Every month here on our blog, we'll be highlighting one of our non-profit partnerships. This month, learn a little more about the Special Olympics.
“Through the power of sport, Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion for all people.” That was the mission of Special Olympics in 1968 when the program was created and remains the organization’s goal over 40 years later.
Special Olympics provides year-round athletic opportunities and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities of different levels. Participants are able to experience physical activity and training; teamwork and camaraderie; and the joy that comes with competing and training with their friends, families, and coaches. Athletes of different abilities and disabilities are able to come together and celebrate their dedication and success, on the field and off.
Eat’n Park is a proud sponsor of the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania through financial support, Cookie Cruiser appearances, and many Smiley Cookie donations for tired athletes! You’ll also find Smiley Cookies at events in West Virginia and Ohio, too. Many Eat’n Park team members dedicate their own time and energy to volunteer at events or coach a Special Olympics team. The spirit of giving of thousands of volunteers has made Special Olympics as successful as it is.
As the world prepares for the Summer Olympic Games in London, thousands of athletes in over 200 countries will be competing in their own summer Olympic Games, closer to home. Races will be run, games will be won, gold medals will be awarded, and the smiles will be abundant.
You can learn more about Special Olympics, including how to get involved and donate at http://www.specialolympics.org./