Special Olympics at UGA is a nonprofit that serves individuals in the Athens-Clarke County community through direct hands-on service as well as fundraising. On a weekly basis we have adaptive PE classes at the ACC schools and gymnastics and basketball practices to prepare the athletes for the winter games. A couple of our big events each year include prom, baseball, and an Easter egg hunt. We also do monthly social groups with adults who have graduated out of the school system, and we put on events such as movie nights and cookouts. All fundraising profits go directly towards Athens-Clarke County to help pay for equipment, transportation, and registration so we can send our athletes to the State Games. Thank you so much for your support!
Message from Cory-Lynn:
I am so pumped and blessed to be a part of this organization. I know I post so many events and so many fundraising opportunities, but its important for me to share my why.
In 2015, I founded a Best Buddies chapter at Jackson High School. Through this chapter I learned the importance of inclusion, the importance of friendship, and the importance of love towards people of all abilities. I went and participated in flag football games, helped host a Secret Santa party, and helped assist in a Valentine’s Day Dance. I loved working with all the students and I found a passion for working with people of all abilities. I found myself wanting to know their stories, their interests, and I wanted to better understand their feelings. But, most importantly I witnessed the spark when people interacted with these students, the laughs, and the happiness, and it’s something that truly touched me.
Fast forward, I transferred to UGA and knew I still wanted to work with people of all abilities, I wanted to find an organization that helped create those sparks, those friendships, and focused on inclusivity. Special Olympics at UGA does just that. We host social groups once a month to spend time with individuals who have graduated out of the program, we do dance performances prior to UGA Gymnastic meets, we go canning, and we promote inclusivivity in every way we know how. This organization is sincerely an organization that sets my soul on fire and one that I love so incredibly much and I would love for your help in meeting our fundraising goal whether it’s through sharing this post or donating, every action helps.
Thank you all so much, and as always Go Dawgs!