By Erin Feitsma, Times Total Media Correspondent
The sports-centric organization Special Olympics has been bringing events and resources to communities worldwide for over 50 years. Whether you have a passion for people or an affinity for athletics, Special Olympics can use your talents. Keep reading to find out how to get involved with Special Olympics Florida.
What is Special Olympics?
According to the organization’s website, Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every person is accepted and welcome, regardless of ability or disability. Special Olympics, which was founded in 1968, aims to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, according to its mission statement.
Special Olympics Florida carries out this mission in the Sunshine State. Special Olympics Florida’s goal is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, according to their website.
How can I get involved?
Volunteer: Volunteers are an essential part of Special Olympics Florida, and there are many ways volunteers can use their time and talents to support the organization. From coaching athletes to serving as a mentor to working in Special Olympics Florida’s internship program and more, there are an abundance of opportunities for you to use your skills to help others. Click here to learn about more ways you can volunteer with the organization.
Sponsor: Do you have a company that could sponsor Special Olympics Florida? According to the organization’s website, partnering with Special Olympics Florida could help you strengthen your brand value, build consumer loyalty and promote your business objectives, all while helping the organization make an impact for the better. Now that’s a win-win.
Give back: Financial donations to the organization can also help make a difference. Your generosity enables people with intellectual disabilities to experience the power of sports every day, and in doing so, you can help change society’s perceptions and treatment of people with intellectual disabilities, writes Special Olympics Florida. For more information on supporting the organization financially, click here.
You can make a difference! For more information on Special Olympics Florida and how you can get involved, visit the organizaton’s website at https://www.specialolympicsflorida.org/.
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