COMMITTEES

SUPPORT SOKS THROUGH COMMITTEES

Special Olympics Kansas could not provide sports training, competition, health and leadership programs to our athletes without committees and their dedicated members. Committee members provide support in specialized areas such as rules and competition, inclusive health, marketing and fundraising. Our committee members are the “boots on the ground” and our mission could not be fulfilled without them.

Opportunities for committee member roles change based on our needs so make sure to check back regularly to see what we have to offer.

Website Ad-Hoc Discovery Committee​

The Special Olympics Kansas Ad-Hoc Website Committee will be a Temporary Advisory Committee to the Special Olympics Kansas staff and will have responsibility for providing advice on the development, maintenance, and content on the SOKS website. They will provide recommendations on the design, content, and functionality of the Website. The mandate of the SOKS website committee is to enhance communication and awareness, by providing athletes, families and volunteers access to timely, accurate and useful information about SOKS programs.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The Special Olympics Kansas Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will work together to develop and integrate best practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion into Special Olympics policies, strategic plans, and programs. This committee will serve as an advisory board and will provide research, recommendations, event support, and policy guidance to Special Olympics Kansas.

 

Special Olympics Kansas is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Inclusive Health Committee

The Special Olympics Kansas Inclusive Health Committee will provide guidance and support for Special Olympics Kansas Inclusive Health programs and initiatives.

 

The committee will work with SOKS staff, partners, health care providers, volunteers, and others to help develop exemplary healthcare for athletes, increase reach of healthy athletes, grow year-round Inclusive Health opportunities, promote ongoing virtual fitness programming, promote performance stations/health education stations, provide training and activate health advocates (such as coaches, health messengers, families & caregivers, healthcare providers & students, and frontline & community health workers), and finally, the Inclusive Health Team will continue to grow our university health network and general partnerships.

Youth Activation Committee​

Youth are educating, empowering, activating, and motivating people to foster respect, dignity, and advocacy for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Through Special Olympics and the Youth Activation Committee, youth serve as leaders by implementing programs that unify schools, transform communities, and promote acceptance and inclusion for all. Special Olympics Kansas is looking for youth leaders to join the movement. You will educate other youth that intellectual disabilities cross all boundaries of age, gender, religion and culture. Youth leaders help carry out the mission of Special Olympics and promote inclusive environments in their schools and communities.

Athlete Input Council

The Kansas Athlete Input Council (KSAIC) is a way for Special Olympics Kansas leaders to be in touch with athlete interests and opinions on needed improvements, sports, competitions, coaching and other programs. It is a place for athletes to practice leadership skills, and a way for athletes to provide input and feedback to and from schools, group homes, day training programs and other athletes.

 

Members of the KSAIC are provided with leadership training opportunities and expected to hold positions on committees within or outside of SOKS. They are also expected to work together to facilitate training programs for other SOKS athletes and participate in fundraising efforts to sustain KSAIC programs.

 

Are you an athlete or the parent of an athlete that’s interested in being a part of Athlete Leadership Programs? Contact Krystin Guggisberg at guggisbergk@soks.org.

Awards Committee​

The Awards Committee oversees the annual awards presented by SOKS.

 

MEMBERSHIP: Last 4 Coach of the Year Award winners, willing & available. 1 Representative of Last 2 Family of the Year Award Winners, willing & available. 2 SOKS athletes selected from AIC or ALP. Last Volunteer of the Year Award Winner or 1 former winner selected by President-elect. The Chairperson is to be selected from these Members by president-elect.

 

Contact Krystin Guggisberg at guggisbergk@soks.org.

Young Professionals

The mission of Special Olympics Kansas Young Professionals Committee is to raise awareness, recruit volunteers, and plan and implement various social and fundraising events to support the Special Olympics Kansas movement, as well as build the next generation of leaders. YPC members will use their professional experience, community affiliations, and business connections to engage others with various Special Olympics events.

 

At this time, Special Olympics Kansas is looking for someone to take on restarting the Young Professionals Committee. If you would have interested in taking on this role, please contact Chris Burt at burtc@soks.org.

Development Committee

Special Olympics Kansas is always seeking local community leaders to help serve on our various fundraising committees. Often working in tandem with the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run and its representative agencies, our development committees work on the local level to secure sponsorships, seek participants, and volunteer the day of the event. Experience is not necessary!  Development committees are open to anyone wanting to make an impact while having fun! Fundraising events vary from Polar Plunges, Truck Convoys, Fishing Tournaments, Truck Pulls, Auctions, Ceremonial Torch Runs, and so much more! For more information about upcoming events, please visit:  https://soks.org/help-to-fundraise/.

 

 

Contact Luke Schulte at schultel@soks.org with questions.

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