Promoting Human Well-being at UBC by Hosting the Vancouver 2014 Games

Rhiannon and Kimberley at our UBC Thrive Basketball Drop-in for the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games (November 2013)

Rhiannon and Kimberley at our UBC Thrive Basketball Drop-in for the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games (November 2013)

Team Members: Emily Ryan, Rachel Brodeur, Kimberley Jung, and Rhiannon Evans. 3rd year students in the School of Kinesiology.

Our team’s project was developed through in Kin 465: Interculturalism, Health and Physical Activity as both Community Based Experiential Learning (CBEL) and SEEDS projects. Through our research on the Special Olympics and meetings with UBC staff and stakeholders, we decided to focus our project on discrimination and human health. We proposed three initiatives in order to ensure that the Special Olympics 2014 Canada Games are a positive experience for all Olympians and the UBC community:

  1. Create an event involving a collaboration between UBC Athletics and Special Olympics BC (SOBC) showcasing the talent of their athletes. The event would be organized as a half-time free-throw contest during a UBC Varsity basketball game.
  2. Collaborate with the University Neighbourhood Association to promote awareness and involvement through new and existing programs.
  3. Create a student club to promote the sustainability of this project. This club would serve to connect UBC students and staff to those with disabilities and promote inclusivity and awareness on campus and in the community.

All events and partnerships will serve as a means to increase awareness of the Special Olympics and the Olympians this program caters to (ie. the meaning of an intellectual disability, the connection between discrimination and health).