California – Westwood: Special Olympics at UCLA

Andrew Lin

What organization did you volunteer with, and where were you located?

I volunteer with Special Olympics at UCLA, a branch of West Side Special Olympics. Every Saturday, we play basketball or soccer on the UCLA campus!


Why did you choose to work with Special Olympics?

Having volunteered with Special Olympics throughout high school, I immediately sought out this organization upon entering UCLA as a freshman. In high school, Special Olympics provided me the invaluable opportunity to act as a mentor for athletes with intellectual disabilities. It was amazing witnessing the growth and development of my athletes over the years, and I knew that I wanted to continue my work as a mentor in college.


Does Special Olympics have a UCLA connection?

Special Olympics at UCLA has been an established group on campus for more than 30 years. We are proud of the lives we have shaped through this program here at UCLA.


How did your experience influence you, what knowledge or insights did you gain during your time of service?

My experience with Special Olympics has opened my eyes to a community that I had previously not been exposed to. Special Olympics has allowed me to develop amazing relationships with the athletes that I have worked with, and in the process has helped me grow as an individual.


Did you experience any culture shock during your volunteering?

I did not experience any culture shock when volunteering with Special Olympics at UCLA, but I did when I first started volunteering in high school.


What was a typical day like for you?

A typical day involves first ensuring that all athletes have made it safely to UCLA. Then, we all stretch together, begin drills, and then progress to playing games.

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