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Special Olympics Kansas

Healthy Teams recognition tiers

Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS) has developed 3 SOKS Healthy Teams tiers to provide Local Program Coordinators and their teams with specific tasks to improve overall health, sports performance, and leadership skills. Coaches, serving as the direct contact for their athletes and parents to participate in Special Olympics, will be empowered with goals and objectives to create engaging practices, powerful athlete leaders, and develop a healthier community overall. Teams are encouraged to start with the Gold Tier and progressively work towards the Champion’s Tier. Local Program Coordinators and their athlete leaders who achieve such tiers will be presented by SOKS at state and/or regional games for their achievements and commitment to health.

Coaches can also pair this program with the Healthy Teams Mini-Stipend (limited supply) which provides a financial incentive and supplies to lead an SOKS Health and Fitness Program. Please visit the Healthy Teams Mini-Stipend page to learn more about the program and the stipend amounts.

Gold Tier

  1. 10 athletes (or 50% of the team) participate in at least two SOKS Year-Round Health and Fitness Programs per year or host a Young Athletes 8-week session.
  2. 5 athletes participate in Virtual Health and Fitness (Zoom workouts) with SOKS or with someone from your program for 6 weeks.
  3. 10 athletes (or 70%) participate in at least 1 Healthy Athletes screening per year.
  4. Team has 1 trained SOKS Health Messenger actively promoting Fit 5 into sports practices and games with their coach.

platinum tier

  1. 20 athletes (or 70% of the team) participate in at least two SOKS Year-Round Health and Fitness Programs per year or host a Young Athletes 8-week session.
  2. 5 athletes participate in Virtual Health and Fitness (Zoom workouts) with SOKS or with someone from your program for 6 weeks.
  3. 20 athletes (or 80%) participate in at least 1 Healthy Athletes screening per year.
  4. Coach is actively utilizing Fit 5 into sports practices and games.
  5. Team has 2 SOKS Health Messengers actively promoting Fit 5 into sports practices and games with their coach.
  6. Team has one Health Messenger leading an SOKS Year-Round Health and Fitness Program with 2 other athletes.

Champion Tier

  1. 40 athletes or (90% of the team) participate in at least two SOKS Year-Round Health and Fitness Programs per year or host a Young Athletes 8-week session.
  2. 10 athletes participate in Virtual Health and Fitness (Zoom workouts) with SOKS or with someone from your program for 6 weeks.
  3. 30 athletes (or 90% of the team) participate in at least 1 Healthy Athletes screening per year.
  4. Trained Fit 5Coach will lead a Fit 5 Training for at least 5 untrained coaches once per year.
  5. Coach hosts a healthy training for the athlete’s parents. This can be done by the coach or led by a health professional or other.
  6. Team has 3 SOKS Health Messengers actively promoting Fit 5 into sports practices and games with their coach.
  7. Team has one Health Messenger leading an SOKS Year-Round Health and Fitness Program with 5 other athletes.
  8. 25% of the team attends a Virtual Health and Leadership Forum or in-person conference.