Special Olympics Washington
Special Olympics USA Summer Games are coming to UW!
Special Olympics Washington provides year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Athletes have continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Special Olympics Washington Reach
- 17,000 Special Olympics Washington athletes
- 19 Olympic-type sports
- 10,000 coaches, volunteers & unified partners
The goal is to raise $2018 per each Washington state athlete to train and compete for the 2018 USA Summer Games. Learn how you can support our athletes!
Team Washington Facts
- 278 Washington State athletes
- 20 coaches/delegation
- 15 sports to train and compete
- $2018 per person to train and compete in the 2018 USA Games
- $750,000 dollars needed to fund all of Team Washington
- One amazing journey for Special Olympics Washington and the community
The Power of Sports
At Special Olympics, we believe that sports can teach us all important lessons. When we train and strive for a goal, it teaches us to dream. When we struggle, it teaches us determination. When we win, we find joy. And if we lose, we can find the strength to try again.
Our sports events bring together a large and inclusive community of athletes, supporters and families, coaches, volunteers and many others. The athletes are at the center of it all. They become the heroes — to the shared joy of themselves, their families, and their communities. These events help us all rediscover the purity of sports – and real athletic pursuits — based on true Olympic ideals.
Special Olympics training and competitions are empowering because our athletes prove what they can do. This inspires them to achieve even more, both in sports and in life. At each Special Olympics event, everyone can see and experience the purity of sports and true athletic success.
Our athletes are pushing hard for goals some people can’t imagine, against obstacles few have had to face. Their drive to succeed comes from deep inside — it comes from the heart.
For more information about Special Olympics Washington, visit their website.
Molly Anderson’s Special Olympics Washington career began 16 years ago. Her first sport was softball through Eastside Catholic. She discovered her true love, downhill skiing the next year and, in a few short years, she was ready for the Skihawks Racing Team. Molly then played soccer for Mercer Island.
In the last couple of years, she has enjoyed bocce and ballroom dancing. Special Olympics Washington has given Molly the confidence to try many new things and share her experience with great friends and coaches.
The UW Combined Fund Drive is proud to partner with Special Olympics Washington and bring its message to the University of Washington as our 2017 featured charity.