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  • It all began in the early 1960s, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver saw how unjustly and unfairly people with intellectual disabilities were treated. She also saw that many children with special needs didn’t even have a place to play. She decided to take action.Soon, her vision began to take shape, as she held a summer day camp for young people with intellectual disabilities in her own backyard. The goal was to learn what these children could do in sports and other activities – and not dwell on what they could not do. This vision eventually grew into the global Special Olympics movement.
  • There is only one mission statement for the entire Movement
  • Athlete Development Model through partnerships and Unified SportsProject UNIFY, Healthy AthletesMajor Gifts, Merging CDMP & Telemarketing, Plan GivingSONA Summit 2013 = CEO Leadership Training and Board ChairTechnology
  • Young Athletes is all about fun and represents the first possible place for a child with intellectual disabilities to experience and participate in activities that are designed to introduce and develop fundamental skills necessary for future Special Olympics training and competition. The activities were created by specialists from the fields of special education, physical education, adaptive physical education, physical therapy and occupational therapy. The activities are not only appropriate for children with intellectual disabilities, but all children of the targeted ages from two through seven, allowing for peer interaction among children with and without intellectual disabilities.
  • What is ALPs & Why get involved?Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) provide training and support for athletes who desire to expand their participation in Special Olympics both on and off the competition field.  Through ALPs, athletes receive training and have opportunities to hold positions of leadership and influence. In these roles, athletes help determine policy and set direction for Special Olympics. Ultimately, ALPs helps to create a “culture of welcome” throughout the organization as athletes are welcomed into their new leadership roles and serve alongside other volunteers.Global Messenger- master the art of public speaking and spread the Special Olympics word.Technology- develop necessary computer skills to navigate email, internet & other online communication toolsGovernance- provide skills to become an effective board & committee memberCoaching & Officiating- become certified as a coach for SO teams & learn skills to officiate competitionsFundraising- understand the process of research and preparation that goes into a fundraising program and what to expect if you are asked to be part of a fundraising meeting with potential contributors Healthy Lifestyles- learn the importance of being a strong & healthy Athlete and encourage other athletes to attend the clinics and/or guide them through their first clinic.


  • 1. Special Olympics Vermont Worldwide Movement SOI paradigm shift SOVT within the Movement Vermont
  • 2. WE are Special Olympics Worldwide Movement 170 Countries 270,000 Coaches 805,000 Volunteers 3,750,000 Athletes 49,778 competitions ~ 136 per day
  • 3. Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder 1963 – Starts a day camp 1968 – First Games in Soldier Field, Chicago 1,000 athletes 25 states and Canada 1971 – December 1971 The U.S. Olympic Committee gives Special Olympics official approval as one of only two organizations authorized to use the name “Olympics” in the United States 3 / Special Olympics Vermont
  • 4. Vision The Special Olympics Movement unlocks the joy of sport to inspire people throughout the world to open their minds to human giftedness, to accept, include and value people with intellectual disabilities in all aspects of life, and thereby unite people in a shared belief of a more just and welcoming world. 5 / Special Olympics Vermont
  • 5. Mission The mission of Special Olympics is to provide yearround sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
  • 6. Statement of Purpose Farmer’s Market Speech Special Olympics Vermont is part of a global movement that works year round to foster acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities by using the power of sport to showcase their gifts and abilities. 7 / Special Olympics Vermont
  • 7. Unique from Other Sports Organizations • Sports opportunities for all ability levels • Division for equitable competition • Awards for all participants • Random draw for advancement to higher levels of competition (National/World Games) • No fees charged to athletes or family members 8 / Special Olympics Vermont
  • 8. Statement of Eligibility • Persons with intellectual disability or a closely related developmental disability (Identified by agency or professional) • Aged 8 years or older 2-7 Young Athletes Program (YAP) • Registered with Special Olympics to participate 9 / Special Olympics Vermont
  • 9. The Resulting Scale 3.75 million athletes participating in training and games on a global scale The world’s leading public health organization for people with intellectual disabilities A culture of athlete leadership The world’s leading voice in elevating awareness of the needs and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities
  • 10. Defining our Brand More than an event… a Movement It’s one thing to change a life. Imagine changing a mindset. “We’re not leading a program; we’re leading a movement— some say a civil rights movement of the heart— powered by sport.” Timothy Shriver - opening address to the 2010 Global Congress
  • 11. Movement’s Strategic Plan Athlete Experience Advance Quality Sports & Competitions Build Communities Connect Fans & Funds Develop Movement Leadership Establish Sustainable Capabilities Special Olympics Foundation: Mission, Values and Model of Change
  • 12. Organization Vermont 13
  • 13. Organizational Structure Local Athletes & Coaches Local Area/County Local/School Programs National Regional Global 52 United States Programs SOVT Canada East Asia/ China Africa AsiaPacific EuropeEurasia North America SONA Caribbean Latin America Special Olympics, Inc. Headquarters, Washington, DC SOI Special Olympics, Inc. Board of Directors Middle EastNorth Africa
  • 14. SOVT Organizational Structure President & CEO Lisa DeNatale Marketing & Development Director Chris Bernier Special Events Manager Liza Reed Office Assistant Becky Cross 15 / Special Olympics Vermont Finance Manager Wendy Kenny Director of Programs Michelle Gates Families and Athletes Coordinator Kelly Wilkins Sports Manager Chris Langevin
  • 15. Board of Directors Determines statewide policies and provides financial oversight Comprised of business and sports leaders, athletes, families, family members, educators and experts in intellectual disabilities from Vermont. Officers Nicole Andreson, Chair Jeff LaBonte, Past Chair Tom Nold, Treasurer Timothy Lewis, Secretary Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C Hickok & Boardman Insurance Shelburne Farms University of Vermont Board Members Meredith Austin Dr. Stephen Contompasis Joel Desautels Bethany Dubuque Cindy Elcan Grace Lynch Kelly Griffin Marge McDonnell Lois Nial Cheryl O’Toole Kevin Plette Bruce Schrack Mary Lafountain 16 / Special Olympics Vermont Champlain Investment Partners University of Vermont PT 360 People’s United Bank United Way of Chittenden County Champlain Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Burton Snowboards Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Champlain Valley Fairgrounds Fletcher Allen Health Care Burlington School District State of Vermont Vermont Sun Fitness Center , Athlete Representative
  • 16. Volunteers School/Agency Coordinator Coaching Training Public Relations Partners Club Member Unified Sports™ Partner Fund-raising Games Mgmt Team (Area/County & State) Management Team (Area/County & State) Officiating State Board Member Chaperoning Event Volunteer Medical Support Office Support Recruiting Athletes, Families & Volunteers Special Olympics is the LARGEST Volunteer Driven Organization In The WORLD
  • 17. Program Infrastructure Local Programs Traditional and Unified Sports® Total: 21 – community based School Unified Programs Elementary through high school Total: 34 statewide 18 / Special Olympics Vermont
  • 18. Special Olympics Vermont Movement Overview of Special Olympics Vermont History, mission, facts and vision. Vermont 19
  • 19. Special Olympics Vermont History • Established February, 1971 • 1971 State Track & Field Games; more than100 athletes • 1981 International Winter Games – Smugglers Notch • 1990 First School Unified Sports program; 3 schools • More than 935 athletes & 450 partners • More than 1700 registered athletes eligible to compete • 54 programs • More than 1500 volunteers annually 20 / Special Olympics Vermont
  • 20. Sports and Competition Vermont 21
  • 21. Sports Rules • Based on international and national governing body rules • Contains few modifications • Provide sports and events for all ability levels, including skills • Govern all Special Olympics competitions 22 / Special Olympics Vermont
  • 22. Proven Benefits • Improved strength, stamina & motor skills • Improved self-esteem & selfconfidence • Healthy, skill-dependable employees • Greater independent participation in community 23 / Special Olympics Vermont
  • 23. Sports Offered in Vermont (12) * School Unified Sports Alpine Skiing Cross Country Skiing Aquatics Golf Athletics Snowboarding * Basketball * Snowshoeing * Bocce * Soccer * Bowling Softball 24 / Special Olympics Vermont
  • 24. Athlete-Centered Programs • Healthy Athletes • Project UNIFY • Young Athletes • ALP’s •Families Vermont 25
  • 25. Healthy Athlete Program Health Promotion – screening that offers health information and advice in the areas of nutrition, sun safety, bone density, tobacco cessation and physical fitness Opening Eyes – vision and eye health screening in partnership with Lions Clubs International Foundation (coming soon to VT) Fun Fitness – physical therapy screening program Special Smiles – free dental screening, oral health information, and instructions on brushing and flossing properly 26 / Special Olympics Vermont
  • 26. Young Athlete Program Young Athletes engages children with intellectual disabilities through developmentally appropriate play activities. The activities are designed to foster physical, cognitive, and social development. YAP welcomes family members of children with intellectual disabilities to the Special Olympics network of support; and raises awareness about the abilities of children with intellectual disabilities through inclusive peer participation. Young Athletes seeks to offer families a community network experience that supports the development of their young children. 27 / Special Olympics Vermont
  • 27. Project UNIFY • More than Unified Sports® • Youth centered initiatives to promote inclusion throughout schools – Get into it • Service – Learning Curriculum • Developed with the DOE and endorsed by IDEAs that Work – Youth leadership • Youth Activation Committees, rallies and Summits – R-Word Campaigns – Fans in the Stands – Partners Clubs 28 / Special Olympics Vermont
  • 28. Athlete Leadership Program Governance Healthy Lifestyles Technology ATHLETE Input Council Athlete as Coach, Official or Volunteer 29 / Special Olympics Program Name Global Messenger Fundraising
  • 29. Families • SOVT Welcome brochure- overview of programs • SOVT Welcome folder- explanation of programs & offerings, area to insert additional information requested by new families or athletes • Family registration table at Summer Games, welcome & distinguish families, help families locate their competing athletes 30 / Special Olympics Program Name
  • 30. Fundraising Vermont 31
  • 31. Penguin Plunge • Largest fundraising event series • Raises nearly half of the annual operating budget • Attracts 1,500 Plungers, numerous sponsors, and hundreds of volunteers 32 / Special Olympics Program Name
  • 32. Grassroots Variety of Community based events that raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Vermont SOVT is entering its third year as an official Miles for a Mission partner of Run Vermont for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay 33 / Special Olympics Vermont
  • 33. BOD Golf Tournament In July each year, the Board of Director’s host their annual fundraising golf tournament. This event includes: - 18 Holes of Golf BBQ lunch SOVT athletes playing and leading contests Silent Auction Raises $15,000+ 34 / Special Olympics Vermont
  • 34. LETR – An International Partnership The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement. It is the largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics world-wide. Since its inception in 1981, the LETR has grown extensively with more than 142,000 volunteers spanning 48 countries, and raising more than $414 million for the Special Olympics movement. Fundraising is only part of what the officers involved with the initiative give to the movement. Our athletes say law enforcement officers are truly supportive of the cause – extending to them friendship, acceptance and encouragement. 35 / Special Olympics Program Name
  • 35. Thank you. Vermont 36