There are many ways to help Special Olympics and Area 26...

Besides donating your time, our programs exist only because kind individuals and organizations donate funds for equipment, venues, and training.

In addition, donors get the satisfaction of knowing they are making the world better by fostering inclusion. 

Fundraising and Donations

Special Olympics Area 26 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities through sport. We rely on our local community for financial support as well as volunteer assistance. It is the generosity of a few businesses in Northern Virginia, organizations, and individuals that contribute and support our athletes in Northern Virginia. When over 13,000 athletes with an intellectual disability swing a bat, kick a ball or race down the slopes, they’re not just training for the game – they’re training for life.
A 1995 Yale University study proved it: our athletes consistently do better at school, at work and at home than their peers not involved in our year-round sports program. Your monetary gift will help our athletes succeed – in competition and in life. 

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Donate to Area 26

Direct giving is tax deductible, as Area 26 is a recognized 501(c)3 charity.  Your generosity is most appreciated.  

Corporate branch offices with community based funds, and local companies with offices or employees in the Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington County areas may give directly to support Area 26 programs.

Donations by Check can be made to Special Olympics Virginia with Area 26 in the memo line.    They can be mailed to the Area office at:

Special Olympics VA Area 26
PO Box 396
Oakton, VA 22124

If you have questions, you can contact the Fundraising Coordinator from the clickbox

Contact the Fundraising Coordinator

Formal Giving Campaigns

There are several opportunities throughout the year to support giving at events such as Plane Pull,  Polar Plunge and our own Area 26 Golf Tournament. 

Click below to see the active option...

Current Campaign: Fall Golf Fundraiser

Special Thanks...

Annandale Sports has provided great service to Area 26 by providing special discounts for uniforms for our athletes and volunteers.   We thank them and encourage our community to support them as well.

Inzer has donated uniforms for our Powerlifting team and has discounted other items.  They are quality and give great service.

Bash Boxing owner Scott Parker is sponsoring regular BashMatches with our athletes, and also supports our Young Professionals from the Bronson Bierhall (as well as being a generous sponsor.)  Look for the article in our upcoming February newsletter.

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We occasionally receive offers of used trophies.  We appreciate the offers, but Special Olympics athletes receive new, specially designed medals or ribbons as competition awards. We do not accept donated trophies.

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Bequest Planning

Consider including Special Olympics Area 26 in your estate plans and make a lasting impact. For more information, visit our planned giving page, or contact Roy Zeidman, Senior Vice President of Special Olympics Virginia, at  the link below, or at 804.726.3022.

You can leave a legacy  that will impact athletes in perpetuity.

Contact the Giving Coordinator

A VERY Special Thank You to Porto Charities

Area Chair Elaine Tilton, Secretary Abby Lacy and Newsletter Editor Barry Tilton Joined Host Leo Alonso and the leadership of the Porto Charities organization for a wonderful event on Saturday the 8th of February, where Elaine accepted a $4,000 donation to Area programs from Porto.  

Porto Charities, an arm of the international Order of Alhambra (a Catholic men's and women's organization dedicated to assisting those with intellectual disabilities),  has been a sustaining supporter of Area 26 Special Olympics for many years, and their efforts have made the dreams of many athletes possible.  We 

Abby and Elaine at the Porto Charities Founder's Dinner

The Area 26 Delegation with BIG Money - Elaine, Abby, Barry, GMU Swim  Coach Debbie Bennet and athletes from all over the Area...

Leo Alonso, Porto Charities President, and his daughter present the award (and receive a standing ovation from the audience for all of their contributions to Special Olympics)

Support your local businesses while they support us...

Very special vendors in our area provide revenue share donations to Special Olympics from service events such as dining, golf outings and even dog washing.  Click here to see what is currently going on...

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