The Issue: Physical Activity for People with Disabilities
The Special Olympics 2014 USA Games serves as a motivator for people with disabilities to stay focused and active in sports training. There, participants are given a chance to display their athletic prowess and compete against peers from across the nation, with a focus on improving participants' self-esteem, feelings of accomplishment and belonging, and developing relationships.
The Campaign: Sending Athletes to the Special Olympics USA Games
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Special Olympics Illinois to sponsor athletes for the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games. For every $1,000 raised, Special Olympics Illinois can send one athlete from Illinois to the event.
This year, 3,500 athletes will travel to New Jersey for the 2014 USA Games and compete in front of a crowd of 70,000 people. As part of this campaign, athletes will receive round-trip airfare, a hotel stay, meals, training, a uniform, and trading pins, so that everything is free during the week-long event. The athletes can compete in 16 different sports at venues across the region including Princeton University and a Jersey Shore-themed Olympic town. They can also take part in opening and closing ceremonies and a boat cruise to see the Statue of Liberty.
Special Olympics Illinois
As part of its efforts to address misconceptions and boost physical fitness and self-esteem, Special Olympics Illinois offers year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Continued opportunities to participate in Olympic-type sports, such as gymnastics and soccer, help these athletes experience personal growth and friendship as they share their skills with families, other Special Olympics athletes, and their community. Throughout Illinois today, more than 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities train and compete through Special Olympics.