Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Their goal is to help bring people with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. When they achieve this goal through their sports program, they demonstrate that Special Olympics has a unique value: to show the world that every person counts and that every person can be something good when we work together.
How Your Donation Helps
Special Olympics is the first – and still the only – organization to offer training and competition for people with intellectual disabilities.
The national organization, Special Olympics Incorporated, was founded in 1968 by the late Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Her son, Mr. Timothy Shriver serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Special Olympics Georgia invests in people with intellectual disabilities, helping them to develop athletic skills, while also promoting the abilities of the athletes off the field. When their athletes succeed, attitudes change, communities develop, health and self-esteem are built, and the eyes of the world are focused on all that is good and hopeful and positive. Athletes gain skills for employment, learn independent living skills, form relationships and help others understand their extraordinary capabilities despite health issues they experience daily.
Athletes are not charged to participate in Special Olympics Georgia. Therefore, we must raise all monies necessary to fund our programs and events. Proceeds from a vehicle donation help cover expenses for athletes to attend our State Competitions. For example, $250 covers all expenses for three athletes to attend a State Competition, $500 provides transportation stipends for five delegations to attend a State Competition, and $1,000 provides 65 athletes housing for two nights at a State Competition.
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