Special Olympics Oklahoma, Inc.
6835 South Canton Avenue
Tulsa OK 74136
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
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 adults and children with intellectual disabilities. By receiving continuous opportunities to develop physical fitness, the athletes are able to prepare for entry into school and community programs, express courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and their communities.
Each year, more than 11,600 Special Olympics athletes compete in competitions and events throughout the state.
Contact Information
Contact Name Adrian DeWendt
Contact email info@sook.org
Address 6835 South Canton Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74136
Phone (918) 481-1234
Fax 918-496-1515
County Tulsa County
Alternate Phone 800 722-9004
How to Give
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/sook/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Checks can be mailed to:
 
Special Olympics Oklahoma
6835 South Canton Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74136
 
We have several fundraising events each year that you can participate in that include the Polar Plunge, St. Patrick's Day Run, various golf touranments and many other fundraisers.  Visit http://www.sook.org/fundraising.html to see the available opportunities.
 
In-kind donations of equipment, supplies and services are always needed.  In-kind donations are a significant portion of our overall budget.  In fact, 26% of our overall 2015 income was from donated products and services. Some of our needs include:
 
Sporting Equipment -volleyballs, softball equipment, stop watches, cones, bullhorns, bocce sets, bowling ramps, electric ball pumps, sprint timers

Office Equipment - laptop computers, tablets, printer paper, printer cartridges, photo paper, digital camera

Prizes for Fundraising Events - gift certificates, gift baskets, event tickets, sporting memorabilia

Services - printing, event production, video work
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,663,300.00
Projected Expenses $1,735,054.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
Oklahoma Special Olympics
Year Founded 1969
IRS Ruling Year 1972
State Registration Expiration Feb 2018
Statements
Mission
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. By receiving continuous opportunities to develop physical fitness, the athletes are able to prepare for entry into school and community programs, express courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and their communities.
Background
Special Olympics Oklahoma was started in 1969 with the assistance of the Tulsa Jaycees.  The first competition was held at Skelly Stadium on the campus of the University of Tulsa where 200 Special Olympics athletes participated. Special Olympics Oklahoma was incorporated in 1972 in the state of Oklahoma. 
 
The Special Olympics movement has grown tremendously over the years.  We have come a long way from our first event at Skelly Stadium when many, if not most, parents and siblings were still reluctant to be seen in public with a family member with intellectual disabilities. Today, over 11,600 Oklahoma athletes participate in our program. These athletes are supported by over 1,700 coaches that devote their time and experience to our athletes. There are over 11,000 volunteer opportunities available annually. Families, coaches and volunteers are proud to be part of Special Olympics.  
 
Special Olympics Oklahoma offers competition in 16 official sports year-round in traditional and Unified® Sports. Competitive sports programs include Alpine Skiing, Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Golf, Horseshoes, Powerlifting, Snow Shoeing, Speed Skating, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball, and Motor Activities Training Program. Unified Sports partners athletes with and without intellectual disabilities, of similar age and ability. Motor Activities Training Program is for individuals with severe and profound limitations.
 
In all, this unique program coordinates over 140 local, Area and state competitions each year. We have competitions and training scheduled throughout the year in all corners of the state. The benefits of participating in these activities include improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, a more positive self-image, friendships and increased family support. Special Olympics athletes carry these benefits with them into their daily lives at home, in the classroom, on the job and in the community. Families who participate become stronger as they learn a greater appreciation of their athletes’ talents. Community volunteers find out what good friends the athletes can be. Everyone learns more about the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities. 
Impact
Special Olympics is more than just sports. Special Olympics activities also contribute to the life-long physical, social and personal development of these special citizens of our state. By receiving continuous opportunities to develop physical fitness, the athletes are able to prepare for entry into school and community programs, express courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and their communities. Our goal is for all persons with intellectual disabilities to have a chance to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities.  Participating in Special Olympics can help accomplish this.

Our strategic plan has helped us identify some of our key future goals. Growth in athlete participation is our number one goal. We hope to serve an additional 20% more athletes within the next 5 years. 
Needs
Our Strategic Plan identifies a variety of needs for growth and sustainability.  Reaching new athletes, new volunteers, improved use of technology, raising funds and developing movement leadership are the most significant needs identified in our strategic plan. 
 
Athlete recruitment and outreach will always remain a priority for Special Olympics Oklahoma.  Recruiting new volunteers and the "next generation" of volunteers is critical to our growth and sustainability.  Improving and maximizing the use of technology is at the top of our list of needs.  We need to provide the opportunity for our constituents to access information via a web based server platform.  New funds will be needed to help us achieve our growth goals. We would like to increase our annual budget by 35% within the next 5 years and continue to diversify our sources of revenue.  Essential funding is needed to upgrade technology, both hardware and software.  Finally, a succession plan is being put into place at all levels of the organization to help us transition from leadership that has been in our movement for many years. Youth activation is very important for our organization to be able identify today’s youth to become our future key volunteer leaders.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
I am honored to serve Special Olympics Oklahoma as the President and CEO.  I enjoy watching the athletes excel in their specific events and mature over the years.  I am continually amazed by the numbers of volunteers, family members, sponsors, donors and the community at large that attend a Special Olympics event for the first time, and stay involved for years.  I am amazed by the dedication of our Board of Directors that embrace their fiduciary responsibility and think of the best interest of the athletes in all Board decisions.  I am impressed with our small staff of 11 individuals that dedicate so much of their lives to the movement.
 
The athletes are the leaders of this movement and are integrated into leadership positions within volunteer committees, games committees and on our Board.  Working with a Special Olympics athlete has changed all of our lives for the better.  It certainly has changed mine.
 
Adrian DeWendt
Board Chair Statement
I am honored and proud to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Oklahoma.  Our Board is a strong group of professionals from throughout our great state.  We are an active, dedicated group that considers the impact of our decisions on the athletes before we ever take a vote.  I am proud of our staff and the organization as a whole.
 
Our Board consists of a Special Olympics athlete, several parents of athletes, volunteer leaders in the movement, sponsors, donors, and corporate partners.  We understand that our role is to set the vision of the organization, update or ammend policies/bylaws and ensure those policies are being implemented by the staff and volunteers. We have several working Board committees that meet regularly including our Executive Committee.
 
Linda McKown
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
In all, this unique program coordinates over 140 local, Area and state competitions each year. We have competitions and training scheduled throughout the year in all corners of the state.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Human Services/Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Tertiary Organizational Category Human Services/
Programs
Description
Over 11,600 Oklahoma athletes participate in Special Olympics Oklahoma. Competition is offered in 16 official sports, including Unified Sports (partnering athletes with and without intellectual).  There are over 140 competitions and events are conducted annually throughout the state. The majority of these events are held at the local grassroots level.  The largest of our events are our Summer and Winter Games.   
 
The Summer Games are held each May on the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater. It is the largest amateur sporting event in Oklahoma and we are very proud to say we offer the largest Summer Games of any Special Olympics program in North America, where over 5,000 compete.
 
The Winter Games are held each January on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman and other venues in the Oklahoma City metro area.  This hosts over 2,200 athletes. 
Strategy
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
There are estimated to be over 75,000 people in Oklahoma with intellectual disabilities. Currently, just over 10,500 children and adults of this population participate in Special Olympics Oklahoma. A strategic planning initiative is being instituted by Special Olympics Oklahoma that outlines the future challenges and opportunities for the organization. In an effort to reach more of these individuals, our strategic plan calls for an aggressive program of outreach to increase our athlete participation.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.

The success of Special Olympics is not only be measured by the
number of Special Olympics athletes that participate but in the quality of the experience they receive. We continually collect data and evaluate our program to help us make improvements each year.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.

Special Olympics is the world’s leading voice in elevating awareness of the needs and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities.  Sports are at the heart, but our ultimate goal is to use stories of athletes’ achievements, skills and challenges to educate, engage and ultimately change attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities.

In 2011, Philanthropedia ranked Special Olympics the top non-profit
organization serving people with disabilities.  Philanthropedia is a subsidiary of GuideStar, which encourages charitable giving by promoting financial responsibility and transparency among
non-profit organizations.

Special Olympics Oklahoma was recognized by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits as one of the top non-profit organizations in the state. We received a “ONE Awards” in the sports organization category in 2009.

Description
Healthy Athletes was launched to provide more health opportunities, better understanding and training for health professionals, and an increase in access to health care for Special Olympics athletes.  Like any athlete, the Special Olympics athlete needs to insure that his/her body is in the best physical condition possible for training and competition.  The lack of access to good health care and the lack of trained professionals to provide services initiated the Healthy Athletes program.
 
Healthy Athletes screenings are held during Special Olympics events at the local, state, regional and international level. Data collected during these screenings will be used to learn about the health needs of Special Olympics athletes, to validate new testing methods, to create educational materials, and advocate programs, resources and polices. This data also helps health-care providers target resources and programs for people with intellectual disabilities.
Strategy
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.

Freddie Brumlow is a Special Olympics athlete from Minco, OK who has competed in Special Olympics for years. Freddie went through the Healthy Athletes Opening Eyes screening the first year it was offered in Oklahoma. He was unaware that he needed glasses and had never been tested.  After he went through screening process, Freddie was given a free pair of glasses.  Afterwards, he was sitting on a bench outside just looking up at the trees. Someone asked him what he was doing and he said "I've always enjoyed listening to the birds outside but he never was able to see them until ow."

Description
Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) and other initiatives have been developed to help these special athletes enhance their lives. ALPs were established to encourage athletes to take on roles in support of Special Olympics once considered “nontraditional” or beyond the reach of a person with intellectual disabilities. Through ALPs, athletes find new challenges and ways to utilize the wisdom that comes from their life and Special Olympics experiences while demonstrating their talents and interests that may have gone unnoticed before. 

Global Messengers, a program in ALPs, are leaders and messagengers communicating the powerful declarations of hope, acceptance, dignity and courage of Special Olympics  around the world. They help spread the message and vision of the movement as well as the benefits they have gained by participating in Special Olympics.  Athletes also train to become coaches and volunteers and even serve on our Board of Directors.
Strategy
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
Before Amy Wollmershauser got involved with Special Olympics, her parents remembered when “she was shy and recluse” and now “her self-esteem is way up there, right next to heaven … and it’s because of Special Olympics.”  Amy’s father said that Special Olympics is one of the best things that has ever been around.  “We have made a lifetime bond with everyone associated with Special Olympics.”  Amy went from being "in a shell" to become a Global Messenger.  She has spoken to thousands of people through public speaking and helped spread the message and vision of the movement as well as the benefits she has gained byparticipating in Special Olympics. 
Description

To reach more Special Olympics athletes in our state, we have developed a initiative called Young Athletes Program. Traditional Special Olympics events are for those 8 years and above with intellectual disabilities.  TheYoung Athlete Program gives future Special Olympics athletes ages 3 – 7 the opportunity to experience the atmosphere of Special Olympics events.

At Summer Games, Winter Games and Area events, these youngsters go through about a dozen stations, receiving training in different athletic events. At the end of the day, these "Stars of the Future" take to the main stage to show off what they’ve learned. Young Athletes Program is such a great tool to introduce Special Olympics not only to these young kids but also to their parents who may not be familiar with how truly a life-changing program Special Olympics is.

Strategy
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.

One parent said, “I have changed my expectations about my
child.” The Young Athlete program is also appropriate for preschools, schools and playgroups to use with small groups of young children with and without intellectual disabilities. The fl­exibility of Young Athletes ensures the opportunity to welcome families and their young children into the Special Olympics Oklahoma family.

Description

Throughout the Special Olympics movement, we believe that youth with and without intellectual disability be given the opportunity to lead in order to change core attitudes about inclusion, acceptance, respect and
social justice for all people with intellectual disability. Unified Sports, Project UNIFY, SO Get into it and Partners Clubs are initiatives that have been developed to engage today’s youth to help to build respect and understanding for all people with disabilities.  All of these initiatives empower today’s youth to take leadership rolls and strive to make this world more inclusive and accepting.

Strategy
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.

Unified Sports is fun for all ages, but is particularly powerful as an educational tool in schools. Special education teachers have reported the program to be extremely effective at integrating youth, promoting physical activity and inspiring leadership. One teacher reported, “I’ve seen more interaction on the field today between classmates than I’ve seen in my classroom all year.”

Trista Kutcher, a teacher and parent of a Special Olympics athlete said, "Thank you so very much from a teacher's heart. I absolutely love what I do and being able to guide my students to the level of acceptance and tolerance that your curriculum provides is incredible. Oh, what tools you have provided! Oh, the impact they will have!"

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Adrian DeWendt
Start Date Jan 1997
Email adrian@sook.org
Experience
Adrian began his career with Special Olympics Oklahoma in 1985 serving the Sports Department.  He worked for Special Olympics Kansas from 1989 - 1997 in both the sports department and as Development Director.  He became President and CEO of Special Olympics Oklahoma in 1997 and serves in the position today.
 
Adrian has served in several leadership roles within the Special Olympics movement including; United States Leadership Council, multiple Team USA Management Team positions, the U.S. Finance and Development Committee and is currently the Vice Chair of the International Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council.  Adrian is a member of the downtown Tulsa Rotary Club.  He has a bachelor of education and recreation administration degree from the University of Kansas.
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Derek CainVP of Development & Marketing
Teri HockettVP of Programs
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 11
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 11000
Staff Retention Rate 91
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 8
Native American/American Indian 2
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 8
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2012
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Collaborations
Other non-profits that serve individuals with intellectual disabilities participate in our programs. Group Homes, Community Based facilities and Down Syndrome Associations are the most common groups that participate. 

Many Oklahoma schools have incorporated Special Olympics into their Special Education program and other curriculums.  Throughout the Special Olympics movement, we believe that youth with and without intellectual disability be given the opportunity to lead in order to change core attitudes about inclusion, acceptance, respect and social justice for all people with intellectual disability.  Unified Sports, Project UNIFY, SO Get Into It and Partners Clubs are initiatives that have been developed to engage today’s youth to help to build respect and understanding for all people with disabilities.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Special Olympics International, Inc2012
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Top Non-profit Organization Serving People With DisabilitiesPhilanthropedia2011
ONE Awards - Top Sports OrganizationOklahoma Center for Nonprofits2009
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Computer Equipment and Software
Directors and Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Risk Management Provisions
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mrs. Linda McKown
Company Affiliation James Farris Associates
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Dr. Joseph Alexander Oklahoma State UniversityVoting
Jennifer Annis Atkinson, Haskins, et alVoting
Stephen Bolden Mysock, Chevaillier & Bolden, L.L.P.Voting
Randy Braucher Rent-A-CenterVoting
Mrs. Robin Cauthron U.S. District JudgeVoting
Edward Chatham Lone Grove Public SchoolsVoting
William Citty Oklahoma City Police DepartmentVoting
Nick Crouch Voting
Adrian DeWendt Special Olympics OklahomaExofficio
Nick Eschenheimer SMH CapitalVoting
Heather Hancock Special Olympics AthleteVoting
Biff Horrocks McDonald's of StillwaterVoting
David Lamb Bank of OklahomaVoting
Dr. Teressa McHenry Obstetrics and GynecologyVoting
Linda McKown Cox CommunicationsVoting
Scott Moore Ascent Healthcare SolutionsVoting
William O'Connor Newton, O'Connor, Turner & Ketchum, PCVoting
Dean Paynter Snap-On IncVoting
Brad Priest Capital AdvisorsVoting
Jim Scott City of StillwaterVoting
William Veytovich Special Olympics athleteVoting
William Wiggins Attorney at LawVoting
Mark Wilmoth PennWell CorporationVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 17
Female 5
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 52 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Youth
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the effective management, direction and mission of Special Olympics Oklahoma. The essential functions of the Board are policy making, the assurance of sound management, increasing public awareness of intellectual disabilities, and active participation in the provision of necessary funds. The Board has ultimate responsibility to determine policies deemed to be necessary for the administration and development of Special Olympics Oklahoma, in accordance with its stated mission and purposes. Directors shall serve for three-year terms and may serve a total of three consecutive terms.

Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017-Dec 31, 2017
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $1,663,300
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $1,735,054
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Revenue$2,197,563$2,799,703$2,538,183
Total Expenses$2,334,191$2,392,934$2,283,907
Revenue Less Expenses($136,628)$406,769$254,276
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
$1,541,781$2,116,755$1,656,866
Government Contributions$56,980$49,436$35,871
Federal$56,980$49,436$35,871
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
------
$35,634$36,940$34,363
Investment Income, Net of Losses$26,947$21,498$29,244
Unrealized Gain/Loss($59,383)$75,315$233,485
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$577,564$471,467$476,791
Other$18,040$28,292$71,563
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,002,813$1,946,648$1,949,643
Administration Expense$53,397$83,591$74,557
Fundraising Expense$277,981$362,695$259,707
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.171.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%81%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue17%17%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,148,917$3,282,025$2,877,873
Current Assets$434,476$472,836$614,230
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$95,120$91,600$94,217
Total Net Assets$3,053,797$3,190,425$2,783,656
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.575.166.52
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations & Corporations $1,541,781Foundations & Corporations $2,116,755Foundations & Corporations $1,656,866
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRevenue In-Kind $577,564Revenue In Kind $471,467Revenue In-Kind $476,791
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Fed $56,980Realized & Unrealized Gains/(Losses) $75,315Realized & Unrealized Gains/(Losses) $233,485
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements.
 
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Address 6835 South Canton Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74136
Primary Phone 918 481-1234
Contact Email info@sook.org
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/sook/
CEO/Executive Director Adrian DeWendt
Board Chair Mrs. Linda McKown
Board Chair Company Affiliation James Farris Associates