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How To Volunteer And Contribute To The Special Olympics

By Edited Jun 20, 2015 0 0
Everyone Is A Winner
The Special Olympics is a highly recognized nationwide program founded in 1968 when Eunice Kennedy Shriver organized the First International Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field in Chicago. The concept was born when Mrs. Shriver started a day camp for children to adults inflicted with intellectual disabilities. She saw that these individuals were far more capable in sports and physical activities than many experts would have thought. Since then, millions of mentally challenged children and adults have participated in The Special Olympics. Giving these athletes continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

The Special Olympics would not be what it is today, if weren't for those that volunteer, contributing their time, compassion and efforts to this fulfilling, worthy cause. You will not find anything more rewarding than to experience the heart-felt hugs, smiles, joy and competitive challenges that the millions of Special Olympic participants experience.

The Special Olympics athlete's oath is, "Let me win; but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." Help give them the chance to participate in the Special Olympics, by volunteering or contributing in some way, where everyone is a winner, including you.

Things You Will Need

Compassion
Time to Volunteer

Step 1

To learn more about the Special Olympic volunteer and contribution opportunities available in your State, Google "Special Olympics- Illinois" or whatever your state name is. Each State has an official Special Olympics website with information about the local, regional and statewide programs that are offered. Visit the International Special Olympics home page website for more information and inspiration.

Step 2

To donate monetarily, individual as well as corporate contributions and sponsorships are welcomed, making a direct financial impact to the organization. The Special Olympic program also appreciates and benefits from donations such as sports equipment, office equipment, supplies and more. Your local or regional office will be able to give you input as to more specific information on equipment and supplies that are needed for the local athlete's programs. There are many different sports that the athletes participate in including golf, baseball, soccer, track and field, hockey, equestrian and many more as you will see on the website.

Step 3

If you are not able to contribute monetarily or with equipment and supplies, there are many other wonderful opportunities for community members to volunteer their time for the many activities that are provided by the Special Olympics programs throughout the year. Individuals who wish to participate on an ongoing basis, can volunteer to serve on management teams, various steering committees, become coaches, chaperones, or even partner-athletes in unified sports competition. The opportunities are endless and the personal satisfaction of helping such a worthy cause that brings so much happiness and pride to the intellectually challenged athletes... is priceless.

Step 4

You can obtain and download a volunteer packet from your local Special Olympic website that will include volunteer and coach profile forms, a calendar of events and a list of volunteer job descriptions so that you can see which area or opportunity would be the best fit for you.

Step 5

Special Olympics Logo
For more inspiration and background about the Special Olympics Organization, you will enjoy the website, dedicated to the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver's passion and vision: "One Woman's Vision". The Special Olympics wouldn't be what it is today, if weren't for those that volunteer, contributing their time, compassion and efforts to this fulfilling, worthy cause. You will not find anything more rewarding than to experience the heart-felt hugs, smiles, joy and competitive challenges that the millions of Special Olympic participants experience. Thanks for considering to give it a try!

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