The Issue: Sports Often Inaccessible for People with Disabilities
Though many professional athletic events cannot accommodate people of all abilities, the Special Olympics is open to those with disabilities and provides opportunities for them to demonstrate their skills in sporting events.
The Campaign: Sponsor an Athlete in the Special Olympics
If this Grassroots campaign raises $150, then Special Olympics Virginia can sponsor one athlete to compete in its summer games, held in Richmond on June 8–9. Sponsorship includes travel, lodging, training, meals, and equipment for the athletes. Each additional $150 raised will fund participation for another athlete in the games. The weekend will feature competitions in six sports including power lifting, softball, track and field, swimming, tennis, and bowling.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Special Olympics Virginia
Special Olympics Virginia (SOVA) creates opportunities for people with physical and intellectual disabilities to participate in sports training and athletic competition. Through its annual events, athletes get the chance to discover new strengths and demonstrate their abilities for their peers. SOVA was incorporated in 1975 and held its first summer games at Virginia Tech. Today, it runs state championships in 13 Olympic-style sports including basketball and power lifiting, with more than 10,000 athletes participating every year. The games also invite people without disabilities to serve as volunteers or audience members to foster a sense of common understanding, self-discovery, and community. To ensure accessibility for everyone, Special Olympics Virginia never charges the athletes or their families for participation.