July 7, 2022 | News
In June 2022, members of the Women of Impact (WoI) philanthropic giving group brought their passion to support local nonprofits together and voted Special Olympics Boone County as the 2022 second quarter grantee.
Special Olympics Boone County (SOBC) provides year-round sports, leadership, & fitness programs for Boone County children & adults ages 8+ with intellectual disabilities. SOBC is an area program of Special Olympics Indiana, so they raise all funds required to offer sports & services to local athletes.
“Because of Special Olympics, children and adults with intellectual disabilities are putting on team uniforms and actively participating in sports competitions”, said Terri Noffke, SOBC County Coordinator. “They win sometimes, lose sometimes, and play by the Special Olympics athletes oath: Let me win. But, if I cannot win, let me brave in the attempt.”
Special Olympics Boone County never charges athletes to participate. Registration, participation, uniforms, sports equipment, facility rentals, and entry fees are all free to the athletes and their families. There are no paid positions. All management, coaches, chaperones, and partners are volunteers.
They offer sports year round for all ability levels, such as track & field, equestrian, swimming, cheerleading, basketball, bowling, and more!
You can support Special Olympics Boone County by donating these items anytime to them:
- Basketball: Balls, whistles, ball bags, shirts, transportation for athletes
- Track: Starting guns, shirts, transportation for athletes
- Cycling: Shirts, transporting bikes to & from practice
- Corn hole: Shirts & new corn hole boards within the next few years
- Bowling: Monetary donations as this is the most expensive sport for SOBC due to the # of participants and the cost to run the program
To learn more about Special Olympics Boone County and how you can get involved, visit their website at https://specialolympicsboonecounty.org/ .
To become a member of Women of Impact Boone County and collaboratively support Boone County-serving nonprofits, click here or contact us today!
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF BOONE COUNTY
Since 1991, the Community Foundation of Boone County has granted over $28 million from its various funds to nonprofit organizations and programs working to solve critical challenges in Boone County. Through the generosity of donors, the Community Foundation currently holds over $30 million in net assets. In the past 30 years, we have worked with donors to create permanent funds for charitable giving. The establishment and growth of permanent endowment funds will strengthen Boone County for generations to come.