Special Olympics Virginia, Inc.
3212 Skipwith Road
Suite 100
Richmond VA 23294-4413
Mission Statement Special Olympics provides 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 the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. By using sport as a vehicle for social change, Special Olympics Virginia strives to create opportunities for meaningful interaction and self discovery for everyone. The organization's goal is to reveal everyone's inner champion. Special Olympics Virginia Inc. is the state program of Special Olympics Incorporated.
Web and Social Media
Multi-Media Comments Special Olympics Virginia is fortunate to have a wealth of multi-media resources showcasing the program.  Additional videos are available on our YouTube channel, YouTube.com/specialolympicva. Photos and albums are available on our Facebook page fb.com/specialolympicsvirginia.  We also have more than 15,000 fans across facebook, twitter and instagram,  which we use to promote our program and key events.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Richard P. Jeffrey III
Board Chair Kelly Mortensen
Board Chair Company Affiliation community volunteer
Contact Information
Address 3212 Skipwith Road
Suite 100
Richmond, VA 232944413
Telephone 804 346-5544
Fax 804 346-9633
E-mail info@specialolympicsva.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1975
Former Names
Virginia Special Olympics, Inc.1998
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $7,428,666.00
Projected Expenses $7,427,108.00
Additional Documents
Annual Report2016View
Annual Report2015View
Annual Report2014View
Annual Report2013View
Annual Report2012View
Annual Report2011View
Finance Report2011View
Annual Report2010View
Finance Report2010View
Annual Report2009View
Finance Report2009View
Attached for donor review is our 2016 Annual Report. Special Olympics Virginia is proud of its stewardship of resources spending over 89% on Program Services, 7% on Resource Development and 4% on General Administration.
Mission Special Olympics provides 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 the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. By using sport as a vehicle for social change, Special Olympics Virginia strives to create opportunities for meaningful interaction and self discovery for everyone. The organization's goal is to reveal everyone's inner champion. Special Olympics Virginia Inc. is the state program of Special Olympics Incorporated.


Top Accomplishments of 2016:

  • Achieved key milestones of our 3-year strategic plan based on the Four Disciplines of Execution (4DX) model. We now have active Unified Sports programs in nearly 300 K-12 schools in Virginia that impact more than 250,000 students. We are also making strides in raising more funds and increasing athlete/volunteer participation in our Healthy Athletes program.
  • Completed our third office remodel to better reflect our vision and create collaborative work spaces to inspire employees, volunteers and new community partners.
  • Prepared staff and internal systems for potential changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Broke the $1,000,000 barrier with the Polar Plunge Winter Festival at Virginia Beach for the sixth time; over $100,000 was raised by our Community-based and School-based programs as we continue to work on increasing collaborative fundraising opportunities for grassroots programs.
  • Broke the $1,000,000 barrier with the Law Enforcement Torch Run initiative for the fourth time through online fundraising and special events including the Plane Pull at Dulles Airport..
  • Invested in technology upgrades for our volunteer database and a launched a new web-based volunteer registration and communications platform (CERVIS).
  • Designed, launched and trained content specialists on how to use our new Polar Plunge website which is optimized for use on mobile devices. 
  • Piloted the launch of a new Young Professionals Board in Central Virginia.

Top Goals for 2017:

  • Continue to expand and support our school-based Unified Sports programs in K-12 schools across the state.
  • Increase the number of athlete health ambassadors attending our Summer Games Healthy Athletes screening program (goal is 44 per year over the next 3 years).
  • Increase the number of grassroots programs (Community-based, School-based and Law Enforcement) raising funds at collaborative events.
  • Increase the number of regional Polar Plunge events and launch a new Champs Challenge online fundraising program for endurance athletes.
  • Pilot our first state championship event(s) for Champions Together Schools in partnership with VHSL.
  • Research and apply for NAP credits to help boost corporate and individual donations during a period of unprecedented demand for our FREE year-round programs.



Top Needs for 2017:

1.     New, renewable revenue streams to support growing operating costs linked to the explosive demand for and growth of school-based programs. If sufficient resources are identified, we hope to end a 3-year freeze on our personnel plan in order to hire an additional fundraising professional in 2018.

2.     Additional funding and collaborative partners to help us maximize our health outreach programs. In addition to Healthy Athletes, we also host MedFests and would like to pilot some online resources for SO Fit programs based on initial successes documented in the Tidewater Region.

3.     Volunteers are essential to the success of Special Olympics.  Funding is needed to improve our overall volunteer training programs, including the development of online training modules, which would allow us to more easily provide more educational materials to our volunteers.  This would address our larger goal of creating a more effective volunteer infrastructure through improved recruitment and training.

4.     Funds to integrate external websites for our major events and initiatives into our new master site. Recent changes in Google’s mobile-friendly site policies mean that these external sites will no longer be prominently featured in Google’s online search results. Integration into our master site will allow for cost efficiencies and optimized end-user experiences.

5.     Critical to our success in urban areas is the Urban Program concept. Approximately $200,000 in annual funding is needed to ensure the continued growth of this successful program in Richmond that has grown from less than 100 athletes in 1996 to over 1,500 in 2016. A gift of $3 million dollars would ensure the future of the Richmond Urban Program and allow SOVA to expand and replicate the success of this program in other areas of the state.


Special Olympics is an international organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports every day, around the world. Through work in sports, health education and community building, Special Olympics is addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society.

 Although Special Olympics Virginia has always been about building a respectful, inclusive society, its earliest purpose lay in improving the quality of life for persons with intellectual disabilities through access to sport and recreation.

Incorporated as Virginia Special Olympics in 1975, the first office was housed in Norfolk. Later operating out of the Children’s Rehabilitation Center in Charlottesville in the late 70s and the Central Virginia Training Center in Lynchburg in the early 80s, the office finally settled on Richmond as a permanent location.

The first Summer International Games attended by Virginia athletes was held in 1979 in Brockport, New York, followed by participation in the first Winter International Special Olympics Games in 1985 in Park City, Utah. Since those early days, the now Special Olympics World Games, have been held at summer and winter venues around the globe, including Austria, Canada, Ireland, Japan, China and Greece.

Virginia Special Olympics held its first Summer Games at Virginia Tech and later at Lynchburg College, prior to establishing a relationship with the University of Richmond in 1985. The current state championship format and annual calendar were adopted in 1987 followed by a change in corporate identity in 1998 (from Virginia Special Olympics to Special Olympics Virginia). A refreshed brand identity was released in mid-2012 and was fully adopted ahead of the 2015 deadline.  Special Olympics Virginia now provides state championships in 13 Olympic-style sports for more than 20,000 actively involved athletes, with and without disabilities in our community and school-based programs. 

In addition to its core sports programs, our Unified Strategy for Schools, Global Messengers, Young Athletes™ and Healthy Athletes® initiatives provide Special Olympics athletes and their peers with opportunities for building self-advocacy skills, greater access to employment, community involvement and improved health.

With continued financial and volunteer support, Special Olympics Virginia is poised to inspire the first unified generation through the power and joy of sport!

CEO Statement

Special Olympics Virginia aims to provide opportunities that lead to a more enriched, accomplished and inclusive life for all persons with intellectual disabilities. At its core, Special Olympics Virginia improves access to sport, recreation and health services which can greatly improve the athletes' health and the quality of their life. Through their sport accomplishments, the athletes also develop confidence and self-advocacy skills which improve their access to services and employment, and lead to greater involvement in their community. Using sport as a vehicle, Special Olympics Virginia provides opportunities for genuine interaction between our athletes and their communities that can transform lives, change attitudes and inspire people to accept and include people with intellectual disabilities. When these socially transformative moments are repeated thousands of times over, the ultimate outcome could be a changed world; a welcome environment of respect, inclusion and unity where people with intellectual disabilities walk not as one among us but as one of us.

Board Chair Statement
As Board Chair, I believe that Special Olympics Virginia inspires greatness; greatness of spirit and will in lieu of physical, intellectual or fiscal greatness. The athletes of Special Olympics compete not only on the court or field, but in a world that is generally negative or complacent about the challenges facing those with intellectual disabilities. Their disabilities range in severity and for me it has been difficult learning how to adjust to their needs. Developing a personal relationship with athletes has helped me overcome that obstacle. I have learned how to interact more comfortably with those with severe, moderate and mild disabilities and how to enjoy their company. The real challenge of Special Olympics is getting everyone to understand that this is a diversity issue; that success, status and one's ability to make a contribution is relative. You can make a lot of new and valued friends when you look beyond the disability (or any difference) and see only the individual.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Special Olympics Virginia is a statewide organization providing opportunities for citizens with intellectual disabilities to display their skills in every community of the Commonwealth.  Our greatest success in Central Virginia is the Summer Games held each year at the University of Richmond.  The Summer Games bring together over 1400 athletes and 4000 coaches, volunteers and spectator/cheerers. This event also features our Healthy Athletes screening and treatment program.  Together, the cost to run these events exceed $450,000 annually. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Kelly Mortensen
Company Affiliation community volunteer
Term June 2016 to June 2018
Email kmortensen@verizon.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
Courtney A. Beamon Delta Airport Consultants, Inc.
Judge Harrison Braxton retired
Christopher U. Browne Washington Dulles International Airport
Patrick Chesnut Hart Technologies
John A. Denison Cherry Bakaert & Holland, LLP
Bill DeSteph DeSteph Enterprises
Dan Dougherty Colonial First Mortgage
Richard P. Jeffrey IIISpecial Olympics Virginia
Frank E. Jenkins Jr.Adams, Jenkins and Cheatham
Jim Kibler Virginia Natural Gas
Donnie Knowlson Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Services
Corrine Kosar Booz Allen Hamilton
Kami Lannetti Virginia Beach Public Schools
Terry Lewis Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Inc.
Eric Mann SunTrust Bank
Matt McDavid Ernst & Young
John F. "Rick" Meyers MDTuckahoe Orthopaedic Associates
Matt Mitchell GEICO
Marlene Mizell Community Volunteer
John N. Moreau Retired
Kelly Mortensen Flooring Adventures, LLC
David M. Rohrer Office of the County Executive
Chester H. Sharps M.D.Tuckahoe Orthopaedics
Frank Stephens Athlete
Ken Stolle Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office
Chip Tarkenton Owens & Minor
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 19
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 69
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 17
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Disability Insurance
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Standing Committees
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.

Special Olympics Virginia is governed by a Board of Directors of up to 25 persons who may serve two terms of three years each. Representation is statewide, and every effort is made to have a membership that is racially and religiously diverse. The Board of Directors governs the organization, sets policy, approves the budget, and provides oversight of resources and program. The challenge of any statewide Board is the ability of Board members to make the quarterly meetings. SOVA is addressing this through varying the meeting dates and times and by allowing some teleconferencing for members who must travel great distances. The other main challenge is to involve all Board in resource development and connectivity. This has been addressed through the nominating committee and its work to identify mature leaders at the peak of their careers who can provide maximum support.

Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Richard P. Jeffrey III
Rick Jeffrey, of Richmond, joined the staff of Special Olympics Virginia in 1986. He currently serves as President and is a member of the Special Olympics Virginia Board of Directors. Prior to assuming the role of President, Mr. Jeffrey served as Director of the Central Section, Director of Sports and Competition, Program Director, and Vice President Program.  
He has served on many national and international committees for Special Olympics including Basketball, World Games, Equalizing Competition, Professional Development and Extended Quota/Paralympics. He previously served as Vice Chairman of the Special Olympics North American Leadership Council and as Vice Chair of the National Association of Special Olympics Professionals. He currently serves as a member of the United States Leadership Council (USLC) and Chair of the USLC Sports Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Fried Center of Achieving Potential (FCAP).

Mr. Jeffrey is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and received a Master’s in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Former CEOs
Mr. John C. Braune June 1983 - Apr 1987
Virginia H. Foster May 1987 - June 2000
Senior Staff
Katie M. Botha Vice President, Development and Communications
Kim L. D'Errico Vice President Finance & Administration
David F. Pawlowski Vice President Program
Valerie L. Reinford Vice President Local Program Services
David E. Thomason Vice President of Advancement
Roy D. Zeidman Sr. Vice President Marketing & Development
Full Time Staff 31
Part Time Staff 6
Volunteers 11790
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 84
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2015
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
External Assessments and Accreditations
Special Olympics International, Inc2015

Special Olympics Virginia, Inc. a program of Special Olympics, Inc., is made up of 300 community and school based programs offering sports training and competition across the state for children and adults with and without intellectual disabilities. More than 20,000 athletes currently benefit from the program, which offers approximately 2,000 competition opportunities per year. Programs at the local, regional and state level are supported by volunteers of all ages.

Budget $7,141,467.00
Long Term Success

Diversification and growth of revenue to match rapid program growth (school based programs grew by nearly 75% from 2012 to 2015).

Description Summer Games, our largest statewide competition, is nothing short of legendary thanks to the overwhelming support of more than 4000 local volunteers who brave the summer heat to assist 1400+ Special Olympics Virginia athletes and coaches each June at the University of Richmond. Athletes come from all corners of the state to compete in swimming, powerlifting, softball, track & field, bocce, bowling and tennis. It costs approximately $175 per athlete to attend the Summer Games. You can ensure that local athletes have the opportunity to display their capabilities by sponsoring an athlete, a team or an entire delegation. Contact us to discuss these opportunities to share in the Victories of the athletes
Budget $450,000.00

In Central Virginia, we serve some of our largest grassroots programs in schools and communities across Greater Richmond and beyond. Our Urban Program, the only one of its kind in the country, provides targeted support to inner city communities and school in order to increase participation rates. Our Urban Program collaborates with Richmond Residential Services, Richmond Public Schools and the medical community to ensure that eligible athletes and partners receive FREE sports physicals and access to year-round sports training activities. Our James River Region boasts some of the largest (and cutest!) Feet Meet activities every Spring that involve K-12 participants, buddies and volunteers. Regional competitions are also held throughout the year to encourage athletes to strive for the best and advance to state, national and world games.

Population Served: Preschool, K-12, collegiate and community based programs that serve all ages (no upper age limit)


Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $550,000.00
Long Term Success

Special Olympics provides life-changing benefits that transcend the playing field for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and transform the attitudes of those without ID.

For the Athlete: Once ignored and neglected, hidden at home or isolated from the community, people with ID gain respect and acceptance because of their participation. Changing Lives through Sports—A Report on the Impact of Special Olympics found consensus among Special Olympics athletes, coaches and family members of significant improvement in athletes’ sense of self, social skills and social interaction due to participation.

For Society: Witnessing the accomplishments and joy of the athletes, millions of non-disabled individuals find that long standing myths are dispelled, negative attitudes are reversed, and new opportunities to celebrate the gifts of people with ID are created. As attitudes change our community becomes more inclusive and accepting.

CEO/ED/Board Comments

Special Olympics Virginia is constantly expanding to include new athletes annually into our unique Olympic style sports program; with a special focus on the younger age groups. Special Olympics Virginia, in partnership with the Virginia High School League, is developing school based Unified Sports programs, an integrated model where teams are made up of an equal number of intellectually disabled athletes and nondisabled teammates call Unified partners.  Increased funding, at both the state and local levels, is always needed in an effort to reach more persons with intellectual disabilities across the state in the elementary schools (Little Feet model), middle schools (Big Feet model), high schools (Champions Together model), as well as adults with intellectual disabilities in the community based programs. Persons with intellectual disabilities have very few sports  and fitness opportunities like their non-disabled counterparts. While they receive some physical education through the schools, and limited recreation opportunities through community parks and recreation departments, only through Special Olympics school and community based programs do they have the opportunity to train and compete in sports like their non-disabled counterparts and with them through the Unified models. It is through these opportunities that Special Olympics athletes interface with  individuals in the community and, through genuine interaction, change attitudes about the value of person with a simple human difference.  At Special Olympics Virginia, our entire strategic plan is developed around one simple concept: to inspire the first unified generation.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $7,428,666.00
Projected Expenses $7,427,108.00
Endowment Value $705,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$2,115,682$1,581,278$2,234,938
Investment Income, Net of Losses($8,652)$217,515$510,952
Membership Dues------
Special Events$1,478,454$2,028,954$1,473,422
Revenue In-Kind$2,652,900$3,114,180$2,927,754
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$6,484,254$6,849,738$6,422,009
Administration Expense$303,765$283,090$255,191
Fundraising Expense$577,406$527,319$555,783
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.041.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%89%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%12%12%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$8,519,265$8,617,722$8,186,004
Current Assets$3,842,059$3,819,645$3,871,276
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$227,432$329,409$223,985
Total Net Assets$8,291,833$8,288,313$7,962,019
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities16.8911.6017.28
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View
Solicitations Permit 11/2017View
Organization Comments

As more and more athletes train in their home communities, program costs expand. Facility rental, uniforms and equipment, housing and meals, supplies, and other program costs have increased. With 74% growth in school based programs targeting youth (preschool and K-12) since 2012, we have dramatically and rapidly increased the population we serve.  As more athletes are training and competing, more volunteers have been recruited and trained to serve them. In 2015, it will cost over 7 million dollars to carry out the program, of which 3 million dollars are donated goods and services. In 2016, it will cost almost 8 million dollars to carry out the program. We must procure more funding by strengthening our revenue streams, increasing out donor base and leveraging new opportunities, while maintaining our present degree of fiscal responsibility. We are very proud that 89% of our funds were spent on program, 4% on administration, and 7% on resource development.       

Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
  • Financial information provided by audit