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Community Led Fundraising

Special Olympics is lucky enough to receive funding from number of sources including dedicated annual donors, corporate partners and foundations but the most impactful from an awareness and community building standpoint is through our network of grassroots fundraisers. They jump in cold water, play inclusive sports like cornhole or road races, and sometimes they even take it upon themselves to start their own fundraising initiatives.

Community Led Fundraising

The greatest resource is community

Special Olympics Massachusetts is made up of many communities who support the organization in their own way. Our Bio-Ball tournament was built through a network of life sciences companies and their employees who chose to host a basketball tournament to support and showcase inclusive sports. Our Xtra Mile community runs road races including the Boston Marathon to push their athletic limits like the athletes of Special Olympics do in cities and towns across the commonwealth. And our Law Enforcement community is the number one awareness building and fundraising partner we have, brining excitement to tournaments and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars through fundraising events in regions they serve.

While these events and initiatives raise the critical funds that support the organization, they also bring more people into the Special Olympics family. Through these community connections more people get to experience inclusion where they work, live, and play.


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Stories From The Field

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How is Carlisle Chief of Police Andrew Amendola bringing together LETR, Polar Plunge, and Xtra Mile on ONE day!?

As a member of the 2024 Boston Marathon Xtra Mile Team, Chief Amendola is bringing an LETR sponsored Polar Plunge to his community as a fundraising initiative to support his run and simultaneously spread awareness.

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Meet the 2024 Boston Marathon Xtra Mile Team

Check out the 31 runners who will be representing Special Olympics MA in the 128th Boston Marathon.

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North Reading High School breaks the ice as first school to plunge in Bear Force One

North Reading High School was the first school in Massachusetts to sign on and participate in Special Olympics MA’s mobile plunge with Bear Force One—a fully equipped mobile plunge pool that can hold up to 2,800 gallons of water.

Community Led Fundraising Programs

Join a community or build your own. That’s the beauty of inclusion

One of the best things about community led fundraising is that it is so much fun. You get to spend time with friends, family and neighbors to support the idea that everyone deserves to be included. You are including more people in the mission for inclusion – it just works! Plus you get to do fun things like pull a truck, play cornhole, take the Polar Plunge, or run a 5K. Join us today to make our community your community and vice versa.

Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) program is the most community led awareness building and fundraising partnership in the Special Olympics movement. Each year torch run officers host community-based fundraisers across Massachusetts including: tip-a-cops, Polar Plunges, truck pulls, dodgeball tournaments, and 5Ks.

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Polar Plunge

Take the Plunge with a team of friends, family or co-workers to support the athletes of Special Olympics Massachusetts. Everyone is invited to participate in the Plunge and it’s one of the most inclusive fundraisers available each year. Plunge locations are scattered across the Commonwealth, so you will be sure to find one in your community.

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Xtra Mile

Help to create a community where goals can be set and met through endurance sports like running, cycling, and triathlons. Your fundraising will help to provide year-round inclusive sports opportunities throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, while you discover new levels of strength, endurance, and performance. Run races like the Boston Marathon, B.A.A. 5K, Falmouth Road Race, and the Tata New York City Marathon or your favorite local race.

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Start Your Own

Special Olympics Massachusetts is honored to have many dedicated community members who take it upon themselves to raise money for the organization, a local team or family member. There are a ton of ways to fundraise and increase community awareness including your favorite 5K, 10K, half marathon or marathon, birthday fundraisers, or creative challenges that speak to your interests or goals. Let us know what you are thinking, and we can help you get started.

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