About Us

Special Olympics Oklahoma History

Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. The first International Special Olympics Games were held in 1968 at Soldier Field in Chicago. There are programs in all 50 states and more than 4.4 million athletes in 226 Accredited Special Olympics Programs across more than 170 countries worldwide with 7 regional offices around the world, located in Africa, Asia Pacific, East Asia, Europe-Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East-North Africa and North America. Special Olympics, Inc. is a non-profit international organization located in Washington, DC.

Oklahoma’s first Special Olympics event was an athletics competition at the University of Tulsa in 1969. In 1972, Special Olympics Oklahoma was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is governed by a state-wide Board of Directors. Special Olympics Oklahoma is authorized and accredited by Special Olympics, Inc., for the benefit of citizens with intellectual disabilities. Today, Special Olympics Oklahoma benefits 12,100 athletes and is supported by over 13,000 volunteer coaches and thousands of sponsors, donors and volunteers conducting more than 175 sports competitions and training clinics every year.

Mission Statement

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

The Goal

The goal of Special Olympics is for all persons with intellectual disabilities to have the opportunity to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected by their families, friends and in their communities.

Benefits

Athletes carry the benefits from their involvement in Special Olympics with them in their daily lives at home, in the classroom, on the job and in the community. Families are strengthened and the community increases its understanding, acceptance and respect of these individuals.

Our Staff

President & CEO
Adrian DeWendt 918-221-9838

Chief Operating Officer
Derek Cain 918-221-9843

Sports and Training Manager:
Brittany Dionne 918-221-8644

Special Events Coordinator:
Bonnie Duffield 918-221-8288

Development Director:
Malayna Hasmanis 918-221-7487

Data Assistant:
Kim Largess 918-221-7104

Volunteer Manager:
Anne League 918-221-5101

Marketing and Communications Director:
Paige Martin 918-221-5047

Finance Director:
Nguyen Nguyen 918-221-5036

V.P. of Sports and Training:
John Seals 918-217-8946

Program Data Assistant:
Sue Shelton 918-217-8936

Board of Directors

Executive Board

Mark Wilmoth, Chairman

Stephen Bolden, Vice Chairman

Scott Moore, Immediate Past Chairman

Jennifer Annis, Secretary

Nicholas Paynter, Treasurer

Jim Scott, Program Representative

Nick Crouch, Development Representative 

Adrian DeWendt, Ex Officio

General Board

Dr. Travis Burkett

Randy Braucher

Jim Fisher

Justin Green

Kevin Gwaltney-Testerman (athlete)

Dr. Jennifer Jones

Gene Kirkland, Lt. Gen (retired)

Mike Klehm

Brian Matula

Linda McKown

Brien Mikell

William W. O’Connor

Larry Reece

David Seabolt

Financials

We take our mission very seriously and Special Olympics Oklahoma is proud to be able to return 90% of every dollar back to program services.

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