The State of California stopped funding Special Olympics California programs. Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) depended on this funding to help our athletes through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. We need your support now more than ever!
During this pandemic, we must continue to support children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The intellectual disabilities community needs Special Olympics!
Higher rates of chronic health conditions put people with intellectual disabilities at a higher risk of severe illness and poorer outcomes from COVID-19. Special Olympics Northern California supports this vulnerable population through health initiatives, fitness activities, sports programs, and distance learning curriculum for educators and students.
By sponsoring an athlete, you will help SONC fund the immediate needs of Special Olympics athletes throughout the health crisis. Your sponsorship will help us deliver programming, equipment, and health-related items, including:
Please Sponsor an Athlete today to help Special Olympics improve the health and fitness of the intellectual disabilities community.
Special Olympics offers free year-round sports training and competition opportunities for athletes of all abilities. Special Olympics Northern California serves more than 26,000 athletes who compete in 14-different sports.
Students of all abilities have the power to enhance their school communities by promoting social inclusion. Special Olympics Unified Schools empowers youth and educators to be leaders of change. Special Olympics Northern California programs are in more than 600 schools and impact more than 136,000 students.
Individuals with ID deserve the same access to proper healthcare as anyone else. Special Olympics is a leader in inclusive health by offering free health screenings, resources, and equipment to athletes while working with healthcare providers to raise awareness about the specific needs of the ID community. Special Olympics Northern California provided more than 1,000 free health screenings last year and helped educate 400 health professionals.