Special Olympics International was chosen by the delegates to the 55th General Convention as the international service project of Phi Sigma Kappa.
Phi Sigma Kappa has aligned itself with an organization that is sure to provide lifetime opportunities for both undergraduates and alumni. Programming ideas are endless. The Grand Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa and our chapter at Auburn look forward to a long and successful relationship with Special Olympics International.
Special Olympics is an international program of year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental deficiency. Its goal is for all persons with mental deficiency to have the chance to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities. The benefits of participation in Special Olympics for people with mental deficiency include improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, a more positive self-image, friendships and increased family support.
Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics operates in 95 percent of all the counties in the United States, hosting more than 15,000 events in schools, centers, and cities at the local, area and chapter level.
Special Olympics has favorable name recognition with 98% of the United States public and its events are covered by 72 percent of all newspapers and television stations. Of 96 non-profit organizations ranked by respondents of a recent poll, Special Olympics was viewed at the most credible charity.