Sponsor an Athlete

All Special Olympics DC sports, programs and activities are always free of charge to our athletes, including travel to national and international games. Your sponsorship helps one more athlete get in the game!

Sponsor a Special Olympics DC Athlete

It costs $250 per athlete per season to cover the facility costs, uniforms, coaching, equipment to delivery high-quality sports experiences, and medals to celebrate their accomplishments at the championships. Here are just a few stories of the thousands of athletes Special Olympics DC serves.

Alonzo Blair

Sports: Soccer, basketball, volleyball, bowling, bocce

Track & Field: shot put, long jump, 50-yard dash

Alonzo is 31 years old born on New Year’s Eve. He loves to dance, play and watch sports – he plays six Special Olympics sports year round. His favorite college team is Florida State because they do the chop and chant. His football team is the Baltimore Ravens. One of his favorite things is Wrestling, and he likes Rey Mysterio, John Cena and The Shield.

Cornell Gray

Sports: Bocce, basketball, soccer, track, bowling, volleyball, speed skating

2017 World Winter Games, Austria: Two Gold medals in short-track speed skating

Cornell joined Special Olympics DC in 2014 participating for the first time in Unified Bocce for his Middle School, Kelly Miller.  After graduation he played multiple sports at H. D. Woodson.  He was always seeking new challenges and his athletic ability made him a natural.  He learned speed skating at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena, and went on to represent Special Olympics DC in the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria, where he won two gold medals.

Novie Craven

Sports: Bocce, basketball, tennis

2018 USA Games: Gold medal winner in bocce

After graduating from high school, Novie lost something that everyone needs, a social outlet. She became depressed and lost without having more social interaction in her life. A friend of her Mom suggested that Novie join Special Olympics D.C. because she was very athletic and it would give her a social outlet that she needed. She was apprehensive about trying bocce, and tennis, sports she had a never played before, but everyone was welcoming and she learned quickly.  Through Special Olympics D.C. she has made many new friends and her self-confidence is through the roof.