The Issue: Limited Opportunities for Athletes with Disabilities
Though many professional athletic events cannot accommodate people of all abilities, the Special Olympics is open to athletes with intellectual disabilities, providing them with opportunities to demonstrate their skills in sporting events. Every two years since 1968, athletes from more than 100 nations have gathered to compete in the Special Olympics World Games. In 2013, South Korea will host the Winter Games, where competitions in sports such as alpine skiing, snowshoeing, and floor hockey celebrate athletic achievement. Four competitors from Virginia are set to attend the games, which are free for athletes.
The Campaign: Flying an Athlete to the Winter Games
If 50 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Special Olympics Virginia can purchase a plane ticket for one athlete with intellectual disabilities to compete in the World Winter Games in South Korea. The games take place from January 29 to February 5, spotlighting athletes from around the world as they compete in sports such as snowboarding and figure skating. Four athletes will represent Virginia as a part of Team USA. Each additional $10 raised will go toward funding flights for the other three athletes.
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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.