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Since 1968, the Knights of Columbus has raised and donated more than $600 million to programs for people with intellectual and physical disabilities – Special Olympics ranks among the larger gifts the Order makes annually of time and money.
In 2005, the Knights of Columbus announced a partnership with Special Olympics; committing $1 million over four years to grow the program in North America in addition to pledging increased volunteer support for state and local games. The Order also pledged to work with Special Olympics North America to expand its program to under served countries. The Knights of Columbus has subsequently extended that commitment.
The Knights of Columbus commitment to Special Olympics and to hundreds of grassroots programs for people with intellectual and physical disabilities is an expression of our belief in the intrinsic worth of every human being.
Through sports training and competitions, Special Olympics helps people with intellectual disabilities find joy, acceptance and success. As their lives open up, athletes gain the confidence that comes with achievement. They feel empowered.
They are ready to take on new leadership challenges to make use of their new abilities. They become mentors for other athletes. They train to become coaches and officials. They also move toward a more public role as a speaker or spokesperson. They speak to audiences and journalists about the positive changes that Special Olympics helped bring about in their lives. At Special Olympics, our athletes are empowered to share their many gifts and talents with society.
Yet, it’s more than that. Our athletes also become empowered to be leaders in society—and teach us all about acceptance and understanding.
Our athlete leaders are powerful and insightful speakers. Have a Special Olympian speak to your Council. Contact Andy Sison at 630-841-8930 or at LAXinSNA@hotmail.com to schedule.
Council Report Form and donation form are on the Program CD that was sent to all Grand Knights.
For information on getting involved with your local Special Olympics organizations, please contact your State Committeemen or Special Olympics for more information.
Special Olympics Southern California 6730 East Carson Street Long Beach, CA Phone: (562) 354-2600
Web Site: http://www.sosc.org/
Special Olympics Northern California 3480 Buskirk Ave., #340 Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (925)944-8801