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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Special Olympics, Sports

Mission: To provide year round sports training and competition to children and

Programs: Games - through participation in 360 local competitions and eight program championships, over 26,000 special olympic athletes from florida have ample opportunity to practice and hone their skills. With 23 different sports being offered year - round, there is something for everyone.

training of 26,000 athletes in functional sports skills and rules which empower and enable them to interact with the community. Training takes place not only as part of the olympic type sports offered, but also through our young athletes program and athlete leadership courses to enhance our athletes opportunities within our community. While providing the athletes with opportunities to build muscles and sharpen motor skills, training also builds self-confidence and the development of social skill

healthly programs - striving to improve athletes' ability to train and compete through improving their health and fitness, and enhancing their well being and overall sports experience. Athletes are offered screening in seven disiplines, including health promotion, sports physicals, physical therapy, hearing, vision and dental care. During the 2014 the program performed 7,216 health screenings with the assistance of 1,302 health care volunteers.

other programs include project unify, an education project that uses sports and education to activate young people that uses sports and education to activate young people that uses sports and education to activate young people that uses sports and education to activate young people that uses sports and education to activate young people that uses sports and education to activate young people

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Alayna M.

Donor

Rating: 4

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.

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