Special Olympics Arizona



Program Overview

Our Special Olympics CHIP program provides fun opportunities to work with Special Olympics Athletes! These athletes have intellectual disabilities, and Special Olympics is an international organization that helps them develop physical fitness and leadership skills. UA COM-P became involved with Special Olympics Arizona in 2018. We are excited to begin having events where we will educate athletes about healthy lifestyles, shadow the EMT team at competitions, and provide free annual sports physicals! 

Program Leadership

Student Contact 
Jaimie Hearn, MS2, jaimiehearn@email.arizona.edu
Ashley Nelson, MS2, ashleycnelson@email.arizona.edu

Physician Mentors
Dr. Stephanie Briney, sbriney@email.arizona.edu
Dr. Kam Hunter, kam.hunter@bannerhealth.com

Community Mentor
Amanda Metcalf, amanda@specialolympicsarizona.org

Program Description

Special Olympics Arizona: http://www.specialolympicsarizona.org/

Learning Objectives
1. Learn to work with patients with intellectual disabilities, and develop an understanding and compassion toward this population.
2. Develop the knowledge and communication skills necessary to work with patients with disabilities.
3. Promote health and wellness to the Special Olympics community through the Healthy Athletes program.
4. Assist medical tent team in staffing the first aid needs at competitions and learn how to treat sports-related injuries.