Ever wonder the power of sports? Special Olympics impacts the lives of over 4.9 million athletes in over 172 countries worldwide (Special Olympics, 2017). Special Olympics helps people with intellectual disabilities overcome challenges through sports. To get involved locally Orange County has an upcoming basketball competition on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Here are 3 ways to support Special Olympics.
Donations help athletes obtain healthcare and experience the fun of participating in sports. You can make a donation through the Special Olympics website either monthly or a one time donation. Any amount makes a difference!
Volunteers could include photographers to photograph the events, people involved in health-care to provide free health examinations, or individuals interested in becoming a coach or official. The youth can also become involved in volunteering. There are many ways for students in high school or college to volunteer for events, become a coach, or be a fan.
Team sports bring people together. Special Olympics Unified Sports teams help to achieve that. People with and without intellectual disabilities participate in Unified Sports. This helps to break down stereotypes in an engaging way.
Special Olympics, through the power of sports, helps people with intellectual disabilities to discover new strengths. Special Olympics needs support to continue their mission and goals.
If you are interested in supporting Special Olympics please visit their website at Special Olympics to find local offices near you.
KHJ media is actively supporting a local organization called OCA. The video above provides information on how to volunteer at OCA
OCA – is a non profit organization located in Central Florida. OCA’s goal is to provide a great and accommodating place for people affected by autism. OCA has many events each year from participating in the special olympics to holding local fundraisers right here in Central Florida. If you are passionate about helping out the community, in particular OCA, there are hundreds of volunteer opportunities to participate in with OCA.
Special Events you are able to volunteer for within OCA consist of the annual ‘Last Day of Freedom’ Fundraiser at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market or their annual OCA Bowl-a-Thon at Aloma Bowl in Winter Park, Florida. OCA’s ‘Last Day of Freedom’ Fundraiser is in May and the Bowl-a-Thon is in October.
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder and costs a family $60,000 a year on average.
OCA – an organization based out of Central Florida – is a non-profit whose efforts focus on benefiting the lives of those affected by autism. KHJ media sat down with the executive director, Silvia Haas, and in asking how exactly we can best support OCA she had a simple answer.
The main problem OCA faces is a lack of hands on deck. Finding willing and capable volunteers has been a problem Sylvia has attempted to tackle for years now, however her efforts have fallen short. She shared with us that the best way to support this special company is by increasing the number of staff and volunteers.
In navigating OCA’s website homepage, one is able to register to become a volunteer as well as view what exactly is required in taking on such a crucial responsibility. OCA has done an amazing job in the short time they have existed, and your help will provide for expansion and further improvement of the lives of the autistic community of Central Florida.