Over the past few years, we have had some incredible accomplishments. We owe our supporters, our volunteers, our sponsors for helping create ‘Good Times for a Great Cause.’ We are proud of the support we have been able to give to the following wonderful charities.
Special Olympics Florida is truly an amazing organization. Interested in learning more about them?
Check out these facts:
The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, at no cost to the athlete or their caregiver, as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem, socialization skills, and the life skills necessary to be a productive, respected and contributing members of their communities.
200 million people have an intellectual disability, making it the largest disability group worldwide.
Special Olympics serves over 3.5 million people in more than 180 countries.
Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world.
Special Olympics Florida was founded in 1972, and currently serves 15,000 athletes who train and compete year-round, in 20 different team and individual sports of their choice.
Athletes can begin participation 2 years old and there is no upper age limit – there are athletes in their 80′s competing!
There is never a fee to the athlete, or their families, for participation, so that no one is left on the side lines due to financial factors.
On any given day of the year, there is an average of 121 Special Olympics events being held around the world.
Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy, and the first International Special Olympics Games were held at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1968.
- Special Olympics has a program called Unified Sports® where athletes with and without (called Partners) intellectual disabilities play together on the same teams. There are over 130,000 Unified Sports athletes around the world and over 196,000 Partners now engaged in Unified Sports.
Known since 1997 as the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida, this local organization is now embracing a new name and look with an expanded mission. A long-time advocate for women’s and girls’ gynecologic health, the organization has added breast cancer and its connections to gynecologic cancers as a part of its ongoing mission, to Ignite the Fight Against Women’s and Girls’ Cancers.
Educating women and girls on their personal health means more than just focusing on what is on the bottom-half of their bodies. Breast cancer is strongly linked to gynecologic cancers, and cancer education must include the facts and risk factors of this connection in order to create a community of well-informed and empowered women. For more information on Women’s and Girls’ Cancer Alliance, please visit www.ocaf.org/
The International Prostate Cancer Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the eradication of prostate cancer. It was founded with a multifaceted mission to explore the disease in an attempt to prevent this disease prior to its inception and to help cure those afflicted with it. An additional goal of our foundation is early detection via education to improve compliance in yearly screening. For more information on The International Prostate Cancer Foundation, visit them at: http://www.fightingprostatecancer.com/
Founded in 1915, Kiwanis (www.kiwanis.org) is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time by volunteering to support charities that help kids. Kiwanis and its service leadership programs, like Key Club for high school students, annually dedicate more than 19 million volunteer hours and invest $100 million to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis family includes 600,000 adult and youth members and 15,000 clubs in 90 countries.
To honor and empower Wounded Warriors.
The Wounded Warrior Project main purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, help injured service members aid and assist each other and provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, please visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
Central Florida Navy League is dedicated to the support of the Central Florida Sea Services – Past, Present and Future. CFNL strives to promote awareness of the military’s sacrifice for our nation; advocate greater participation in supporting our troops and veterans and by doing so strengthen the nation’s commitment towards our military services. For more information on Central Florida Navy League, please visit www.cfnavyleague.org
Imagine trying to write without a pencil, color without a crayon, or carry school books without a backpack. For nearly 180,000 students in Central Florida, this is a reality every day. An award-winning nonprofit organization, A Gift For Teaching works to fill in this gap by collecting surplus supplies from local businesses and individuals and then distributes them to students in need through the Free Store for teachers. Volunteer opportunities are available for everything from store clerks, retail merchandisers, and shopping assistants to event planners and office assistants. Since 1998, A Gift For Teaching has distributed more than $70 million worth of learning tools to ensure equal education for all children. For more information on A Gift For Teaching, please visit www.agiftforteaching.org