Special Olympics Florida, Inc.

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Mission

The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them 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. Our mission is the core of our work.  Initially starting in Florida in 1972, we established our sports programs throughout the state, built an incredible infrastructure with county staff aided by talented volunteers, we then brought on our Health Programs in 1996.   Special Olympics Florida created programs for our non-competitive program participants and for athletes who have aged out of sports and wanted to improve skill development, social interaction, employment seeking, coping skills, and healthy lifestyles, to name a few.  This development has evolved into incorporating new programs such as:  Global Messenger, Athlete Leadership and Family Action Network as well as school based campaigns such as the R Word Campaign, Inclusion Revolution, SO into it, Fit 5, Healthy Kids at Play, Cool Schools, and Unified Sports in Colleges. We are strong advocates for inclusion and are broadening our outreach and capacity to streamline our resources, programs and services to reach our goal of serving 60,000 athletes by the year 2020, by securing necessary funding and volunteer support.

Ruling year info

1972

President & CEO

Mrs Sherry Wheelock

Main address

1915 Don Wickham Drive

Clermont, FL 34711 USA

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Formerly known as

Florida Special Olympics

EIN

23-7181560

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Special Olympics (N72)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Sports Training and Competition

Through year-round sports training and competition, Special Olympics builds self-esteem, fosters courage and teaches valuable lessons about striving, winning, losing and trying again. A Yale University study found that athletes participating in Special Olympics benefit from: - Improved physical fitness and sports skills - Enhanced self-confidence and social competency - Greater readiness for employment - Better preparation for independent living - Increased ability to make personal decisions - Improved friendship and family relationships - 51,424 athletes and their families are discovering          that a bright future lies ahead.   Goal: To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports to all children and adults with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate.  

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Healthy Athletes®   The mission of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®, developed in 1996 by Special Olympics International, is to improve athletes’ ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. Healthy Athletes is designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness, leading to enhanced sports experience and improved well-being.   Healthy Athletes offers screenings in eight disciplines, including Fit Feet, FUNfitness (Physical Therapy), Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Opening Eyes®, Special Smiles®, MedFest® and Strong Minds.   Objectives: - To improve access and health care for Special Olympics athletes at event-based    health screenings - To make referrals to local health practitioners when appropriate - To train healthcare professionals and students in the health professions about the    needs and care of people with intellectual disabilities - To collect, analyze and disseminate data on the health status and needs of people    with intellectual disabilities - To advocate for improved health policies and programs for persons with intellectual    disabilities.   Goal:   - To offer screenings at all major state competitions and all 11 area competitions.     Screenings are best served when it is closer to the athlete’s home so a local referral    can be made.   -  Florida needs a minimum of 6 volunteer clinical directors for each discipline. We    could do many more screenings if we had more clinical directors to oversee clinics    in their geographic locations!   -  If you are a medical professional or affiliated with a medical facility or    medical/dental training institution and would like to assist with the Healthy Athletes    program, please contact us today!   Who is a Clinical Director? Licensed professional Proven interest of service Member of or active in local/state/national professional organization Geographic accessibility to program activities Demonstrated leadership abilities Volunteer commitment of 3 years for Program Clinical Director   Role of Clinical Director Attend a one day Train-the-Trainer workshop, followed by a practical experience the next day at a Special Olympics Florida competition (Friday and Saturday activity) Recruit/train volunteers for venue Work with a group of state or regional clinical advisors and Special Olympics Florida staff to develop or locate appropriate education materials, equipment and supplies needed for an event Responsible for working with state or county Special Olympics Florida program leaders Supervise the venue Recruit computer savvy volunteers to enter exam data onsite Report data to Special Olympics Florida Evaluate event Continue to seek opportunities and partnerships for Healthy Athletes activitiesHealthy Athletes®   The mission of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®, developed in 1996 by Special Olympics International, is to improve athletes’ ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. Healthy Athletes is designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness, leading to enhanced sports experience and improved well-being.   Healthy Athletes offers screenings in eight disciplines, including Fit Feet, FUNfitness (Physical Therapy), Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Opening Eyes®, Special Smiles®, MedFest® and Strong Minds.   Objectives: - To improve access and health care for Special Olympics athletes at event-based    health screenings - To make referrals to local health practitioners when appropriate - To train healthcare professionals and students in the health professions about the    needs and care of people with intellectual disabilities - To collect, analyze and disseminate data on the health status and needs of people    with intellectual disabilities - To advocate for improved health policies and programs for persons with intellectual    disabilities.   Goal:   - To offer screenings at all major state competitions and all 11 area competitions.     Screenings are best served when it is closer to the athlete’s home so a local referral    can be made.   -  Florida needs a minimum of 6 volunteer clinical directors for each discipline. We    could do many more screenings if we had more clinical directors to oversee clinics    in their geographic locations!   -  If you are a medical professional or affiliated with a medical facility or    medical/dental training institution and would like to assist with the Healthy Athletes    program, please contact us today!   Who is a Clinical Director? Licensed professional Proven interest of service Member of or active in local/state/national professional organization Geographic accessibility to program activities Demonstrated leadership abilities Volunteer commitment of 3 years for Program Clinical Director   Role of Clinical Director Attend a one day Train-the-Trainer workshop, followed by a practical experience the next day at a Special Olympics Florida competition (Friday and Saturday activity) Recruit/train volunteers for venue Work with a group of state or regional clinical advisors and Special Olympics Florida staff to develop or locate appropriate education materials, equipment and supplies needed for an event Responsible for working with state or county Special Olympics Florida program leaders Supervise the venue Recruit computer savvy volunteers to enter exam data onsite Report data to Special Olympics Florida Evaluate event Continue to seek opportunities and partnerships for Healthy Athletes activitiesHealthy Athletes®   The mission of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®, developed in 1996 by Special Olympics International, is to improve athletes’ ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. Healthy Athletes is designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness, leading to enhanced sports experience and improved well-being.   Healthy Athletes offers screenings in eight disciplines, including Fit Feet, FUNfitness (Physical Therapy), Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Opening Eyes®, Special Smiles®, MedFest® and Strong Minds.   Objectives: - To improve access and health care for Special Olympics athletes at event-based    health screenings - To make referrals to local health practitioners when appropriate - To train healthcare professionals and students in the health professions about the    needs and care of people with intellectual disabilities - To collect, analyze and disseminate data on the health status and needs of people    with intellectual disabilities - To advocate for improved health policies and programs for persons with intellectual    disabilities.   Goal:   - To offer screenings at all major state competitions and all 11 area competitions.     Screenings are best served when it is closer to the athlete’s home so a local referral    can be made.   -  Florida needs a minimum of 6 volunteer clinical directors for each discipline. We    could do many more screenings if we had more clinical directors to oversee clinics    in their geographic locations!   -  If you are a medical professional or affiliated with a medical facility or    medical/dental training institution and would like to assist with the Healthy Athletes    program, please contact us today!   Who is a Clinical Director? Licensed professional Proven interest of service Member of or active in local/state/national professional organization Geographic accessibility to program activities Demonstrated leadership abilities Volunteer commitment of 3 years for Program Clinical Director   Role of Clinical Director Attend a one day Train-the-Trainer workshop, followed by a practical experience the next day at a Special Olympics Florida competition (Friday and Saturday activity) Recruit/train volunteers for venue Work with a group of state or regional clinical advisors and Special Olympics Florida staff to develop or locate appropriate education materials, equipment and supplies needed for an event Responsible for working with state or county Special Olympics Florida program leaders Supervise the venue Recruit computer savvy volunteers to enter exam data onsite Report data to Special Olympics Florida Evaluate event Continue to seek opportunities and partnerships for Healthy Athletes activitiesHealthy Athletes®   The mission of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®, developed in 1996 by Special Olympics International, is to improve athletes’ ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. Healthy Athletes is designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness, leading to enhanced sports experience and improved well-being.   Healthy Athletes offers screenings in eight disciplines, including Fit Feet, FUNfitness (Physical Therapy), Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Opening Eyes®, Special Smiles®, MedFest® and Strong Minds.   Objectives: - To improve access and health care for Special Olympics athletes at event-based    health screenings - To make referrals to local health practitioners when appropriate - To train healthcare professionals and students in the health professions about the    needs and care of people with intellectual disabilities - To collect, analyze and disseminate data on the health status and needs of people    with intellectual disabilities - To advocate for improved health policies and programs for persons with intellectual    disabilities.   Goal:   - To offer screenings at all major state competitions and all 11 area competitions.     Screenings are best served when it is closer to the athlete’s home so a local referral    can be made.   -  Florida needs a minimum of 6 volunteer clinical directors for each discipline. We    could do many more screenings if we had more clinical directors to oversee clinics    in their geographic locations!   -  If you are a medical professional or affiliated with a medical facility or    medical/dental training institution and would like to assist with the Healthy Athletes    program, please contact us today!   Who is a Clinical Director? Licensed professional Proven interest of service Member of or active in local/state/national professional organization Geographic accessibility to program activities Demonstrated leadership abilities Volunteer commitment of 3 years for Program Clinical Director   Role of Clinical Director Attend a one day Train-the-Trainer workshop, followed by a practical experience the next day at a Special Olympics Florida competition (Friday and Saturday activity) Recruit/train volunteers for venue Work with a group of state or regional clinical advisors and Special Olympics Florida staff to develop or locate appropriate education materials, equipment and supplies needed for an event Responsible for working with state or county Special Olympics Florida program leaders Supervise the venue Recruit computer savvy volunteers to enter exam data onsite Report data to Special Olympics Florida Evaluate event Continue to seek opportunities and partnerships for Healthy Athletes activities--> Healthy Athletes®   The mission of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®, developed in 1996 by Special Olympics International, is to improve athletes’ ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. Healthy Athletes is designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness, leading to enhanced sports experience and improved well-being.   Healthy Athletes offers screenings in eight disciplines, including Fit Feet, FUNfitness (Physical Therapy), Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Opening Eyes®, Special Smiles®, MedFest® and Strong Minds.   Objectives: - To improve access and health care for Special Olympics athletes at event-based    health screenings - To make referrals to local health practitioners when appropriate - To train healthcare professionals and students in the health professions about the    needs and care of people with intellectual disabilities - To collect, analyze and disseminate data on the health status and needs of people    with intellectual disabilities - To advocate for improved health policies and programs for persons with intellectual    disabilities.   Goal:   - To offer screenings at all major state competitions and all 11 area competitions.     Screenings are best served when it is closer to the athlete’s home so a local referral    can be made.   -  Florida needs a minimum of 6 volunteer clinical directors for each discipline. We    could do many more screenings if we had more clinical directors to oversee clinics    in their geographic locations!   -  If you are a medical professional or affiliated with a medical facility or    medical/dental training institution and would like to assist with the Healthy Athletes    program, please contact us today!   Who is a Clinical Director? Licensed professional Proven interest of service Member of or active in local/state/national professional organization Geographic accessibility to program activities Demonstrated leadership abilities Volunteer commitment of 3 years for Program Clinical Director   Role of Clinical Director Attend a one day Train-the-Trainer workshop, followed by a practical experience the next day at a Special Olympics Florida competition (Friday and Saturday activity) Recruit/train volunteers for venue Work with a group of state or regional clinical advisors and Special Olympics Florida staff to develop or locate appropriate education materials, equipment and supplies needed for an event Responsible for working with state or county Special Olympics Florida program leaders Supervise the venue Recruit computer savvy volunteers to enter exam data onsite Report data to Special Olympics Florida Evaluate event Continue to seek opportunities and partnerships for Healthy Athletes activities--> Healthy Athletes®   The mission of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®, developed in 1996 by Special Olympics International, is to improve athletes’ ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. Healthy Athletes is designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness, leading to enhanced sports experience and improved well-being.   Healthy Athletes offers screenings in eight disciplines, including Fit Feet, FUNfitness (Physical Therapy), Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Opening Eyes®, Special Smiles®, MedFest® and Strong Minds.   Objectives: - To improve access and health care for Special Olympics athletes at event-based    health screenings - To make referrals to local health practitioners when appropriate - To train healthcare professionals and students in the health professions about the    needs and care of people with intellectual disabilities - To collect, analyze and disseminate data on the health status and needs of people    with intellectual disabilities - To advocate for improved health policies and programs for persons with intellectual    disabilities.   Goal:   - To offer screenings at all major state competitions and all 11 area competitions.     Screenings are best served when it is closer to the athlete’s home so a local referral    can be made.   -  Florida needs a minimum of 6 volunteer clinical directors for each discipline. We    could do many more screenings if we had more clinical directors to oversee clinics    in their geographic locations!   -  If you are a medical professional or affiliated with a medical facility or    medical/dental training institution and would like to assist with the Healthy Athletes    program, please contact us today!   Who is a Clinical Director? Licensed professional Proven interest of service Member of or active in local/state/national professional organization Geographic accessibility to program activities Demonstrated leadership abilities Volunteer commitment of 3 years for Program Clinical Director   Role of Clinical Director Attend a one day Train-the-Trainer workshop, followed by a practical experience the next day at a Special Olympics Florida competition (Friday and Saturday activity) Recruit/train volunteers for venue Work with a group of state or regional clinical advisors and Special Olympics Florida staff to develop or locate appropriate education materials, equipment and supplies needed for an event Responsible for working with state or county Special Olympics Florida program leaders Supervise the venue Recruit computer savvy volunteers to enter exam data onsite Report data to Special Olympics Florida Evaluate event Continue to seek opportunities and partnerships for Healthy Athletes activities--> Healthy Athletes®   The mission of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®, developed in 1996 by Special Olympics International, is to improve athletes’ ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. Healthy Athletes is designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness, leading to enhanced sports experience and improved well-being.   Healthy Athletes offers screenings in eight disciplines, including Fit Feet, FUNfitness (Physical Therapy), Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Opening Eyes®, Special Smiles®, MedFest® and Strong Minds.   Objectives: - To improve access and health care for Special Olympics athletes at event-based    health screenings - To make referrals to local health practitioners when appropriate - To train healthcare professionals and students in the health professions about the    needs and care of people with intellectual disabilities - To collect, analyze and disseminate data on the health status and needs of people    with intellectual disabilities - To advocate for improved health policies and programs for persons with intellectual    disabilities.   Goal:   - To offer screenings at all major state competitions and all 11 area competitions.     Screenings are best served when it is closer to the athlete’s home so a local referral    can be made.   -  Florida needs a minimum of 6 volunteer clinical directors for each discipline. We    could do many more screenings if we had more clinical directors to oversee clinics    in their geographic locations!   -  If you are a medical professional or affiliated with a medical facility or    medical/dental training institution and would like to assist with the Healthy Athletes    program, please contact us today!   Who is a Clinical Director? Licensed professional Proven interest of service Member of or active in local/state/national professional organization Geographic accessibility to program activities Demonstrated leadership abilities Volunteer commitment of 3 years for Program Clinical Director   Role of Clinical Director Attend a one day Train-the-Trainer workshop, followed by a practical experience the next day at a Special Olympics Florida competition (Friday and Saturday activity) Recruit/train volunteers for venue Work with a group of state or regional clinical advisors and Special Olympics Florida staff to develop or locate appropriate education materials, equipment and supplies needed for an event Responsible for working with state or county Special Olympics Florida program leaders Supervise the venue Recruit computer savvy volunteers to enter exam data onsite Report data to Special Olympics Florida Evaluate event Continue to seek opportunities and partnerships for Healthy Athletes activities--> Healthy Athletes®   The mission of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®, developed in 1996 by Special Olympics International, is to improve athletes’ ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. Healthy Athletes is designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness, leading to enhanced sports experience and improved well-being.   Healthy Athletes offers screenings in eight disciplines, including Fit Feet, FUNfitness (Physical Therapy), Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Opening Eyes®, Special Smiles®, MedFest® and Strong Minds.   Objectives: - To improve access and health care for Special Olympics athletes at event-based    health screenings - To make referrals to local health practitioners when appropriate - To train healthcare professionals and students in the health professions about the    needs and care of people with intellectual disabilities - To collect, analyze and disseminate data on the health status and needs of people    with intellectual disabilities - To advocate for improved health policies and programs for persons with intellectual    disabilities.   Goal:   - To offer screenings at all major state competitions and all 11 area competitions.     Screenings are best served when it is closer to the athlete’s home so a local referral    can be made.   -  Florida needs a minimum of 6 volunteer clinical directors for each discipline. We    could do many more screenings if we had more clinical directors to oversee clinics    in their geographic locations!   -  If you are a medical professional or affiliated with a medical facility or    medical/dental training institution and would like to assist with the Healthy Athletes    program, please contact us today!   Who is a Clinical Director? Licensed professional Proven interest of service Member of or active in local/state/national professional organization Geographic accessibility to program activities Demonstrated leadership abilities Volunteer commitment of 3 years for Program Clinical Director   Role of Clinical Director Attend a one day Train-the-Trainer workshop, followed by a practical experience the next day at a Special Olympics Florida competition (Friday and Saturday activity) Recruit/train volunteers for venue Work with a group of state or regional clinical advisors and Special Olympics Florida staff to develop or locate appropriate education materials, equipment and supplies needed for an event Responsible for working with state or county Special Olympics Florida program leaders Supervise the venue Recruit computer savvy volunteers to enter exam data onsite Report data to Special Olympics Florida Evaluate event Continue to seek opportunities and partnerships for Healthy Athletes activities-->Healthy Athletes®   The mission of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®, developed in 1996 by Special Olympics International, is to improve athletes’ ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. Healthy Athletes is designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness, leading to enhanced sports experience and improved well-being. Healthy Athletes offers screenings in eight disciplines, including Fit Feet, FUNfitness (Physical Therapy), Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Opening Eyes®, Special Smiles®, MedFest® and Strong Minds. Objectives: - To improve access and health care for Special Olympics athletes at event-based health screenings - To make referrals to local health practitioners when appropriate - To train healthcare professionals and students in the health professions about the needs and care of people with intellectual disabilities - To collect, analyze and disseminate data on the health status and needs of people with intellectual disabilities - To advocate for improved health policies and programs for persons with intellectual disabilities.   Goal:   - To offer screenings at all major state competitions and all 11 area competitions.     Screenings are best served when it is closer to the athlete’s home so a local referral can be made. - Florida needs a minimum of 6 volunteer clinical directors for each discipline. We could do many more screenings if we had more clinical directors to oversee clinics in their geographic locations!  - If you are a medical professional or affiliated with a medical facility or medical/dental training institution and would like to assist with the Healthy Athletes program, please contact us today!  

Population(s) Served

Unified Champion Schools are based on the evidence that students who “play unified” become better at helping others, standing up for each other, and sharing responsibility. Through this initiative, schools and community environments become more welcoming to people of all abilities; 93% of teachers/school staff involved in the program believe it has created a more socially inclusive environment overall. Government is a critical partner in providing these crucial opportunities, which are complemented by private support, for people with intellectual disabilities in the United States. This support will allow Special Olympics Florida to create inclusive school climates in schools throughout the state of Florida. Young Athletes is an innovative sports play program for children ages 2-7 with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities and their peers, designed to introduce them into the world of sports. The benefits to this program have been proven worldwide. First and foremost, these activities will help the children improve physically, cognitively and socially. This program will also raise awareness of the Special Olympics program and serve as an introduction to the resources and support available within Special Olympics Florida to families, agencies, and schools. 

Population(s) Served

Little ELITES (Elementary Level Introduction To Entry-level Sports) is a sports program that bridges the gap between Special Olympics Young Athletes (ages 2-7) and competitive Special Olympics sports (ages 8+) concepts and models. The program is ideal for children in 2nd through 5th grade who have an intellectual disability (ID) or developmental disability (DD) diagnosis.  Special Olympics Florida offers an inclusionary sports play program for children who are between the ages of 2-7 called Young Athletes. We currently have 12,000 Young Athletes participants involved and the program is continuing to grow. As children age out of Young Athletes, there can be a lack of Special Olympics Florida sports opportunities for children who are in grades 2-5. This is where Little ELITES comes in! Through Little ELITES, children who age out of Young Athletes can continue to work on their skills in specific sport(s) through structured school-based means of participation and eventually compete within the community. Ultimately, the goal is to keep young children and their families engaged in the Special Olympics Florida support network for life. Schools can sign up for the following sports: Soccer, Athletics (Track and Field), Flag Football, and Basketball. Special Olympics Florida provides everything that is needed to run the program. This includes a training on the materials, full kits for each sport, a sports activity guide, and t-shirts and ribbons for a school-hosted Special Olympics Florida Little ELITES sports day!

Population(s) Served

The Motor Activity Training Program (MATP) is designed for those athletes with severe disabilities whose physical and/or behavioral limitations preclude participation in traditional Special Olympics team and individual sports competitions. The emphasis in MATP is on training and participation rather than competition. MATP seeks to improve the athlete’s basic motor skills in the following areas: dexterity, striking, kicking, manual wheelchair, electric wheelchair and aquatics.

Population(s) Served

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Our primary goals are: Quality: Deliver impactful sport, wellness and leadership activities to all participants in a safe environment. Awareness: Improve awareness of our programs, improving the perceptions of persons with an intellectual disability. Sustainability: Increase our cash donated funds, directing at least 80% to program services while maintaining a fun workplace. Growth: Create opportunities for Floridians to participate in one or more sport, wellness or leadership activity. Serve 60,000 healthy athletes using 34,000 volunteers through fundraising that generates $16m+ supporting cash revenue by the year 2020.

As stated in our goals, our vision is to create a community where everyone has the lifelong opportunity to develop physically, emotionally, and socially through sports, wellness and leadership training. We will enhance current standards and models for sports, health, community and educational events by: increasing staff and volunteer knowledge of all available programs and expected levels of implementation or execution. Ensure consistency and reinforcement of standards for local programs. Develop and implement a quality VIP family engagement program at competitions. Elevate the formality and quality of our athlete leadership training programs to a recognizable and prestigious level. Streamline the on-boarding process of our committee development at the highest levels. Update and train all staff and volunteers regarding new guidelines, materials, expectations and formats as they arise.

Special Olympics Florida receives consistent feedback from the medical professionals that we work with that they often do not receive any type of specialized training during their schooling regarding how to treat individuals with intellectual disabilities. According to a cooperative study between Special Olympics Inc. and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 80% of U.S. medical school students report not getting any clinical training in the treatment of people with intellectual disabilities. To combat this, Special Olympics Florida is extensively involved in helping to develop curricula that colleges can utilize for their health -programs. We have written articles and our information is being used by coaches and educators in local colleges, high schools, middle schools and elementary schools. Special Olympics Florida also has a statewide database: Games Management System (GMS) wherein we keep and update our registered athlete information regarding sports participation, medical information, and awards received. Additionally, we have our health program screening and referral information and results. Our programs have evaluation criteria built in and are measured via participation, return-on-investment, and mission driven outcomes. Our employees, donors and corporate/community partners play important roles in our Committee Structure and their feedback is essential to our ability to adhere to "best practices" and self-evaluation. Special Olympics Florida plans to raise more than 18 million dollars annually in order to continue to grow our capacity to serve more athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our Operational and Strategic Plans were developed by our staff, volunteers, athlete leadership and Board of Directors; and for the next three years have outlined a culture-of-health action plan that will improve the quality of competition and training at all levels; increase availability of health screenings and medical referrals on an ongoing basis; increase athlete leadership opportunities; develop, automate and consistently communicate best in class sports guidelines and policies; increase the number of certified coaches; continue to grow our in-school programs and initiatives (Young Athletes Program, Unified Champion Schools, Get Into It, Fans in the Stands, the R Word Campaign, Education Leaders Network, Youth Activation Committees and SO Colleges); improve school and adult day program opportunities; continue to remove barriers to participation by reducing common transportation issues, offering more mobile options to reduce costs or make it easier to complete medical requirements, identify and attract more candidates for our Athlete Leadership Program and continue to train and retain participants, transition our Class B Volunteers to Class A , increase and sustain our SOFL volunteer base; and expand support for The Champions Foundation. Our Strategic Plan is a collective agreement and commitment to our athlete base by our staff, leadership, sponsors and over 55 community partners (Jack Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Disney, Nemours, Nova Southeastern, etc.). We review and revise our Strategic Plan every three years with the purpose of streamlining processes and maximizing positive outcomes, and we implement, oversee and stay on task throughout.

Special Olympics Florida is a leader in innovation, implementation, communication and advancing the agenda supporting the health and well being of athletes with ID and DD. We began with a small sports program in 1972 and brought that program into the public school system because it resonated with teachers and students with disabilities. More sports were added, competition evolved, and county and state games were developed.  Unified Champion Schools began to bridge enormous gaps for teachers and coaches. We provided curricula support, equipment, training and competition that worked parallel the FHSAA and now have State Championships for Track and Field and Basketball. For the students with ID/DD who do not play a sport but would like to participate, we started Cheerleading. We know that we have improved the image and awareness, public perception of people with ID/DD. In public schools, we have had 78% Student Impact, 84% Healthcare Professional Impact and 75% Student Advisor Impact. We began our Health Programs in order to strengthen the training and competitive experience of each athlete with the ultimate purpose of supporting the athlete's health, fitness, and quality of life. In 2015 we conducted 149 screening events and screened 10,955 athletes and consumers and made 2,839 doctor referrals. We provided free of charge: 580 prescription glasses; 874 sunglasses/sports goggles; 1,248 insoles, 622 mouth guards and 1,309 fluoride treatments. We hired Community Outreach Managers to enhance outreach in strategic areas: Tampa, Hollywood, Jacksonville and Southwest Florida. We have aligned with strong healthcare partners; Nemours, Jack Nicklaus Children's Hospital for example. We are in the teaching curricula in the Ophthalmology, Audiology and Dental schools in Nova Southeastern and Resident Students there are trained as Community Outreach Managers and conduct screenings for us at our State Games. Special Olympics Florida was invited to host informational booths and conduct screenings at major venues such as the Family Cafe' furthering our outreach in the state. Our Community Outreach Managers will continue to recruit and train Clinical Directors to further support the ID/DD community locally. Classes in Healthy Eating and Healthy Habits are being taught now and as our Health Programs continue to reach more in our communities, the possibilities for expansion are boundless. Three years later we are serving 51,424 athletes thanks to the support from 33,542 volunteers and 6,775 coaches who help us at 539 competitions throughout the state of Florida. Our Health initiatives that began in Tampa and Hollywood and have expanded to Jacksonville and Southwest Florida - with professional partnerships and outreach enabling us to host more 111 health screenings reaching more than 11,000 athletes in 2019.

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Special Olympics Florida, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/27/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dawn Giebler-MillnerFulop

Greenberg Traurig

Term: 2016 - 2020


Board co-chair

Ms. Singh

Universal Orlando

Dawn Millner

Greenberg Traurig, LLC

Brad Singh

Universal Orlando Sr. VP, Sourcing & Procurement

George Forte

GM, Customer Business Development - Procter & Gamble

Ron Fulop

Retired

Emery Gainey

Attorney General's Office

Brad Gilmour

Director of Park Operations for Aquatica, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

Timothy Hodgins

Athlete Representative

Yvonne Johnson

Chief Medical Officer, South Miami Hospital

John Wilson

Director, Public Relations, Nemours Children's Health System

Pete Meyer

Director of Athletics & Dean of Wellness at Florida Southern

Thomas McLaughlin

Retired

Jim Payne

Anchorman, WESH Channel 2

Sam Pero

Vice President, Lakeland Division, Publix Supermarkets, Inc.

Paul Thein

EVP, Advancement and Partnerships - Community Health Partners

Monica Verra-Tirado

Chief of the Bureau of Exceptional Education & Student Services - FL Dept. of Education

Michael Nursey

Market President, TD Bank

Robin Eletto

Chief People Officer - Fanatics

Scott Hudgins

Chief Commercial Officer - Disney

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes