Special Olympics Florida - Sarasota County
910 Gulf Coast Boulevard
Venice FL 34285
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities, who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair No Executive Director
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Special Olympics Florida - Sarasota County
Supported Organization Special Olympics Florida, Inc.
Former Names
Florida Special Olympics
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1972
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2017
State Registration Yes July 2017
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
Perhaps most importantly, and consistent with over four decades of driving societal change, Special Olympics has steadily helped shift the general public’s perception of people with intellectual disabilities. It is one thing to change a life; it is quite another to change a mindset. Whether through direct involvement or the subtle evolution of one’s own thinking, everyone has the opportunity to be affected by the work of Special Olympics.
Beyond sports, Special Olympics’ greater goal is to demonstrate the relevance of Special Olympics to the greater public. As one of the most trusted, established and respected brands in the world, Special Olympics has been at the forefront of bringing services, awareness and dignity to people with intellectual disabilities and stands uniquely poised to educate, shape public perception and to help empower one of the last and largest disenfranchised populations in the world. Special Olympics is more than an event, it is a movement, with sport as the catalyst for quality healthcare, for dignity, and for meaningful change for all of Florida’s citizens.

Our goals for the current year include adding additional Young Athlete Programs at local schools to bring in athletes below the age of 8 which will bring awareness to the athlete and the parent or caregiver of our programs. 
In addition, we hope to increase the number of athletes that we serve in Sarasota County, and we want to make people aware of our very unique Special Olympic training facility in Venice. 
Our two newest sports; Stand Up Paddle (SUP) and Unified Flag Football are in full swing.  Sarasota County is fortunate to have the State Stand Up Paddle competition being held for the second year at Benderson Park in Sarasota.  

Unified Flag Football pairs non-athletes with Special Olympic athletes.  Our first State Competition in 2012 saw our team bringing home the Gold medal.  We look forward to continue to grow this great sport.
Over the past two years, due to new branding, we have had to replace the majority of our uniforms for our 14 sports.  This has now been accomplished.
Sarasota County Special Olympics puts on 5 Area competitions every year.  Area games brings the Counties of Desoto, Collier, Charlotte, Lee and Manatee together with Sarasota County for great competition with the sports of Swimming, Basketball, Soccer, Unified Flag Football and Softball. 
Sarasota County Special Olympics looks forward to an exciting year. 
Needs Statement
Special Olympics never charges its participants or their families a fee for participation. This is made possible only through the generosity of individuals, businesses and organizations who donate the funds needed for Special Olympics Florida-Sarasota County to deliver its services and programs. 
Present Needs: 
  1. Team Sarasota shirts given to each athlete, volunteer, and chaperone who are selected to go to State Games costs approximately $5,500.00 for a year.  Sarasota County participates in 8 State competitions each year. 
  2. Sarasota County's bowling program costs approximately $8,000.00 per year and does not include transportation and housing costs to State competitions.  This program is our largest training program.  We train approximately 150 athletes in a season.  They bowl two games each week during season and the cost includes the shoe rental. 
  3. Our Equestrian Training Program costs approximately $7,800 to train 12-13 athletes during our January thru May training season.
  4. The approximate cost to train an athlete in a sport for a year including any facilities, equipment, transportation, and meals costs approximately $350/athlete.
Background Statement
The concept of Special Olympics began in the early 1960s when Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for people with intellectual disabilities. From that experience, it was clear that these individuals were far more capable in sports and physical activities than many experts believed.

In 1968, Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriver organized the first International Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Special Olympics Florida was founded in 1972 and has been growing ever since!

Special Olympics Florida is one of the largest volunteer driven athletic organizations in the state. Involving over 30,000 athletes who have intellectual disabilities, SOFL is made possible by over 21,772 coaches and volunteers, annually.
Special Olympics Sarasota County started in 1970 as a school based program and grew into a community based program in 1980.
Special Olympics Sarasota presently has 14 training programs and trains year-round at many locations throughout Sarasota County.  We serve over 480 athletes.  We put on a Softball Invitational every year inviting other Special Olympic Counties in the State of Florida to come to Sarasota County for competition in Softball.  Our Basketball Area Games (involving 4 Counties) covers 4 different venues within Sarasota County. 
Through successful sports training and competition, Special Olympics athletes develop physically, socially, and psychologically. The positive experiences that the athletes have in ongoing Special Olympics programs builds confidence and self-image, which carries over into all aspects of their lives.
With year-round quality training and competitions in Olympic-type sports, athletes push hard and play harder.  They strive to beat their personal bests, defying the odds again and again.  From the local ball fields to the shining stage of State, Regional, USA, and World Games, our athletes showcase the talents and triumphs of people with intellectual disabilities. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Sarasota County, Florida which includes Sarasota, Osprey, Laurel, Nokomis, Venice, North Port and part of Englewood. 
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Our sports program is distinctive in that we never charge an athlete or their family to participate in any of our programs.  Special Olympics Florida-Sarasota provides all uniforms, equipment, training facilities, transportation and housing to State competitions. 
Special Olympics Florida- Sarasota County provides year-round training and competition opportunities to approximately 357 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout Sarasota County. Participation in Special Olympics is voluntary and free of charge to all eligible participants. Participants must be at least eight years of age and have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability or a related cognitive developmental disability.
Because of programs such as Healthy Athletes, Athlete Leadership, and Young Athletes, Special Olympics now stands as a leader in the field of intellectual disability, making incredible strides in the areas of health, research and policy change.
Special Olympics Florida - Sarasota County presently offers 14 sports programs throughout the year.
Budget $60,000
Category Human Services, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities People/Families with of People with Disabilities People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Short Term Success
With respect to Healthy Athlete screenings, a lot of our athletes have received much needed medical care.  These short term successes result in long-term success with our athletes being physically able to continue to train year after year.
Long Term Success Continued expansion of Athlete Leadership Programs offerings, as well as Healthy Athlete Program screening frequency and range of services.
Program Success Monitoring
Sports Programs that have low attendance are assessed yearly and determinations are made whether or not to continue training and/or competitions.
Our Healthy Athlete programs are monitored by the number of athletes who are screened at each State and/or Area competitions.  Our Healthy Eyes is one of our most successful programs.
Program Success Examples
An example is our Healthy Eye screenings.  Our athletes receive regular glasses and safety/sport glasses at these screenings.  Being able to see properly and have the proper safety equipment provides the athlete with the necessary confidence in their particular sport.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email SOSarasota@verizon.net
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Harold Hedley 1998 - 2000
Robert Rankin 2000 - Dec 2005
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 800
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Special Olympics Florida-Sarasota County collaborates with The Loveland Center and InStride Therapeutic Riding Center.  Special Olympics Florida-Sarasota County also collaborates with the Therapeutic Recreation Coalition (T-REC) of Sarasota County in providing monthly activities for individuals with disabilities.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Top Non-ProfitPhilanthropedia2011
...most "high-impact" national non-profits in the disability community...Disability Scoop2011
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
Special Olympics Florida-Sarasota County is an accredited sub-program of Special Olympics Florida, Inc.  Our program undergoes an accreditation every year thru Special Olympics Florida. 
Multi-Media Comments by Organization Sarasota County Special Olympics started a Young Athlete Program (YAP) at GlenAllen Elementary School in 2016.  The YAP Program is an innovative sports play program for children ages 2-7 with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their peers, designed to introduce them into the world of sports.
Board Chair
Board Chair No Executive Director
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2020
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Cindy M Berger Community Volunteer
Luci Bromberg Community Volunteer
Carl Raymond Edwards Retired, AT&T
Debbie Golembeski Parent
Matthew Harrington Athlete
Wayne Luoma Community volunteer
Gina Luoma Community Volunteer
Carol Rahmoeller Retired U.S. Government
Nancy Raney Sarasota County
Maggie Maguire Riggall County Coordinator
Frederick Shattuck Retired
Ermatina Sitkowski RN - Take Care, Inc.
June Wilson Retired
Barbara Wilson Athlete Leader
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 69
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 50
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization
The governing body for Special Olympics Florida Sarasota County is our Management Team.  The Management Team is made up of volunteers from our Special Olympics community.  There are no term limits as to how long a Team member serves.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $65,000.00
Projected Expenses $63,643.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $51,382.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$74,856--$33,614
Administration Expense$2,572--$8,955
Fundraising Expense$0--$0
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.07--1.72
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%--79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%--0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$109,847--$92,187
Current Assets$98,879--$81,219
Long-Term Liabilities$0--$0
Current Liabilities$0--$0
Total Net Assets$109,847--$92,187
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $48,099--Government Grants - State $28,672
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountShared Dollars from State $32,669--Contributions, gifts, grants $24,121
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporate Support $13,002--Stand Up Paddle $599
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%--0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
The financials provided are those of our parent organization, Special Olympics Florida of which Special Olympics Sarasota County is an accredited sub-program.  All funds raised within Sarasota County stay in Sarasota County for the use of our programs.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial figures were taken from the audited financial statements as they pertain solely to the local chapter.  The numbers reflected on the IRS Form 990s reflect the entire state-wide organization.
Nonprofit Special Olympics Florida - Sarasota County
Address 910 Gulf Coast Boulevard
Venice, FL 34284
Phone 941 412-0402