Even if you have never been to a Special Olympics event, you know the positive impact it has on the lives of the athletes and their loved ones. It is indescribable and hard to put into words that do it justice. You just know.
It is because of this positive impact on not only those who have participated, but those who will, that we work to support and grow the Special Olympics. It has been reported that the President’s 2020 budget eliminated Special Olympics funding, currently $18 million/year (update: On 3/28, the President told reporters he would ensure the bill he signs funds the Special Olympics). We want to ensure that the Special Olympics is not only able to serve the 5 million athletes who compete worldwide, but that it can serve the millions more who can and will compete. Working to allow even more athletes to participate is our goal, and we need your help.
Even though we just said it is hard to put into words the impact of the Special Olympics, we are asking that you do just that. Will you share your story about how the Special Olympics improved your life and the lives of your loved ones? We will share these stories in our advocacy efforts. It is your stories that will have the most impact on moving the needle.
Providing your name and address will help us localize the stories to each member of Congress. We won’t share your full name publicly.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Dan Whiting, NFXF Director, Community Impact, at firstname.lastname@example.org.