The Knights of Columbus believe that Special Olympics programs are nearly unparalleled in their ability to show the worth and dignity of every single human being. Special Olympics programs do not 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.
The State Council Special Olympics Program is a balance between volunteerism and charity.
Volunteerism: The moto of the Knights of Columbus is “In Service to One – In Service to All” To volunteer at a Special Olympics Event is one of the most rewarding thing a person can do. These opportunities are open to everyone – Knights, their families, Councils and even potential Knights and their families. Do it, and it will change your life! The best place to find current information on upcoming events is your area’s website. For Northern Cal the site is www.sonc.org/ and for Southern Cal the site is www.sosc.org/. For information on getting involved with your local Special Olympics organizations, please contact your State Committeemen or Special Olympics for more information.
Charity: Charity is the first principle of our Order. Raising funds to support Special Olympics is one of the featured programs in California. Since the largest supporter of people with Intellectual Disabilities is Special Olympics and the largest program in California is the Campaign to Support People with Intellectual Disabilities, it only makes sense for Councils to do their Special Olympics charity work by active participation in the Annual Intellectual Disabilities Drive. See the Campaign to Support People with Intellectual Disabilities for specific information.
California State Chairman