Alpha Sigma Alpha adopted Special Olympics as a philanthropic partner in 1976. Each year, the Special Olympics touches lives in hundreds of communities across the nation and around the world, and each year Alpha Sigma Alpha members make a difference to this organization.
With sports at the core, Special Olympics is a leader in the field of intellectual disability and the world’s largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities. Their mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Collegiate and alumnae chapters volunteer for Special Olympics in the following ways:
- Participate in the Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign
- Participate in a local Polar Plunge or other Special Olympic fundraising initiatives
- Serve as buddies, huggers or coaches for Special Olympic events
For more information on how your chapter can get involved with Special Olympics, visit the Special Olympics website.