Argosy University Grad Promotes Teamwork Through Special Olympics Arizona
The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio promise to bring attention to the world’s greatest athletes. But back in the United States, athletes of all abilities will be playing together to promote the value of sports and a healthy lifestyle through Special Olympics Arizona’s #PlayUnified campaign. It’s an initiative supported by the work of Argosy University, Online Programs graduate Brittany Doud.
Brittany is the Director of Support Programs for Special Olympics Arizona. She plays a part in promoting the organization’s health programs and is raising awareness for Unified Sports®, athlete and youth leadership, and social inclusion through the #PlayUnified campaign—in which people with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and people without disabilities (partners) are encouraged to stay healthy and build friendships through Unified Sports ®.
Unified Sports® promotes social inclusion and healthy living by pairing teams of similarly aged and skilled Special Olympics athletes and partners to #PlayUnified. The goal is to make sports and social inclusion a common theme in their lives. Brittany adds that Unified Sports® and Healthy Athletes® screenings are offered free of charge to Special Olympics athletes and partners, as a way to provide the most optimal and quality athletic experience.
Special Olympics Arizona is making an impact on the lives of people with and without intellectual disabilities—providing them with sports training and access to health care in a supportive and socially-inclusive environment. Brittany says that her education taught her how to discuss sport anxiety and athletic psychology. “We wrote papers on identifying levels of anxiety before, during, and after athletic competitions. I love that we have Clinical Directors using similar documents with Special Olympics Arizona when we meet with our athletes in Sport Psychology screenings during state competitions, like the Summer Games.”
Special Olympics Arizona is also excited that its Gilbert Roadrunners Unified Soccer Team is in Rio to showcase Unified Soccer® in Brazil. The team even received local news coverage to showcase its trip to Brazil.
Brittany earned two degrees from Argosy University, Online Programs. In 2014, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Organizational Psychology and in 2015, she earned a Master of Arts in Sports & Exercise Psychology. Learn more about Special Olympics Arizona and the types of programs that Brittany supports by visiting www.specialolympicsarizona.org and following on social media!
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