Charity Spotlight: Special Olympics Great Britain

With the London 2012 Olympics in full swing, we thought we’d focus our charity spotlight this week on Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB).

Special Olympics Great Britain is the country’s largest provider of year-round sports programmes for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities.

Member of the Olympic family

The Special Olympics are a recognised member of the Olympic family with a unique role to play. The Paralympics provides sports competitions for elite-level disabled athletes with physical and sensory disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, while the Special Olympics fosters community sport year-round at all levels for people with these disabilities.

Since their formation in 1978 as part of the global Special Olympics Movement, Special Olympics Great Britain has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people through sport.

There are currently 135 Special Olympics clubs in Great Britain, run by over 2,800 volunteers, involving 8,000 athletes who benefit from their sports programme.

Facebook and Twitter

Clarisse Roubert Lang, Events Manager, is keen to spread the word, to ensure all supporters know about Give as you Live. She’s added information to their website, will be using the Run for Good materials for the upcoming running event, and is regularly pushing the message using Facebook and Twitter. Here’s what she said when we caught up with her:

“Give as you Live is a fantastic way to raise money for Special Olympics GB with no extra cost for the shopper. I’m now raising funds for the charity every time I shop online.”

You can support SOGB here. Just click ‘Discover Give as you Live,’ fill in your details, and click ‘download’.

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