Special Olympics Florida, Inc.

Rating: 4 stars   1 review

Issues: Sports

Location: 1915 Don Wickham Drive Clermont FL 34711 USA

Mission: The concept of Special Olympics began in the early 1960s when Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for people with intellectual disabilities. From that experience, it was clear that these individuals were far more capable in sports and physical activities than many experts believed.

In 1968, Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriver organized the first International Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Special Olympics Florida was founded in 1972 and has been growing ever since!

Special Olympics Florida is one of the largest volunteer driven athletic organizations in the state. Involving over 15,000 athletes who have intellectual disabilities, SOFL is made possible by over 4,000 coaches and 25,000 volunteers, annually.


Special Olympics Florida has over 900 local, registered training programs amongst eleven areas. These local programs are accredited by the Special Olympics Florida State office and offer local training and competition. The SOFL office provides state-level competition.


Through successful sports training and competition, Special Olympics athletes develop physically, socially, and psychologically. The positive experiences that the athletes have in ongoing Special Olympics programs builds confidence and self-image, which carries over into all aspects of their lives.


Programs: Special Olympics Florida provides year-round training and competition opportunities to approximately 15,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the state of Florida. Participation in Special Olympics is voluntary and free of charge to all eligible participants. Participants must be at least eight years of age and have been diagnosed with intellectual disabilities or a related cognitive developmental disability.  Because of programs such as Healthy Athletes, Athlete Leadership, and Young Athletes, Special Olympics now stands as a leader in the field of intellectual disability, making incredible strides in the areas of health, research and policy change.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I was involved with the Special Olympics FL(in Broward county) through the Joe Jonas iwin fun run(I raised over five thousand for them) It was a great experience even though I think it could have been better organized(just being honest). Before I got involved I always thought the SO was a great organization but didn't realize how much joy and positive impact it has on those that are mentally disabled. This charity to quite a few of the athletes I talked to were their social lifes. The SO provides a place and a community where they are accepted and have friends, where I'm not sure they would be able to get many other places. Also, what I didn't realize is that some of the athletes are able to live on their own without any finical assistance by their families, even though they still are not able to have jobs that frankly pay very well. So, it is very important that is the SO is sponsored because it's not like they can pay for it themselves and they also many times can't get better paying jobs ethier.
I really believe in the mission of the Special Olympics even though I think they need to be more organized.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the faces of the athletes and hearing their stories.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would, as I said be more organized in the way they execute events. Also to get more 'bang for their buck' in which, not only get money but also donations by Marriott reward points or something like that, so things they do are as expensive. Because I know the four VIP tickets that were given away as a prize for the two top donors at the fun run were paid for by the SO when, I believe that they could have gotten them for free if they had asked Joe Jonas' manager(or Joe himself) for the tickets.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Likely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Joe Jonas(also the reason I say 'likely' instead of 'definitely' is because I live in GA!)

Why did you make your donation at this time?

The iwin fun run

What would you tell others about this organization?

It really positively impacts the lives of those who are affected by mental disabilities.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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