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Picture of Special Olympics Chairman
Darren E. Johnson
State Special Olympics
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.

Updated Information on the 2020 Spring Season

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Special Olympics Washington has cancelled Unified league play; regional competitions for athletics, cycling, powerlifting, soccer and swimming; & the State Spring Games in June.

For SOWA’s full response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) click,  here.
We would love to hear your feedback! Do you have any comments or suggestions for Special Olympics Washington's Volunteer Program? Email with your ideas.
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
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
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 


Helpful Links

Upcoming Events

Spring games Tacoma June 1-3
Summer games Everett Aug 17-19
Fall games Renton Nov 30- Dec 2nd
Winter games Wenachtee March 1-3

Additional Resources

Special Olympics - Supreme Resource

Tootsie Roll Program