All of the 32 NFL teams have pet charity projects and causes which they support and donate funds and resources to. The Seattle Seahawks by far make one of the most special contributions in the NFL to charity. With the help of Spirit of 12 Partners, a Seattle community based nonprofit, the Seahawks distribute game day programs at their home games in Seattle. 100% of the proceeds from the programs go to helping fund the Special Olympics of Washington. The giving does not end there, however. For every donation made to the Special Olympics of Washington from the Seahawks the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation matches their donation dollar to dollar, effectively doubling the proceeds.
A Platform for Special People
The Special Olympics is one of the most worthy causes that can be thought of. Through the Special Olympics those with intellectual disabilities are given the opportunity to compete in the sport in which they love and are skilled. There are not many opportunities out there for special athletes so the Special Olympics offers a goal to strive for and incentive for those with special needs to follow their passion and get involved in sports.
Programs for the Special Olympics are available to those interested with intellectual disabilities at no charge. For those with intellectual disabilities getting involved with the Special Olympics has so many great benefits. First and most obviously, involvement provides exercise which in turn lowers the risk of other health issues that may be associated with certain disorders. In addition to the health benefits participants gain coordination skills, psychological benefits, confidence, and pride. Those with special needs are often reminded of all that they cannot do, the Special Olympics provides them a platform on which to perform what they can do.
An Opportunity for Disabled Kids around the World
Across the world there are more than 4 million participants in the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics offers competitions for athletes ages 8 and over, and for children 2-7 there is a young athletes program provided by the Special Olympics. It has been seen that children who are involved with the Special Olympics from a young age acquire skills more quickly and tend to exceed limits set for them by their doctors and disabilities. The Special Olympics also offers a wonderful opportunity for kids with disabilities to socialize with other who are like them. Being intellectually disabled often resigns those affected to being outsiders and misunderstood by their peers. At the Special Olympics young athletes can interact with other children facing the same struggles as they are and create a wider support system.
The Special Olympics holds world games every two years, which alternate between winter and summer games. The 2013 Special Winter Olympics World Games was held in South Korea. The next games are set for summer 2015 in Los Angeles, California. There are 32 sporting events offered in the Special Olympics many of which are the same as those seen in the Olympics. Power lifting, soccer, basketball, track and field, judo, gymnastics, figure skating, and volleyball are just some of the events included. The Special Olympics is a very special organization that deserves all of the support it can get. Offering its programs for free to those in need of them, the Special Olympics touches and changes the lives of countless people and their families.
The Seahawks support of not just a charity, but their fellow athletes shows a respect and compassion for those who want so much to be a part of the athletic community. This makes the Seahawks one of the most special donors in the NFL, because their contribution helps provide sports for those who would otherwise not get to participate in them, and changes their lives.