If you’ve just landed on our blog for the first time, let me say welcome! This month, Special Olympics Florida is proud to launch our newly redesigned website and blog. In addition to debuting our refreshed look, we are excited to offer you other updated features, like a robust calendar of events and competition, easier access to information from our 51 county programs and, of course, more stories and photos featuring the heart of our organization – our athletes.
Our look may have changed, yet our mission remains focused: to provide year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.
While athletes are at the heart of our organization, volunteers are its backbone and allow Special Olympics Florida to flourish. Realizing this tremendous growth would have been impossible without the help of our more than 17,000 volunteers, who coach, mentor and offer their friendship to our athletes.
In 2013 Special Olympics Florida saw growth in many areas. Not only do we serve a record 25,000 athletes across the state, but we continue to expand our competitive and training opportunities, including hosting successful Stand Up Paddle and Surfing Invitationals — both of which saw record attendance. New ground was also broken when we established our nation’s first Healthy Community site in Hollywood, Florida providing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities integrated health care, including primary health care screenings, at no cost.
The combined support and passion of our volunteers, community partners and sponsors continues to ignite our movement. With a focus on the future, Special Olympics Florida strives to foster quality athlete experiences, reinforcing our commitment to sportsmanship, health, athlete leadership, and unity. Together, we build champions.