A More Inclusive Future for Washington A More Inclusive Future for WA State

It started with a question:

How Effectively are We Serving Athletes?

MAR 2020

Special Olympics pauses in-person events due to Covid-19. It provides a unique opportunity to examine how effectively the organization is fulfilling its mission.

AUG 2021

A six month audit reaching more than 50,000 of the organization's constituents, including athletes, volunteers, and donors, reveals common painpoints for each.

SEPT 2021

The findings spur in-depth conversations between the organization’s leadership, partners, vendors, and constituents about the best path for resolving these challenges.

NOV 2021

The result: five areas for operational improvements based on these findings and the development of a five-year strategic plan to implement changes organization-wide.

SEPT 2022

The statewide "Beyond Gold" campaign kicks off with an omnichannel effort to communicate the strategic plan's core initiatives, objectives, and benchmarks.

2023 & on

Over the five year course of the campaign, the organization will work to implement these changes organization-wide, making continuous improvements based on constituent feedback and new opportunities.

Our Purpose

"Beyond Gold" is Special Olympics Washington's multi-year strategic plan that's designed to reach more people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities in more places, create more life-changing opportunity and ignite support across the state. The plan is built on five pillars that ultimately empower participants on and off the playing field by expanding the scope of our services beyond competition and sports.

Community

Community initiatives that prioritize the needs of people with IDD and strengthen support from within their communities.

Leadership

Leadership initiatives that empower athletes to be advocates, ensuring that they are the ones leading the way.

Belonging

Belonging initiatives that drive inclusion for all people, especially in under-represented communities.

Equity

Equity initiatives that provide a better on/offline user experience for volunteers, athletes and people in their circles of care.

Connection

Connection initiatives that invite the community to experience the mission and impact of Special Olympics firsthand.

Working Together to Transform Lives

Join the team! Sign up to learn how you can help transform the lives of those with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities througout our state.

Athletes

Volunteers

Circle of Care

Partners

Donors

Beyond Gold Events

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FAQ

  • What is Beyond Gold?

    Beyond Gold is Special Olympics Washington's multi-year strategic plan and supporting campaign. The goals of the plan are to reach more people with and without intellectual disabilities in more places, create more life-changing opportunity and ignite support across the state.

  • How can I support Special Olympics Washington?

    There are a number of ways you can support Special Olympics Washington and our athletes including through your time and resources. At the moment, our greatest need is for volunteers and especially coaches. Sign up above and we'll be sure to keep you updated on upcoming events and opportunities.

  • How can I get involved with the Beyond Gold campaign?

    Over the coming years, we're excited to roll out new and improved programs that will positively impact the lives of people with and without intellectual disabilities. At this point, we're encouraging anyone interested in getting involved to sign up to receive updates. We'll have more to share in the coming weeks and months.

Have feedback or suggestions on the ‘Beyond Gold’ efforts or ways that we can improve? We’d love to hear them.