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 Austria to compete on the world stage. In this initiative we are calling on the business community to get behind us and sign up to support an athlete.

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

Over the 18th to 24th March, the world's largest sports and humanitarian event in 2017 will be the Special Olympics World Games in Graz and Schladming, Austria. 3,000 Special Olympics athletes from 110 nations will compete in nine Olympic-type winter sport. The Special Olympics movement is committed to creating a world where every person, regardless of their ability or disability, is accepted, welcomed and valued.

Team Ireland will consist of 26 Special Olympics Ireland athletes who will compete in two sports, Alpine Skiing and Floorball,  and 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 more information on Team Ireland due to be released soon.

How much does it cost?

To cover the cost of sending Team Ireland to the World Winter Games, Special Olympics Ireland must raise €3,000 per athlete.

How can I get involved?

Companies and businesses can directly support athletes heading to Austria 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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In 2015, 88 of our athletes took part in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
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