Special Olympics

Hands on Work (choose from opportunities described below.)

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  • Volunteer at a Special Olympics Competitive Event.
  • Volunteer at a Fundraiser.

Who can help: Anyone!


Show Your Support at an Event

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Go to an upcoming Special Olympics competitive event and show your support for the athletes by cheering them on!

Who can help: Anyone!


Organize a Fundraiser

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Hold a bake sale, run a lemonade stand, or similar event and donate the proceeds to Special Olympics Ohio.  Every dollar counts.

Who can help: Anyone!


 

Conduct an Adocacy and Awareness Campaign

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Take a look at the “3 word” video in the videos section for inspiration on how you might create a message that advocates for the rights and respect of people with intellectual disabilities. Or get the word out on Twitter or Instagram about upcoming events or fundraisers or the positive message that Special Olympics is all about.  

Who can help: Anyone!


Contact Special Olympics Ohio under the ‘Contact’ tab on the menu to your left to set up volunteer opportunities or service projects!

What is your organization’s mission statement?

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The mission of Special Olympics of Ohio is to provide year-round sports training and competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


 
What population do you serve? 

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Special Olympics provides competition opportunities and services throughout the United States.  Special Olympics of Ohio focuses its efforts in Ohio.


 

How many do you serve in a year? 

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Special Olympics of Ohio currently has over 23,000 athletes who are in training and competition.

What region or area do you provide services in?

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The Special Olympics has programs in all 50 states and 150 countries.  Special Olympics Ohio has over 200 local member organizations that serve Ohio specifically.


 
How and when did the organization get started? 

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The first national meet for Special Olympics was held in Chicago in 1968 and it hosted over 1,000 athletes from the United States and Canada. In 1975, Special Olympics Ohio was formed to provide events and training specifically to those in Ohio.


 

How many employees do you have? 

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We have a small staff to handle general operations.


 

How many volunteers does your organization have?  (click the “Service Projects” tab to learn more about volunteer opportunities)

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Over 12,000 individuals have donated their time to Special Olympics Ohio.

 

How do your programs or services help the community?

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Special Olympics contributes to the physical, social, and psychological development of the athletes.  Through successful experiences in sports, they gain confidence and build a positive self-image which carries over into the classroom, home, job, and community.


 
Program Descriptions 

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Special Olympics Competition Events:  We hold several events throughout the year.  These include the traditional Special Olympics summer events, but we also host Winter games, Equestrian competitions and Aquatic Meets, plus many more.

 

Special Olympics Torch Run: Every year and in conjunction with local law enforcement, we host an annual torch run which ends at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University.

Special Olympics Ohio Wishlist:


  • Specific items needed for competitive events
  • Specific items needed for fundraising events


Name: Megan Modene

Title: Athlete Leadership & Volunteer Manager

Email: mmodene@sooh.org

Work: (614) 239-7050

Address:
3303 Winchester Pike
Columbus, OH 43232

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