Special Olympics Florida, Inc. dba Special Olympics Charlotte County
4456 Tamiami Trail, Suite A-8
Port Charlotte FL 33952
Mission

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 continuous 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.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Tera Sylvester
Board Chair Tera Sylvester
Board Chair Affiliation County Director
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Special Olympics Florida - Charlotte
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 2018
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
 
IRS Letter of Determination
Name
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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 Charlotte county's citizens.
Needs Statement
Special Olympics never charges its participants or their families or caregivers 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 Charlotte to deliver its services and programs. Donations are accepted year-round.
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 18,000 athletes who have intellectual disabilities, SOFL is made possible by over 17,432 coaches and volunteers, annually.
Special Olympics Charlotte has 12 training programs and trains year-round at many locations throughout Charlotte County.  We serve over 185 athletes.  
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.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Charlotte
FL
Areas Served Comments Charlotte County, Florida, which includes Punta Gorda and part of Englewood.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Recreation & Sports
Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Org Type Youth Development
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Programs
Description
Special Olympics Florida - Charlotte County provides year-round training and competition opportunities to approximately 185 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Charlotte 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 intellectual disabilities or a related cognitive developmental disability.  For children with disabilities who are younger than 8 years, Young Athlete Programs (YAP) are now being offered in several location in Charlotte County.
 
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 Charlotte County currently offers 12 sports year round.
Budget $42,700
Category Human Services, General/Other 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
Short Term Success
Many athletes have received ongoing medical care due to screenings conducted.  Over the past two years, we have trained four athlete leaders and their mentors, plus started a local leadership program involving 10 local athletes.  We have started Young Athlete Programs (YAP) in several schools and community centers for children with intellectual/developmental disabilities who are younger than 8 years.
Long Term Success Continued expansion of Athlete Leadership Programs  and Young Athlete Program offerings, as well as Healthy Athlete Program screening frequency and range of services. Our athletes benefit from the variety of sports programs offered.
Program Success Monitoring
At the beginning and conclusion of each sport season, a meeting is held with the coaches to plan and assess the season.  Coaches solicit feedback from athletes and family members.  Needed adjustments are discussed.  Sports programs with low attendance are discussed to determine the feasibility of continuing the program. 
Program Success Examples
Participation in both our bowling and basketball programs has increased by more than 25%.  Our Healthy Athlete program resulted in five athletes demonstrating marked weight loss.  Dental and eye screenings have resulted in several athletes receiving care they would have otherwise not received.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization
The governing body for Special Olympics Florida - Charlotte County is our Management Team.  The Management Team is made up of volunteers from the community. More than 35 certified coaches provide training in 12 sports for athlete participants.  almost 200 volunteers assist with sports programs, community outreach, fundraising and administrative support.  Special Olympics is the only organized recreation program for people with disabilities in Charlotte County.  There is no upper age limit for participation.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Tera Sylvester
CEO Term Start June 2016
CEO/Executive Director Email terasylvester@specialolympicscharlotte.org
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 250
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Collaborations
Special Olympics Charlotte collaborates with Charlotte County Public Schools, Charlotte Country Parks and Recreation and the Charlotte County YMCA for use of their facilities and staff at no charge for many of our sports programs.  
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Comments
Management Comments by Organization
Special Olympics Charlotte is an accredited sub-program of Special Olympics Florida.  Our program undergoes an accreditation process each year through Special Olympics Florida.
Board Chair
Board Chair Tera Sylvester
Company Affiliation County Director
Board Term June 2016 to Dec 2025
Board Chair Email terasylvester@specialolympicscharlotte.org
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Nancy Basile Charlotte County Public Schools
Erica Brinkman Community Volunteer
Gena Davis retired
Tammy Dobbs Community Volunteer
Diane Francoletti Community Volunteer
Polly Johnson Charlotte State Bank
Daniel Melvin Charlotte County Public Schools
Mark Schaible Charlotte County Sheriff's Office
Tera Sylvester County Director
Albert Van Lenten Jr.Special Olympics athlete
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 7
Unspecified
Governance
Board Term Lengths 99
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 60
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $61,577.00
Projected Expenses $79,444.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
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
IRS Form 990s
9902016
9902015
9902014
9902011
9902010
9902009
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$38,009$23,045$23,470
Administration Expense$32,389$205,720$22,986
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.620.990.69
Program Expense/Total Expenses54%53%51%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation and Corporate Support $33,915Foundation and Corporate Support $31,778Foundation and Corporate Support $26,004
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $5,292Contributions, gifts, grants $4,900Contributions, gifts, grants $2,859
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $3,657Fundraising $4,749Fundraising $1,888
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Special Olympics Charlotte County is not supported financially by the state, national or international Special Olympics organization.  We are totally dependent on donations received in Charlotte County to support the local program. 
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information for 2015, 2016 and 2017 taken from the unaudited compilations as the financial information pertains solely to Charlotte County.  No balance sheet information specific to Charlotte County is currently available.
Nonprofit Special Olympics Florida, Inc. dba Special Olympics Charlotte County
Address 4456 Tamiami Trail, Suite A-8
Port Charlotte, FL
Phone 941 545-4601

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