Draft an Athlete is a program that allows supporters of the movement to fund a Special Olympics athlete’s journey to National Games.
Special Olympics National Games
Every two years, alternating between Summer and Winter, athletes, coaches and mission staff represent PEI at Special Olympics National Games. Held in locations across Canada, Island athletes compete in a wide range of sports.
Join the Team—Draft an Athlete!
The Team PEI Draft an Athlete program allows local businesses to sponsor an athlete and / or coach in their communities. Sponsorship to the Draft an Athlete program will showcase your support for Special Olympics PEI and will help offset the cost of these Games. Businesses and employees may pledge to “Draft” a Team PEI member by holding their own internal fundraiser or by making a corporate donation.
When given an opportunity to experience the thrill of competition at a Special Olympics National event, words cannot describe the positive impact this has on an athlete and their family. Through competition, these athletes gain self-esteem, confidence and strength, which benefits all aspects of their lives.
By supporting the Draft an Athlete program, you are giving an athlete the full National Games experience, including staying in an athlete’s village while attending Games, the opportunity to participate in opening and closing ceremonies, high caliber athletic venues with qualified officials, access to social and Healthy Athletes events, and memories that will last a lifetime.
As a thank you for your donation or pledge of $850, you will receive the following recognition:
- Website: Recognition on the Special Olympics PEI website on the Team PEI page.
- Athlete Picture: A framed and autographed picture of the athlete you sponsored including a short biography.
- Send-off: Invitation to and an introduction at the Team PEI Send-off Pep Rally.
- Competition Update: Your organization will receive postcards from your sponsored athlete and updates from Team PEI.
- Tax Receipt: You will receive a charitable tax receipt for the full amount of your donation.
- Athlete Opportunity: The opportunity to partner with a Special Olympics athlete for a company function. Increase your community profile by hosting a ‘special event’ in partnership with Special Olympics PEI.
If you are unable to Draft an Athlete, but still wish to support Team PEI, please consider supporting the Team PEI Booster Club.
Thank you 2016 Draft Supporters!
A big thank you to the following companies and individuals for drafting a member of Team PEI 2016. Your support goes a long way in helping Team PEI Go for Gold in Corner Brook. See the full list of 2016 Draft an athlete supporters.