What is Support an Athlete?

Support an Athlete is a fundraising initiative set up by Special Olympics Ireland with the task of raising enough funds to cover the cost of preparing and sending our athletes to compete in the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. In this initiative we are calling on the business community to get behind us and sign up to support an athlete.

Special Olympics World Summer Games - What's it all about?

Over the 14th to 21st March, the world's largest sports and humanitarian event in 2019 will be the Special Olympics World Summer Games which take place in Abu Dhabi. 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 nations will compete at these Games which are expected to attract over 500,000 spectators. The Special Olympics movement is committed to creating a world where every person, regardless of their ability or disability, is accepted, welcomed and valued and the talent on display at these Games is a celebration of this.

Team Ireland will consist of 91 Special Olympics Ireland athletes who will compete in 12 different sports. They will demonstrate their incredible courage, unwavering determination and sheer joy by representing their country on the world stage.
You can read the fast facts on these Games here with the official Team Ireland launch due to take place in January.

How much does it cost?

To cover the cost of sending Team Ireland to the World Summer Games, Special Olympics Ireland must raise €5,000 per athlete.

How can I get involved?

Companies and businesses can directly support athletes heading to Abu Dhabi by pledging to: 
1.Support one athlete 2.Support multiple athletes 3.Make a one off donation or 4.Contact us and we can tailor a package to suit your business and budgets.

What next?

Request a no obligation call back through the below form and our team will be happy to send you a full breakdown of costs and the great benefits you will enjoy as a Support an Athlete Sponsor.
You can also make a one off donation of your choice via the Donate Now button below.



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The last World Summer Games were held in Los Angeles in 2015. This will give you a flavour of what's instore
This thank you video, created for our sponsors, displays some of the emotion of these Games.
You too can be part of this experience by joining our Support an Athlete Campaign

This is Special Olympics Ireland in 2016