KidsCents

Imagine the change your change can make!

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Rite Aid and are now an official KidCents charity! Special Olympics Georgia will now be listed as an official KidCents charity on www.kidcents.com. KidCents is a program created by The Rite Aid Foundation that allows Rite Aid customers to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donate their change to help support kid-focused charities.

Here’s how you can enroll in the KidCents program and round-up to Special Olympics Georgia:

Step 1: Enroll in wellness+ with Plenti (Skip to Step 2 if you are already a wellness+ with Plenti member)

  • Visit www.KidCents.com and click ‘Sign in’ on the left
  • Click the box on the right to ‘Enroll in wellness+ with Plenti’
  • Complete the registration process for wellness+ with Plenti
  • Click through to finish signing up in Plenti
  • When finished with both processes, you will be directed to RiteAid.com

Step 2: Enroll in the KidCents Round-Up Program

  • Visit www.KidsCents.com
  • You should see your account logged in on the left. If not, sign in with the account information.
  • Click the ‘Start rounding up today!’ dial on the left

Step 3: Designate your Charity

  • Click ‘Select a Charity’ on the left
  • Type Special Olympics Georgia and click ‘Select This Charity’

By rounding up, you are helping us to reach our goals by simply shopping at Rite Aid. Feel free to invite your friends and family to participate in the program. Imagine the change that your change can make!

We are looking forward to our partnership with The Rite Aid Foundation and are excited by the opportunities that KidCents brings to Special Olympics Georgia athletes. Thank you for your support!

Special Olympics Georgia Championship Night

Join Special Olympics Georgia and Senoia Raceway for Special Olympics Georgia Championship Night!

Enjoy watching the Ultimate Late Model Series and support the over 27,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities that compete with Special Olympics Georgia each year. Buy a ticket to attend, and you will be entered for a chance to win prizes throughout the evening!

5 percent of the grandstand sales will come back to Special Olympics Georgia. Gates open at 5 pm and the race begins at 7 pm.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://senoiaraceway.com or call 770-414-9390.

 

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.

State Indoor Winter Games, January 20-22, 2017, Cobb County

Special Olympics Georgia will host the 2017 State Indoor Winter Games on January 20-22, 2017.

Come join the 2800 athletes, coaches, and unified partners in Cobb County as they compete in basketball, bowling, floor hockey, artistic gymnastics, and powerlifting!

The Opening Ceremony will be held on Friday, January 20th at the Cobb Civic Center at 7:30pm and is open to the public.

For more information on Indoor Winter Games, view our fact sheet HERE and visit our event page, or contact David Crawford at david.crawford@specialolympicsga.org.

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Thomas Ritch at thomas.ritch@specialolympicsga.org.

If you would like to volunteer, go online to http://sogeorgia.vsyshost.com or contact Paul McNeil at paul.mcneil@specialolympicsga.org

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.

2017 Over the Edge

Ever wondered if you had what it takes to be fearless and face new challenges head-on?

Here’s your chance! The 6th annual Over the Edge will be Saturday, April 29th at Overlook III Building in Vinings! Join “edgers” who are brave enough to raise $1,000 to rappel over the edge of a 22 story building for Special Olympics Georgia.

Over the Edge is the largest fundraising effort benefiting Special Olympics Georgia. We are looking for brave individuals like YOU to experience the challenge, the bravery and the exhilaration of participating in an event that takes you out of your comfort zone and ultimately changes your life forever- the same thing our Special Olympics Georgia athletes experience every day.

If you are interested in participating, becoming a sponsor or would like more information, please contact Thomas Ritch at (770) 414-9390 x 121 or thomas.ritch@specialolympicsga.org, or visit The Over the Edge Website to register for your spot!

 

Thank You Dunkin’ Donuts!

Special Olympics Georgia would like to thank Dunkin’ Donuts for their tremendous sponsorship of the 2016 Cops on Donut Shops and support of LETR. Below are a few words from Dunkin’ Donuts:

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“On behalf of our franchises within the state of Georgia, being able to support Special Olympics Georgia during National Donut Day was a fun and successful effort! Partnering with the LETR groups made it very rewarding since serving our “safety” organizations is part of our mission at Dunkin’ Donuts Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation. We are please to support the great work and the impact that you have on the lives of the Special Olympics athletes. At Dunkin’ Brands, community is the heart of our business so it was exciting to learn about the “reach ” your organization has throughout the whole state. We believe that charitable giving begins at home, in the communities, cities and towns in which we operate. So, we look forward to continuing our support and relationship with Special Olympics Georgia in the future.”- Kimberly Brandon, Associate Field Marketing Manager, Dunkin’ Brands

2016 State Summer Games Updates

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All events for Saturday, May 21 will take place at their regularly scheduled venues and times. 

For the official 2016 State Summer Games Inclement Weather Plan, click here.

 

If you have any additional questions before the 2016 State Summer Games (before May 20), please call the Special Olympics Georgia office at 770-414-9390.

If you have any additional questions during the 2016 State Summer Games (May 20- 22), please call the Nerve Center at 404-727-5202.

If you are LETR, please contact Rebecca Walsh at 678-858-3855 or rebecca.walsh@specialolympicsga.org.

If you are media, please contact Meghan Daves at 864-680-7670 or meghan.daves@specialolympicsga.org.

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’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!