Assemblymember Frazier Requests $6M in Funding for Special Olympics

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SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier’s (D-Fairfield), request for a budget allocation of $6 million dollars in crucial funding to support the Special Olympics of Northern California and the Special Olympics of Southern California is currently in the State budget that was adopted by the Legislature and sent to the Governor.

"It's beyond amazing that nearly 100,000 Californians have the opportunity each year to participate in the sports they love while developing lifelong friendships and skills,” said Frazier, who has been a Special Olympics volunteer for over 16 years. “When I was in high school, I helped a dear friend who had a disability of his own play in a game on the football team and from that moment I knew how much it meant for him to feel included, and how great it was for the whole team. I see that same fulfillment in everyone involved with the Special Olympics.”

The Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Through the power of sports, children and adults with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths, abilities, confidence, and success on the playing field and in life.

In 1968, Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the Special Olympics to provide a way for children and adults with disabilities to develop life skills and lasting friendships through training and athletic competition. Today, the two California chapters benefit nearly 100,000 people through their many annual and ongoing programs. Ten years ago, the Special Olympics began implementing the Unified Sports program into schools to pair athletes with and without disabilities to promote social inclusion through sports. In California, the Unified Sports Program has grown to nearly 1,000 schools

“The Special Olympics has been funded in many previous budgets, but in order for the program to continue its success and presence in our schools and community, the Legislature must make funding the program this year a priority. Special Olympics fosters acceptance and inclusion, and gives those with disabilities the opportunity to have the same experience as their friends without disabilities. These individuals get to compete, be part of a team, and forge friendships through sports. The contributions of the Special Olympics are incalculable and support thousands of athletes benefiting communities around the state,” concluded Frazier.

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Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.