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Special Olympics Kansas

Healthy Teams Mini-Stipend

Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS) would like to invite accredited local program coordinators to apply for the SOKS Healthy Teams Mini-Stipend. The mini stipend will provide a financial incentive and supplies to lead an SOKS Health and Fitness Program. Interested Local Programs will fill out the Healthy Teams Mini-Grant Application indicating which SOKS Health program they would like to implement.

Application Period

The Healthy Teams Mini-Stipend application opens on September 1, 2021 and closes on April 30, 2022. Once accepted, Local Program Coordinators will need to implement their chosen program between September 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022.

How it Works

Local Program Coordinators can only apply for one program at a time. Local Program Coordinators, Volunteers, and Coaches will manage the program of their choosing with their participants.

The mini-stipend amount a Local Program Coordinator will receive will depend on the tier in which they fall in. Additionally, athletes will receive prizes and supplies which include t-shirts, health hero medals, Fit 5 books, Garmin Vivofit 4 devices, etc.

 

Number of Athletes

Mini-Stipend Amount

Tier 1

10+ athletes

$500

Tier 2

20+ athletes

$1,000

Tier 3

40+ athletes

$2,000

After SOKS receives an application, SOKS will reach out to the applicant to request an invoice, mail the check, and provide supplies, training, and any additional resources to help leaders successfully implement the chosen SOKS program.

Prevention programs will collect a pre- and post-test to gather the following health metrics: height, weight, blood pressure, and resting heart rate. Jesse will train leaders on how to collect this data.

Local Program Coordinators will receive the mini stipend in two parts. Local Program Coordinators will receive the first half of the mini stipend after selecting an SOKS health program and sending SOKS an invoice. Local Program Coordinators will receive the second half of the mini stipend at the end of the chosen program, after sending health metrics and their second invoice.

SOKS Health Programs

SOKS offers various health and fitness programs focused on prevention, assessment, training, and health education. Local programs are working towards Gold, Platinum, and Champion Tiers overall.

SONA Move Challenge

In this 8-week challenge, participants will track how many minutes they exercise and self-report that total each week, earning them a coveted spot on the nation-wide leaderboards.

Supplies
– Weekly prize drawings provided by SOKS
– Garmin Vivofit 4 devices

Parks and Trails Tour

Join athletes from across the state to reach 1,000 points by walking trails, identifying wildlife, tracking steps/mileage, and hunting down geocaches!

Supplies
– Points based incentives
– Garmin Vivofit 4 devices

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I-70 Challenge

The SOKS I-70 Challenge tests athletes to walk, run, or roll in their wheelchair across the state of Kansas from Kansas City to Goodland reaching 405 miles.

Supplies
– Points based incentives
– Garmin Vivofit 4 devices

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Fitness Challenge

The SOKS Unified Fitness Challenge is a 6-week fitness challenge for Unified groups of 2 or more to track their physical activity, nutrition, and hydration in a weekly journal and submit their progress along the way.

Supplies
– Weekly prize drawings provided by SOKS
– Fit 5 guide and Fit 5 fitness cards

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Young Athletes

Special Olympics Young Athletes is an early childhood play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities, ages 2 to 7 years old. Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking, and throwing. Young Athletes offers families, teachers, caregivers, and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children.

Supplies
– Young Athletes kits
– Activity guides

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Fitness Evaluation Program

Special Olympics Kansas has partnered with Special Olympics North America and Pittsburg State University to do large state-wide fitness research projects. Athletes complete pre-, post-, and post-post tests to evaluate their health over a 16-week period.

Supplies
– Fitbits
– Fit 5 guide and Fit 5 fitness cards
– Post-post test incentives

Health Messenger Training

Health Messenger Training is designed for Special Olympics athletes who are passionate about health and interested in taking on a leadership role in their community. Health Messengers will complete a training to learn important skills that will help them be present and interact at meetings with health partners and health influencers, be health representatives on Athlete Input councils and Boards, motivate peers on maintaining good nutrition, hydration, and physical activity, deliver Fit5 lessons to other athletes, and lead Special Olympics athletes to establish healthy lifestyles and set personal health and fitness goals.

Supplies
– Health Messenger branded t-shirt

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Fit 5 Training for Sports Coaches

Fit 5 Training for Sports Coaches is designed for Active Special Olympics Kansas Certified Coaches who are interested in health and committed to putting the training into action in their SO Program. For this training, sports coaches will complete an online fitness training course that will provide them with the tools and resources to help improve their athletes lives. Trainees must be approved by their SOKS Local Program to participate.

Supplies
– Fit 5 guide and Fit 5 fitness cards

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Required Forms and Resources

Athletes: Medical/Release Form

Volunteers/Unified Partner: Class A/Unified Partner Form

All Participants:

Other: Virtual Release Form – Required for participating individuals that are not registerd atheletes, volunteers or Unified Partners

Healthy Athletes of Kansas Facebook Group

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am not an accredited SOKS Local Program?

If you are a CDDO, Group Home or other service provider that isn’t currently a Local Program that would like to participate, we can get you set-up as a Local Program. There are no costs or commitments tied to being a Local Program. Special Olympics Kansas Local Programs are coordinated by volunteers and/or employees of a community, school or agency who wish to involve individuals with intellectual disabilities in Special Olympics sports training and competitions. Local Programs are managed by Local Coordinator(s) and are responsible for recruiting, registering, and training all athletes who participate in Special Olympics.