Highlights from 2015-2016 include:
Quality Sports & Competitions: Sports and competition are at
the core of our mission, because we believe in their transformative power to
shatter stereotypes. Our sports programs challenge athletes to perform at their
best and improve their health through interactive coaching, fitness, and
optimal nutrition guides. Athletes experience important personal and team
triumphs that lead to better health, self-confidence, and performance in
academic and employment settings. We currently offer training and competition
in 15 Olympic-type sports that all culminate at state-level events.
Communities: SOKY is committed to inclusion, respect, and
dignity. We build communities of inclusion and acceptance by empowering
athletes to become contributing and respected members of society, while
engaging families, youth, employees, coaches, volunteers, and fans in the
communities we serve. The synergy between these supporters creates communities
that foster supportive environments for Special Olympics athletes, while
providing youth with opportunities to develop in positive, integrated school
Fans & Funds: A critical aspect of fueling the movement is to
create a stronger community of support through volunteerism and revenue growth.
Connecting fans and funds through meaningful and direct experiences is an
important means to increasing organizational capacity, as well as increasing
the number of opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities outside
of participation in Special Olympics, such as supported employment programs. An
important part of Fuel the Movement is to harness the expertise and skills of
our supporters in ways that help us build sustainability and grow capacity
within our organization.
Engage new athletes through recruitment efforts. We want our programs to be accessible and known to all individuals with intellectual disabilities
Strengthen relationships with existing venues, volunteers, and vendors and establish new relationships. Our sports programs are longstanding in most communities, but strengthening existing partnerships and establishing new ones will help improve the quality of our sports programming.
Provide exceptional coach, local coordinator, and volunteer training. Individuals serving in these roles have the most influence on our athletes. Ensuring they are properly trained to deliver the best coaching and training will advance quality sports.
Increase the professionalism of our competitions. Our ability to provide superior equipment, venues, officiating, and awards is paramount to the safety and quality of our competitions.
Strengthen and expand partnerships with school administrators and teachers. To expand Project UNIFY in Louisville and surrounding communities, the Program Directors will continue to introduce the program to school administrators and establish the program in new schools.
Activate youth in Louisville and surrounding communities through Project UNIFY initiatives. Engaging youth through education- and sports-based initiatives provide unique platforms for promoting acceptance and inclusion in school settings.
Engage families of children with intellectual disabilities. We will provide opportunities for families of children with intellectual disabilities to meet each other, which can provide invaluable support.
Recruit and formally train new and existing Athlete Leaders. Athlete Leaders serve as ambassadors for our organization and advocates for their fellow athletes. Currently, we track Athlete Leaders by participation in the Athlete Leadership Program, which offers formal training and workshops in public speaking, coaching, and other skills.
Build organizational capacity to improve our program reach and effectiveness. Capacity building is crucial to creating sustainability within our organization.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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