A Special Thank You

Special Olympics Georgia continues to provide high-quality competitions for our athletes, and it is only because of your support and friendship that this is possible.

Thank you for your passion, energy, and time towards helping the athletes achieve athletic and lifetime success!

The first half of 2017 has been very eventful and successful for Special Olympics Georgia athletes and everyone involved with Special Olympics Georgia.

A few highlights:

  • Thee are currently 210 accredited Special Olympics Georgia programs across the state.
  • 5,638 athletes, Unified Partners, and coaches participated in State Indoor Winter games and State Summer Games. 3,282 amazing volunteers assisted with these Games. Click here to view photos from the weekend, or to view photos from the weekend that FOX  posted, click on the below photo.

  • Special Olympics Georgia held a 3 day Youth Forum in June at Emory University. 33 youth volunteers and SOGA athletes ages 13-18 attended alongside 10 SOGA team members and volunteers. The Forum focused on leadership skills training, provided the youth opportunities to implement these skills in a group setting, and educated the youth on how to become involved with SOGA as an advocate in their school/community, coach, Unified Partner, and fundraiser.

We are also extremely excited to announce that to better serve YOU – our athletes, families, volunteers and friends – we are building a one-of-a-kind training facility and administrative space called Training for Life: Sports Lab & Center. This state-of-the-art new SOGA home will include a training space for athletes, gathering space for communities, an administrative support for our SOGA team and volunteers to better serve 27,115 athletes! The doors to the new SOGA headquarters will open in November.

Thank you for continuing to believe in our athletes and for making sure that every Special Olympics Georgia athlete has the opportunity to be an Olympian!

Celebrating Champions Month

This month we’re Celebrating Champions at Special Olympics Georgia, and you can have your gift MATCHED to help support Special Olympics Georgia athletes! Celebrating Champions month is a time to honor all of the hometown heroes that make Special Olympics Georgia what it is today. From volunteers and coaches to monthly sustainers and family members, YOU make Special Olympics Georgia possible for what matters most – our athletes! Your matched gift will show Special Olympics Georgia athletes they are not celebrated just in July, but all year long!

Click here to celebrate Special Olympics Georgia Champions and make your matching gift donation.

Help Major Clifton Freeze for a Reason…Austrian Style!

March of 2017 is a big month for SOGA! Not only can you join SOGA athletes Deon and Evan as they go for the gold at the World Winter Games in Austria, but now you can join one of our very own LETR members as they take the plunge!

Major John Clifton, Chair of the Executive Council of LETR for Special Olympics Georgia has been selected as one of the 88 LETR officers worldwide in participating in the Final Leg of the Torch Run at World Games and plunging into the freezing waters of the Flughafen Sea in Niederoblarn, Austria.

John has set his fundraising goal for $25,000 to help not only athletes, not only from Georgia like Deon and Evan, but worldwide. Half of all money he is raising will come back home to Georgia to benefit our 27,110 athletes.

You can be the difference. Every dollar counts- no donation too small or too large and is tax-deductible.

Click here to help Major Clifton meet his goal and make a difference for Special Olympics athletes around the world!

Publix, Procter & Gamble Torch Campaign

 

Publix, Procter & Gamble and Special Olympics Georgia have once again partnered to help people with intellectual disabilities achieve their dreams with the Publix, Procter & Gamble Torch Campaign. January 1 – 21, Publix shoppers and Procter & Gamble fans can help make a difference and save money:

  1. Save over $70 on your favorite Procter & Gamble brands by clipping the P&G brandSAVER™ coupons featuring Special Olympics from your local newspaper.
  2. Shop at Publix any time between January 1 and January 21 and purchase your very own torch at check-out for a donation of $1, $3, $5 or $10. With your donation, you will receive over $10 in coupons on select Procter and Gamble products.
  3. Purchase $25 or more of Procter & Gamble products at Publix and submit your receipt for a FREE Beauty Bag with $19 of travel size Procter & Gamble goodies.

Want to know more about the athletes you are supporting while shopping and saving? Click here to learn more.

For more information contact Rebecca Walsh, LETR and Events Manager, at (770) 414-9390 ext. 118.

Thank You To:

Thank You Marlow’s Tavern Brookhaven

Congratulations Marlow’s Tavern on a great Sneak Preview and VIP Party at your new Brookhaven location. Thank you for once again inviting Special Olympics Georgia to be a part of this great celebration! Your continued generous support and friendship helps our athletes build their self-esteem, improve their health, nurture friendships, and become meaningful citizens. And for that, we can’t thank you enough!!! Good luck with the official opening of the Brookhaven location on Tuesday!

Share the Fun and make a Difference with Talbots

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Talbots and Special Olympics Georgia invite you to stop by their store in Buckhead to shop, make a difference and enjoy light refreshments.

On Friday, December 2, from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Talbots at the Peachtree Battle Promenade will be donating 10% of pre-tax sales to Special Olympics Georgia.

Click here for more information.

To RSVP, or find out additional information, please contact Robin Fabrick at 770-414-9390 ext. 112.

Finish Line Helps Spread Unstoppable Joy

The Finish Line Youth Foundation wants to help make all Special Olympics athletes feel #SOunstoppable this holiday season, but they can’t do it without you!

For the fifth year in a row, Finish Line will hold its annual holiday fundraising campaign benefitting Special Olympics. From November 17th – December 25th, customers at over 600 Finish Line stores across the United States will be asked to make donations at checkout to benefit Special Olympics athletes. In addition, customers also will be able to make online donations and round up their online purchases.

Visit your local Finish line to participate or check out The Finish Line Youth Foundation.

3rd Annual St. Peter Chanel 5K

Run for a reason!

Join St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church as they host the 3rd Annual St. Peter Chanel 5K on November 19, 2016.

Benefiting Special Olympics Georgia, the event will include a free kids run and is open to runners and walkers of all levels.

Click here for more information.

To register, click here.

2016 Georgia Gives Day

On November 17, join your fellow Georgians and celebrate Georgia Gives Day by giving to Special Olympics Georgia.

Whether you have $1, $10, $100 or $10,000 Georgia Gives Day celebrates the communities throughout the state of Georgia by allowing individuals to give to the cause most close to their hearts.

Georgia Gives Day will benefit the 27,110 athletes of Special Olympics Georgia that participate in sports training and Olympic-type competition year-round.

Visit Georgia Gives Day today to help SOGA Athletes!

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day

In 1968, one woman started a movement that celebrated the abilities and strengths of a population noticed for their disabilities. From that moment on, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Special Olympics grew to an international organization with the goal to provide opportunities and arenas for individuals with intellectual disabilities to not only shine, but be included and accepted, giving them a more hopeful and brighter future.

On July 20, 2017, Special Olympics will celebrate its annual Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day (EKS) to honor the life of the woman that started it all. This day will also serve as a global call to action for people with and without intellectual disabilities to live in a more unified society – in sport, work, and in the community. By bringing together all peoples, we are able to give ever new life to Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s vision and honor her inspiration, impact and indomitable spirit.

Please join the athletes of Special Olympics Georgia on Thursday, July 20th, and Special Olympics athletes, partners and fans across the world, unify our communities, expand opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and honor Eunice Kennedy Shriver.