Since 1968, the Knights of Columbus has raised and donated more than $600 million to programs for people with intellectual and physical disabilities – Special Olympics ranks among the larger gifts the Order makes annually of time and money.
In 2005, the Knights of Columbus announced a partnership with Special Olympics; committing $1 million over four years to grow the program in North America in addition to pledging increased volunteer support for state and local games. The Order also pledged to work with Special Olympics North America to expand its program to underserved countries. The Knights of Columbus has subsequently extended that commitment through 2016.
The Knights of Columbus commitment to Special Olympics and to hundreds of grassroots programs for people with intellectual and physical disabilities is an expression of our belief in the intrinsic worth of every human being.
The Knights of Columbus believe that Special Olympics are nearly unparalleled in their ability to show the worth and dignity of every single human being. Special Olympics programs doesn’t just build strength and character in the athletes and participants; it only takes a few moments with the competitors to be inspired by the force of their determination, and the true sense of God’s love.
Self-esteem is an important human characteristic. All people have self-esteem, and having healthy or positive self-esteem is really important. It can help you hold your head high and feel proud of yourself and what you can do, even when things don’t seem to be going so well. Self-esteem gives you the courage to try new things and the power to believe in yourself.
This human characteristic is even more important with children, especially those with intellectual disabilities. This year’s Special Olympic program focus on support and expanding programs focused on developing healthy and positive self-esteem for K-12 students with disabilities. We have chosen to encourage council to raise funds to support School Partnership Programs throughout California that are operated by Special Olympics.
The Special Olympics Southern & Northern California School Partnership Programs are a unique education program in K-12 schools that encourage inclusion, sports training and competition, and leadership among students. It promotes inclusion and whole-school involvement activities providing students with the knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to create and sustain school communities that embrace inclusion, acceptance, and respect for all students. It helps build a positive self esteem leading to independence.
READ MORE ABOUT THE SCHOOL PROGRAM AND SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Council Report Form and donation form are on the Program CD that was sent to all Grand Knights.
For information on getting involved with your local Special Olympics organizations, please contact your State Committeemen or Special Olympics for more information.
Special Olympics Southern California 6730 East Carson Street Long Beach, CA Phone: (562) 354-2600
Special Olympics Northern California 3480 Buskirk Ave., #340 Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (925)944-8801
Web Site: http://www.sosc.org/ http://www.sonc.org/