Special Needs Swim

Special Needs Swim In its 38th year, the Special Needs Swim (SNS) continues to be program where student volunteers interact with community members -- both children and adults 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. 

Meanwhile, volunteers are supported by a strong sense of camaraderie among their peers and challenged in new ways through exposure to difference, vulnerability, and reflection.  Overall, all can expect opportunities for growth, community, and fun, and a rewarding experience throughout!!

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. Each swim session is preceded by a volunteer meeting featuring teambuilding, community partner presentations, and reflection on topics related to special needs 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 2013-2014 school year will be available starting July 2013 for the fall semester.  Applications will be on RamLink.  The application process is first-come-first-serve, and we are looking for full-time 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 6th, 2013.

Participants: Applications will be sent via email to current/returning participants welcoming people back for a new year.  Newly interested people wanting to join SNS can contact the below information, request an application, and email it back to the SNS email account.  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 13th, 2013.

Contact

For more information contact the Special Needs Swim Coordinator at specialneedsswim@gmail.com or the Volunteer Programs Graduate Coordinator at 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

Lory Student Center West at the MAC Gym
8033 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Phone: (970) 491-1682

specialneedsswim@
gmail.com

Applications

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