteer applications for the 2014-2015 school year are available here.  We accept applications on a  first-come first-served basis, SLiCE is looking for students willing to challenge themselves, commit to the process, and join our community of dedicated, patient, and friendly volunteers.  Previous experience working with this population is not necessary, though certainly welcomed.  Please check back at the beginning of the academic school year if you are interested, or contact us over the summer to join our waiting list.  All applications are due by 5pm on Friday, September 5th, 2014.

Participants

Referral forms for current/returning participants are available here, we are excited to welcome people back for another great year!  Newly interested people wanting to join SNS can also use the same referral form here.  The application process is first-come-first-serve; therefore we recommend applicants contact us sooner rather later as available positions fill up fast!  Though we will accept applications on an on-going basis, we request they be submitted by Friday, September 12th, 2014. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact brandon.devlin@colostate.eduspecialneedsswim@gmail.com, or call 970-491-1682.

Contact

For more information contact the Special Needs Swim Coordinator at specialneedsswim@gmail.com or the Volunteer Programs Graduate Coordinator at brandon.devlin@colostate.edu or 970-491-7817. Feel free to stop by the Student Leadership Involvement & Community Engagement (SLICE) Office located in LSC West at the MAC gym with any questions.

Contact

210 Lory Student Center
8033 Campus Delivery

Fort Collins, CO 80523

email
Phone: (970) 491-1682
Fax: (970) 491-2826

Monday through Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Applications

Applications will be made available on RamLink. Volunteer applications will be due September 6.