The University of Colorado and Colorado State University may be rivals on the football field, but are partners in the community.
On Aug. 29, students from each university will be teamed up with Special Olympics Colorado athletes for a Unified Flag Football game of their own. It's all part of the Special Olympics Unified Sports Rivalry Series.
Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.
"We are honored to partner with CU and CSU to help further our mission of creating an inclusive and welcoming community for all Coloradans both with and without intellectual disabilities," said Mindy Watrous, President and CEO of Special Olympics Colorado. "Using the power of sports, our athletes have opportunities to develop as leaders, to showcase their strengths and abilities and to find success on the playing field and in life."
In addition to the game itself, both schools are holding an online pledge battle to see which school can raise the most money for Special Olympics Colorado. Proceeds from the pledge battle will help support the 20,761 athletes with intellectual disabilities in Colorado. To donate, visit SpecialOlympicsCO.org.
CU head coach Mike MacIntyre added, "Special Olympics Colorado is a great organization and we are excited to host the inaugural Unified Rivalry flag football game in our new indoor practice facility. This will be a great partnership with CSU and Special Olympics surrounding the Rocky Mountain Showdown."
"This is truly a special event for everyone involved, including the members of our football program. I know I speak on behalf of our coaches, our student-athletes, and all involved with our program in congratulating everyone for the hard work and dedication to stage a great event," said CSU coach Mike Bobo.