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Darren E. Johnson, DD
State Special Olympics
Email: SPECIALOLYMPICS@kofc-wa.org
Phone: (253) 709-4588

 Special Olympics

 Celebrate the intrinsic worth and
 dignity of every single human being
 through the Special Olympics.


The Knights of Columbus has a unique partnership with the special olympics and has helped disabled athletes train for and compete in games around the world.

Knights of Columbus councils have assisted with all aspects of the program from fundraising to feeding the athletes, organizing and judging events, and providing equipment and awards. without the support of the Knights, participants would not be able to train for the events that they love.

work with special olympics affiliates to determine how best to fund, sponsor or volunteer for events in the local community. Featured program credit is awarded to councils providing at least $2,000 in donations or 200 service hours in a fraternal year. as a featured program, Special Olympics counts for two credits toward the Columbian award.

Special Olympics Newsletter 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Special Olympics Wash
JUNE NEWSLETTER
The CommUNITY Challenge logo.
Nearly 750 participants have run, walked, rolled and moved over 30,000 miles!

We are over halfway to our fundraising goal of $250,000 but we need your help!

Go the extra mile for Special Olympics Washington by donating to support more than 19,500 athletes in our state today!
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Law Enforcement Torch Run Turns 40!
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Over the past four decades, law enforcement through LETR for Special Olympics has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Law enforcement volunteers give countless hours each year, generate ongoing awareness about our mission and support Special Olympics athletes around the world.

To date law enforcement has raised over 904 million dollars to support athletes worldwide!

Although we won't have a statewide Torch Run this year, you can still support their efforts by purchasing an official 2021 Torch Run t-shirt. Click here to learn more.
Haggen's Inspiring Change Together

We’re thrilled to be one of the beneficiaries of Haggen’s Inspiring Change Together fundraising campaign! Through August 3, shop at your local Haggen’s and make a donation to Special Olympics Washington right at the register. For a list of participating stores, click here.
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Vaccine Month of Action

Special Olympics Washington has joined Made to Save's National Vaccine Month of Action.

We are encouraging as many people as possible to get at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot. Help us save this summer by joining us for a Month of Action!

Click here to learn more about National Vaccine Month of Action and find an event near you.
Welcome New Staff!
Tina O'Brien
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The future is bright for Special Olympics Washington! We are excited to welcome Tina O’Brien as our new Vice President of Development. Tina joins the team with 25 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, a deep knowledge of the Pacific Northwest philanthropic community, and a lifetime of service to those in need in our community. 

Join us in celebrating this new leadership within our organization. Welcome, Tina!
Supporter Spotlight
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus Presenting the Colors at 2019 Spring State Games.
Knights of Columbus posing for a photo at the 2019 Breakfast with Champions.
With decades of partnership and nearly a million dollars raised, the Knights of Columbus have been a long-time champion of the inclusion revolution. In addition to raising money for our programs through their annual Tootsie Roll fundraiser, and sponsorship of our signature events, the Knights join us each season at state games to present the colors during opening ceremonies and volunteer in a variety of capacities over the weekend but are best known for preparing and delivering thousands of lunches for our athletes.

As an organization that values unity and community, the Knights of Columbus are the proud sponsor of Special Olympics Washington’s annual Community Champion Award that honors people whose leadership, volunteerism and public advocacy embody the spirit of service and community. In 2019, the Knights of Columbus were awarded the very first Community Champion Award for their unwavering commitment to the Special Olympics movement.

We thank the Knights of Columbus for their countless hours of volunteerism, for celebrating our athletes and for supporting our Special Olympics community!

Join us in celebrating the 2021 Community Champion Award Winner by tuning into the CommUNITY Challenge Final Mile Celebration on July 3. Click here for more information.
Thank You to Our Partners!
Year Round sponsors are Kaiser Permanente, our Official Health Partner, Knights of Columbus, Krusteaz, The Boeing Company and Alaska Airlines
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Brother Knights


It's that time of year again where we ask you to submit form 4584 to show how much time and funds you donated to Special Olympics during the past year. Remember we ask all councils to turn in this form even if you did nothing for Special Olympics this year. If you didn't I would ask why? There are Special Olympics events every weekend of the year so please talk to council about helping out or if needed contact me and I'll come to one of your meeting to explain how you too can take part. I do want to thank all the council and their family members for helping out this past year at so many events. Please read the supreme message below.

God bless and Merry Christmas
Darren E. Johnson 
Special Olympics State Chairman 
Cell 253-709-4588
 

Worthy State Special Olympics Chairmen,

In 2018, your jurisdictions contributed to the happiness and well-being of countless Special Olympics
Athletes across North America. More than 75,000 Knights spent a total of 335,680 hours and
donated more than $4.4 million to the Special Olympics and the individuals they serve.
Each year, the Supreme Council also divides $180,000 among participating Knights of Columbus
jurisdictions based on the data they submit through the Special Olympics Partnership Profile Report
(#4584). Jurisdictions present the check they receive from the Supreme Council to their
state/provincial Special Olympics organization at their State Conventions or another suitable public
event.
The amount each jurisdiction receives is based on their final ranking compared to other participating
jurisdictions. Rankings are division-based and determined by percentage of councils participating,
volunteer hours, volunteers, number of events attended, and dollars contributed.
The deadline to submit Form #4584 for the 2019 calendar year (1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019) is
January 31, 2020. Please encourage the councils in your jurisdiction to submit data as soon as
possible. Completed forms should be sent to fraternalmission@kofc.org.
I encourage you to connect with your jurisdiction’s Special Olympics at the state/provincial level and
find out how you can partner with them for 2020. You can visit the Special Olympics Websites
(United States or Canada) to link councils with events and local programs, share coaching and other
volunteer opportunities, and become a Corporate Partner for additional branding opportunities.
For more information, visit the KofC Special Olympics Program page.


Darren E. Johnson 
Special Olympics State Chairman 
Washington State Council 
Knights of Columbus 
Cell 253-709-4588 
specialolympics@kofc-wa.org 
www.kofc-wa.org 

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Summer games Everett Aug 17-19
Fall games Renton Nov 30- Dec 2nd
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