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SOI’s Pursuit of Federal Funds The Early Years World Games Federal Appropriations for SO Initiatives Permanent Authorization The Early Years (‘70-’90)

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soi s pursuit of federal funds
SOI’s Pursuit of Federal Funds
  • The Early Years
  • World Games
  • Federal Appropriations for SO Initiatives
  • Permanent Authorization
the early years 70 90
The Early Years (‘70-’90)
  • Philosophy:Strong organizational philosophy not to lobby and pursue federal funding. Strong emphasis placed on private funding. However Special Olympics did apply for a series of research and training grants
  • Department of Education (Training and Research grants)
    • Sports Skills Instructional Program
    • PL 94 -142 Education for all Grant
    • Metric Education Program
  • Department of Labor
    • Program to train people with intellectual disabilities working in recreational settings
world games
World Games
  • Beginning in the 90’s Special Olympics worked with GOCs to secure federal support for the successful conduct of Games
  • 1991
    • Department of Defense support including transportation to the Games and communications/infrastructure support for GOC
  • 1995
    • Department of Defense support including transportation to the Games and communications/infrastructure support
    • Department of Commerce – Community Investment grant for the City of New Haven
    • Department of Health and Human Services – United Nations Symposium
    • Department of Treasury – EKS Coin
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World Games
  • 1999
    • Department of Defense support including transportation to the Games and communications/infrastructure support
    • Department of Labor support to promote employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other staffing needs
    • Department of Transportation support for buses and other transportation planning needs for the Games
    • Department of Education support for preparation and planning for the Games
world games5
World Games
  • 2001
    • Department of Defense support including transportation to the Games and communications/infrastructure support
    • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – Community Development Block Grant for development of Ben Boeke Arena and Hilltop Ski
    • Department of Labor/HHS support to promote employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other staffing needs
    • Department of Transportation support for buses and other transportation planning needs for the Games
    • Department of Education support for youth and school outreach throughout the state in preparation for the Games
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World Games
  • 2003
    • Department of Defense – air charter for Team USA to Ireland
    • Department of Defense – communications equipment support
  • 2005
    • Department of Defense – request in for air charter support for Team USA to Japan
appropriations history
Appropriations History
  • FY 2001
    • Foreign Ops – Special Olympics able to get language within Foreign Ops appropriation to support global expansion, although funding was at the discretion of USAID. Funding secured for Namibia and Swaziland.
  • FY 2002
  • SOI retained Fabiani & Company as its government relations firm and actively met with Congressional leaders and their staffs. Results were:
    • Labor/HHS –Federal appropriations in the amount of $2.8 million for expansion of SO Healthy Athletes program was approved and administered through CDC.
    • In 2002 Healthy Athletes gave 34 Programs grants totaling $177,669.50.  These were all Opening Eyes grants.
    • Foreign Ops – Special Olympics able to get stronger language within Foreign Ops appropriation to support global expansion, although funding was still at the discretion and authority of USAID. No funding secured.
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Appropriations History
  • FY 2003
  • SOI continued year-round meetings with Congressional leaders, met with Cabinet members of the Presidential Administration and conducted a Congressional Reception in the fall 2003
    • Labor/HHS – Federal appropriation in the amount of $3.8 million for the continued expansion of SO Healthy Athletes program was approved and administered through CDC.
    • In 2003 Healthy Athletes gave 35 Programs grants totaling $362,587.25. Some Programs received up to six grants
    • Commerce, State and Justice – Federal Appropriation in the amount of $150,000 for the start-up of a program in Afghanistan was granted. The funds were administered through the Professional and Cultural Programs in the State Department Bureau of Cultural Exchanges.
    • Foreign Ops – Special Olympics was again mentioned in the Foreign Ops Appropriation with language supporting $5,000,000 directed towards programs for people with disability. The language was accompanied by a statement by the managers encouraging that these funds be directed toward Special Olympics overseas programs and for Olympic Aid. Despite the language, no funds were received from USAID.
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Appropriations History
  • FY 2004
  • SOI continued year-round meetings with Congressional leaders, and met with Cabinet members of the Presidential Administration in the winter and spring of 2004
    • Labor/HHS – Federal appropriation in the amount of $4,550,000 for the continued expansion of SO Healthy Athletes program was approved and administered through CDC.
    • In 2004 (YTD) Healthy Athletes gave 46 Programs grants totaling $409,369.70.  Some Programs received up to six grants.
    • Commerce, State and Justice – Federal Appropriation in the amount of $800,000 for continued worldwide expansion. The funds were administered through the Professional and Cultural Programs in the State Department Bureau of Cultural Exchanges.
    • Foreign Ops – Special Olympics was awarded grants in support of program expansion in Russia and Romania. As part of USAID’s at risk children initiative.
presidential budget
Presidential Budget
  • SOI hired a consultant to cultivate relations and pursue funding from the Department of Education.
  • Tim Shriver personally met with Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans and had numerous telephone meetings with the Secretary and Karl Rove.
  • Results were:
    • Secretary Page and senior staff attended 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland
    • $2,000,000 line item placed in the President’s FY 2005 Budget under the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools … “provided further that …up to $2 million may be used to support the Special Olympics.”(first time for Special Olympics to be mentioned in Presidential Budget)
    • Secretary Evans spent a ½ day with the Special Olympics China program in Beijing

Secretary Page

Secretary Evans

In Beijing w/SO China

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Appropriations History
  • FY 2005 Request
  • Labor/HHS – Federal appropriation in the amount of $6,000,000 for the continued expansion of SO Healthy Athletes program has been requested
  • Labor/HHS -Federal appropriation in the amount of $2,000,000 in support of Special Olympics school and youth initiative supported in the President’s FY 2005 Budget has been requested
  • Commerce, State and Justice – Federal Appropriation in the
  • amount of $2,000,000 for continued worldwide expansion has been requested.
  • HUD – Special Olympics has requested federal support in the amount of
  • $3,000,000 for its urban initiative and for the initial development phase of a center of sport and learning
2006 national games
2006 National Games
  • SOI is working collaboratively with 2006 GOC:
    • Coordination between lobbying firms
    • Coordination with Congressional leaders, Congressional staff and subcommittees
  • 2006 GOC Request for FY 2005:
    • $2 million from Labor/HHS (Labor)
    • -$2 million from Labor/HHS (Outreach/Education)
    • -$1 million from HUD
    • -$1 million from Transportation
permanent authorization
Permanent Authorization
  • During annual Capitol Hill visits with Congressional leaders in the winter 2004 discussions were initiated about a permanent authorization.
  • Very positive response among leadership resulted in Special Olympics looking to Party Leaders from the Senate and House to become original sponsors. The following Congressional leadership stepped forward:
    • Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA)
    • Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
    • Congressman Roy Blunt (R-MO)
    • Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
press conference
Press Conference
  • Congressman Roy Blunt called a press conference to announce The Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act on June 24, 2004

Congressman Blunt

Conrgessman Hoyer

Senator Santorum

Senator Reid

special olympics sport and empowerment act 2004
Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act 2004
  • Purpose:
  • Provide support to Special Olympics to increase athlete participation in and public awareness about the Special Olympics Movement;
  • Dispel negative stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities;
  • Build athletic and family involvement through sport; and
  • Promote the extraordinary gifts of people with intellectual disabilities.
special olympics sport and empowerment act 200416
Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act 2004
  • Funding for 5 years at $15 million per annum will support:
    • Expansion
    • Healthy Athletes
    • Education Programs
    • Institute of Sport and Learning
original co sponsors
Senate

Allen (R-VA)

Bingaman (D-NM)

Bunning (R-KY)

Burns (R-MT)

Campbell (R-CO)

Cochran (R-MS)

Coleman (R-MN)

Collins (R-ME)

DeWine (R-OH)

Dodd (D-CT)

Durbin (D-IL)

Enzi (R-WY)

Grassley (R-IA)

Hagel (R-NE)

Hutchison (R-TX)

Johnson (D-SD)

Kennedy (D-MA)

Kerry (D-MA)

House

Blunt (R-MO)

DeLauro (D-CT)

Hoyer (D-MD)

Latham (R-IA)

Kennedy (D-RI)

McCarthy (D-NY)

Miller (D-CA)

Regula (R-OH)

Serrano (D-NY)

Original Co-sponsors

Kerry (D-MA)

Kohl (D-WI)

Landrieu (D-LA)

Leahy (D-VT)

Lincoln (D-AR)

Levin (D-MI)

Lugar (R-IN)

Murkowski (R-AK)

Reed (D-RI)

Reid (D-NV)

Santorum (R-PA)

Sarbanes (D-MD)

Sessions (R-AL)

Schumer (D-NY)

Specter (R-PA)

Stabenow (D-MI)

Talent (R-MO)

Warner (R-VA)

congressional cultivation and stewardship
Congressional Cultivation and Stewardship
  • Annually SOI implements a series of cultivation and stewardship activities to help strengthen the relationship and support between Congressional leaders and Special Olympics. These activities include:
  • Capitol Hill visits by Special Olympics Chairman and Founder
  • Congressional Reception hosted by Special Olympics
  • Coordinating Program visits with Congressional leaders
  • Quarterly mailing of Spirit with note from Chairman/CEO

Senator Landrieu (D-LA)

visit with SO Uganda

next steps
Next Steps
  • Letter writing campaign in support of The Special Olympics Sport
  • and Empowerment Act;
  • Assistance in recruiting additional co-sponsors for the bill
  • among Congressional leaders;
  • Establishing a government task force to work with Jim Schmutz
  • and Beth Alldridge regarding grant distributions to US Programs
  • for Special Olympics expansion;
  • Development of an annual advocacy effort on Capitol Hill with
  • Congressional Leaders involving all US programs;
  • Development of an ongoing communications process between
  • SOI and US programs regarding Government Relations