Department of Florida

From the Chairman


This is feel-good opportunity for Legion Posts, Riders, SAL and Legion Auxiliary to come together for a great cause. These Special Olympics athletes are counting on you. Donate now to change a life. To compete, children (at least 8 years old) and adults (no upper age limit) with intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities are provided FREE training and there is NO COST for them to compete. Through the power of sports, those with disabilities discover new strengths, abilities, skills and success. These athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment—-on the playing file and in life. Your gift will change a life.

When you donate, all the money goes to Special Olympics Florida. Send your check to Special Olympics Florida, 1915 Don Wickham Drive, Clermont, FL 34711. Don’t forget to put your Post, Auxiliary Unit, SAL Squadron and Riders Chapter # clearly on memo line.

You also can receive Award Recognition at Department Convention:

  • Diamond Plaque $5,000 +
  • Special Plaque $1,000-$4,999
  • Gold Plaque $700-$999
  • Silver Plaque $500- $699
  • Bronze Plaque $300-$499
  • Certificate $100-$299

If you would like to receive award recognition, you must send the FL American Legion Special Olympics Report and Questionnaire with supporting documentation (copy of check, etc.) by MAY 1 to Department Headquarters. All plaques and certificates will be presented at Department Convention.

Department wants you to get credit for everything you do for Special Olympics whether it is donating your money or time volunteering ( so don’t forget to report as follows:

  • Post and Rider Chapters: report all information to
    Diane Schmidt, Department Special Olympics Chairperson
    Text-321-217 6699
  • SAL Squadrons: report all information to
    Detachment Special Olympics Chairman, Bernie Wildrick
  • Auxiliary Units: report all information to
    Department Auxiliary Secretary

Diane Schmidt
Special Olympics