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.

Help Us Build Our New Home!

 

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 home will include a gymnasium and training space for athletes, gathering space for communities, and administrative support for our staff and volunteers to better serve more than 27,000 athletes!

To make this project a reality we are fundraising $5.5 million through our first ever capital campaign. We’ve raised more than $4.9 million, and we need YOUR help to finish this project. The new facility will include a time capsule – to be opened in 50 years – to commemorate this important step for our SOGA family and the many stories that make up our great work.

Through a donation of $50, you can include your story in this time capsule and forever be a part of SOGA’s history.

Click here to cement your sport in SOGA’s forever history.

 

Polar Plunge 2018

Plunge Season is Approaching!

Do you have what it takes to make the plunge and be “freezin’ for a reason”? On February 24, 2018 brave Plungers will have the opportunity to jump into icy waters in the middle of winter to show their support for Special Olympics Georgia athletes! Acworth Beach will once again be the backdrop for a day of chilly fun including live music, food and prizes. Participants (teams and individuals) who collect pledges from friends and family totaling at least $50 secure their plunging spot!

What is Polar Plunge?

Polar Plunge is the largest fundraising effort benefiting Special Olympics and many states across the nation participate in this annual event through the efforts of their Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) program. Proceeds raised go to help provide FREE year round sports training and competition for SOGA’s 27,115 athletes!

Registration is Now Open!

We are now registering plungers for Polar Plunge 2018. Register here to take the Plunge!

For more information including sponsorship opportunities, visit www.plungega.org or contact Sara Bruno at 770-414-9390 ext. 1105.

 

Bounce for Bucks

Let’s Bounce for Bucks!

Join Special Olympics Georgia and Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park on Saturday, August 6 and Saturday, August 13 from 1-3 PM for 2 hours of all access bouncing, basketball, bull riding and more!

Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park will be selling tickets and registering all participants that MENTION Special Olympics Georgia for a discounted price of $17 between 1-3 PM. Participants will be able to bounce until 5 PM. All attendees must mention Special Olympics Georgia in order to get the discounted price.

$2 of every $17 ticket sold will go towards SOGA and our 27,110 athletes across the state of Georgia.

For more information, call (770) 414-9390 ext. 120.

Planning For a Family Member With Special Needs

Did You Know…

There are approximately 10.2 million children with special health care needs in the United States and 62% of parents of these children have no plan to cover their child’s expenses when they are gone?

 

Special Olympics Georgia has teamed up with Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP and SignatureFD, LLC for a four part series designed to provide the best information and resources about Special Needs Planning.

Special Needs Planning is designed to improve the quality of a loved one’s life by securing his or her financial future without disqualifying him or her from eligibility for means-tested government benefits.

Click here to read Part 1 of our series on Special Needs Planning, diving more in depth into what Special Needs Planning provides, challenges a family or individual could potentially face without it and how to secure the continuity of care.

Click here to read Part 2 of our series on Special Needs Planning, answering the most frequently asked questions about planning for a loved one with special needs.

Click here to read Part 3 of our series on Special Needs Planning, and learn more about Special Needs Trusts.

Click here to read Part 4 of our series on Special Needs Planning, and learn more about resources for funding for a family member with special needs.

Thank You Marlow’s Tavern Sandy Plains

Marlow's Tavern Sandy PinesCongratulations Marlow’s Tavern on a great Sneak Preview and VIP Party at your new Sandy Plains 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 Sandy Plains location on Tuesday!     

 

May Volunteers of the Month- Chamblee High School National Honor Society

VOMThe Chamblee High School National Honor Society stresses scholarship, leadership, character and service to school and community. When it comes to Special Olympics Georgia, the members from this organization go above and beyond in every aspect.

This relationship initially began with an athlete and his older brother. 25 years later, the Chamblee High School National Honor Society has continued to be involved with the DeKalb County Schools Special Olympics Program. Each year, this elite club and its members volunteer by officiating both the track and field events at the DeKalb County Special Olympics athletics competition. For the past three years, they have also contributed their time to volunteering for the DeKalb Local Volleyball Tournament. In addition, they will be diving into hosting an Aquatics Invitational in May.

The Chamblee High School National Honor Society embraces our Special Olympics athletes with acceptance and kindness. The friendship and fan-like support that they exude provides a platform for each of our athletes to be a true champion. On behalf of the DeKalb County Special Olympics Athletes, thank you to the members of the Chamblee High School National Honor Society for their continued service and friendship.

May’s Athlete of the Month: Kwame Owusu

Athlete of the MonthKawame Owusu is a 20 year old senior at Stephenson High School, full of Jaguar pride. Not only does he like to show off his Jaguar spirit, but he exudes his love, passion and enthusiasm for Special Olympics Georgia . When you meet Kwame, his smile is contagious and his sweet, caring personality radiates.

Throughout the years of being a Special Olympics Georgia athlete, Kwame’s collection of medals and ribbons are beginning to mount up. At Sate Games, he competes in basketball team skills and modified volleyball each year. On a local level, he has competed in a broad span of sports that includes volleyball, basketball, bowling, bocce, tennis and athletics. Kwame epitomizes the true spirit of a Special Olympian with his encouraging attitude, kind-heartedness, positive sportsmanship and willingness to assist others. He has an extraordinary way of sharing and spreading this to his coaches, teachers and teammates. We congratulate Kwame on being May’s Athlete of the Month!

Special Olympics Georgia hosts annual Over the Edge Event at Overlook III Building

ATLANTA, April 21, 2016 – Overlook III — 76 participants will rappel from the 22 story building known as Overlook III in Vinings on May 7 in support of Special Olympics Georgia and over 27,110 athletes. The event is expected to raise over $100,000 for the organization in order to support the year-round training and competition of its incredible Special Olympics Georgia athletes.

Participants raised a minimum of $1,000 for the opportunity to go Over the Edge of Overlook III, located at 2859 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30339. Participating in an event that takes them out of their comfort zone and ultimately changes their lives forever, participants like Brian from Q100 the Bert Show and many more show the world their courage and their support of what Special Olympics athletes experience every day.

The event will go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with vendors and Q100 Radio’s Adam Bomb as the live on site DJ so come out and show your support for the brave individuals reaching new heights for a great cause.

Over the Edge is proudly presented by Cox Automotive.

Over the Edge is proudly sponsored by the Goddard Investment Group, LLC as the Building Sponsor.

The event is also proudly sponsored by US Poultry, Good 2 Grow and Modern Provisions as the Edger Sponsors.

Over the Edge is additionally sponsored by Jabian Consulting as the Toss Your Boss Sponsor and by DressUp, Hometown Foundation and QuikTrip as the Event Sponsors.

For more information or to make a donation visit: oteatlanta2016.com or contact Kristin Hill: kristin.hill@specialolympicsga.org.

Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA)
SOGA provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Georgia invests in people with intellectual disabilities helping them to develop athletic skills, while also promoting the abilities of the athletes off the field. When the athletes succeed, attitudes change, communities develop, health and self esteem are built, and the eyes of the world are focused on all that is good and hopeful and positive. Athletes gain skills for employment, learn independent living skills, form relationships and help others understand their extraordinary capabilities despite health issues they experience daily.

For more information, visit http://www.specialolympicsga.org/.

Cops on Donut Shops

CODS pic

Special Olympics Georgia is proud to present the 2nd Annual Cops on Donut Shops event with Dunkin’ Donuts®!  Join us at 60 Dunkin’ Donuts® locations on #SOGADonutDay, Friday, June 2nd, 2017, from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.  to help the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) raise funds and awareness for SOGA athletes.  June 2nd is also #NationalDonutDay so every guest will receive one free donut at Dunkin’ Donuts® stores with a purchase of one beverage!

A special thank you to Dunkin Donuts® for your partnership and support!

For more information about Cops on Donut Shops, please contact Rebecca Walsh, LETR and Events Manager, at rebecca.walsh@specialolympicsga.org.

 

For a complete list of participating Dunkin’ Donuts®, click here.

To find a participating Dunkin’ Donuts® near you, click on your city’s button below!