FUNfitness - Saint Paul


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Event Description:

Join the FUNfitness team to help significantly improve the lives of our Special Olympics Athletes!


The Healthy Athletes program is dedicated to providing health services and education to Special Olympics athletes, and changing the way health systems interact with people with intellectual disabilities. Through free health screenings, training of healthcare professionals, and evaluation of the health status of people with intellectual disabilities, Healthy Athletes has become a powerful public health organization worldwide.


FUNfitness is a physical therapy event that addresses the ongoing health needs of Special Olympics athletes. FUNfitness provides athletes the opportunity to be examined for flexibility of hamstring, calf, shoulder rotator and hip flexor muscles; functional strength of the abdominal and lower extremity muscles, and for balance. During these screenings, physical therapists, related professionals and students offer athletes expert guidance and exercise recommendations to prevent and reduce the risk of injury, and to improve the athletes’ optimal function in sports training and competition.



  • Physical Therapists: Current licensure as a Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant (not Occupational Therapists)
  • PT Assistants: Student in PT or PT assistants -- (No Chiropractors or personal trainers)


At past FUNfitness screenings, we learned that a large percentage of Special Olympics athletes in the United States have the following health related concerns:

  • 91% have flexibility problems
  • 89% have balance problems
  • 83% have strength problems

The fitness curriculum was originally developed for Special Olympics Healthy Athletes by the American Physical Therapy Association.


The tests and measures utilized during FUNfitness are evidence based, and have reliable data. All tests for flexibility, functional strength, balance and aerobic capacity are designed to minimize the risk of injury in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Education is provided at the end of the screening for athletes, coaches and families to address the areas that need improvement.


Athletes are evaluated through a series of stations that include: flexibility, strength, balance, aerobics, and education.


Athletes and their families receive educational literature, including information illustrating techniques to improve flexibility, functional strength and balance and aerobic condition for sports performance and daily activities.

  • This event is held indoors at the Anderson Student Center.
  • All volunteers will receive a souvenir t-shirt to ensure that they are identifiable during the event. They must be worn when attending the event.
  • Orientation and Training is scheduled to start at the time you sign up for. Please arrive at the check-in area 10-15 minutes early to allow time to check-in, receive your t-shirt and be on time for your training.
  • You will receive a reminder email with additional parking and check-in information one to two weeks before the event.

Age Eligibility for Event Volunteers

  • 15 years and older can volunteer by themselves.
  • 12-14 year olds must be accompanied by parent, guardian, or chaperone.
  • 11 years and younger are not given volunteer assignments, but are welcomed and encouraged to be cheerleaders as long as they are accompanied by a parent, guardian, or chaperone.  Please do not register for any position.
  • 12-14 year olds in a group situation need a 4 to 1 ratio-meaning one adult (18 years old or older) for every three children.  These groups usually include scout troops, school classes, church groups, etc.

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Sat, Jun 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM   
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Sat, Jun 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM   
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Sat, Jun 22, 2019 - 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM   
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Event Meeting Location: Volunteer check-in is located at Scooters in the Anderson Student Center. Parking and shuttle information will be provided one to two weeks before the event.

Anderson Student Center, 2115 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

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Event Organizer: Special Olympics Minnesota
Event Category:
Healthy Athletes / FUNfitness (Physical Therapists)