Special Olympics Florida

Manatee County

Did You Know

  • Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults 8 years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Our athletes are also invited to participate in Athlete Leadership and Healthy Athletes programs.
  • We currently offer 13 sports.
  • We serve 238 athletes throughout Manatee County.
  • Over 120 people from our community give their time to volunteer each year.

You’re Invited



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We would like to welcome Ash Ghaffari to our program as the new County Director, and THANK Sue Fitzgerald for all the hard work she has done for the past 10 years.  Ash has nearly 20 years experience in sports management, wellness, leadership and consulting, and brings a supportive and dynamic leadership style to Special Olympics Florida – Manatee County.

Prior to joining our program, Ash spent over 16 years with the prestigious IMG Academy serving in a variety of leadership roles with increasing responsibilities. Ash worked as the Mentor for the U-17 US Men’s National Soccer Team, Operations Manager, and served six years on the Executive Leadership Team as the Director of Student Services and Director of Achievement at IMG Academy.

Ash is a graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences with specializations in Sports Management and Exercise Physiology.

Thank you Sponsors

We would like to give a BIG THANKS to the Fraternal Order of Eagles 4424 for their continuous support of our program. Our athletes really appreciate you!

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Donate to Special Olympics Florida – Manatee County

Our program is made possible through the generosity of local individuals, civic clubs, businesses and corporations. Our athletes participate in our program at no cost; therefore, without volunteers and donations, the program would not exist.

We accept donations in the form of cash or checks; or items such as water, food, transportation, office supplies, and equipment or shoes for our athletes.

If you would like to make a donation, please contact us or send to:

Special Olympics Florida
1915 Don Wickham Drive
Clermont, FL 34711

Be sure to include “Manatee County” on the memo line. Your generous donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your continuous support.