Special Olympics and P&G Say Thank You Mom

By May 5, 2011May 13th, 201217 Comments

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Many of us are mothers, who ultimately want what is best for our children. We want to see doors open for our kids and give them every opportunity under the sun.

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That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that The SITS Girls have partnered with Procter & Gamble from now until 4th of July to help honor moms to Special Olympics athletes who have supported their sons and daughters over the years. P&G has been a proud sponsor of the Special Olympics for over three decades. Because of this long-standing relationship, this year P&G is gifting a quarter of a million dollars to support local programs and services!

As part of our work with P&G, we would love to feature mothers of children with special needs. We want to hear and share your story with the SITS community, as well as meet the kids that inspire you to fight to open doors on their behalf. If interested in a feature, please send an e-mail to sitsspotlight@gmail.com and we’ll get you in our schedule.

Other ways to get involved:

In addition to showing your support to the women we will feature as part of this campaign, please consider getting involved in a way that will help boost P&G’s contribution even more! For every new Facebook fan or comment received at facebook.com/thankyoumom, P&G will donate $1 to support Special Olympics Team USA’s journey to the World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. Total, this could add up to an additional $250,000. It is an amazing opportunity to help fulfill the wish of every Special Olympics mom to see their son or daughter get the chance to reach their full potential!

Join the movement! All it takes is one click to learn more about the program. Get involved and get to know the Special Olympics athletes and their moms.

And if this video doesn’t inspire you to action, we don’t know what will.

Get the Kleenex ready!


  • Emily says:

    What a beautiful video! My brother has participated in the special Olympics, and it was one of the happiest days of his life!

  • Kay says:

    What a wonderful and worthy cause! I’m so pleased to see the Special Olympics getting support. All kids are capable of wonderful things: we just need to help them get there.

  • kelsey says:

    what a great cause!

  • Toni Subik says:

    I gave birth to two children with special needs, Karisa is now 13 and my son would have been 12 this coming October. They were both born with a genetic disorder called Partial Complex IV deficiency, a type of Cerebral Palsy which causes them to not be able to walk or talk, and is a progressive disease. So when I found this site I felt impelled to respond. My daughter and my son who has been gone since 6/13/2007, gives me the courage to move on and support those with special needs and the Special Olympics. It is such a beautiful thing to see. Thank you all, Toni

  • Cathy says:

    This is simply wonderful! I saw the Facebook post right after I published my blog post about my son’s Special Olympics for track and field from yesterday. Thanks P&G!

  • Heidi says:

    Being the mother of a special needs child is the most bittersweet, wonderful thing I have ever experienced. My live is richer for having had the opportunity to care such an amazing child. The highs are higher and the lows are lower than those with my ‘typical’ kid, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Cheryl D. says:

    This is so wonderful! The Special Olympics can make a world of difference is the self-esteem of a special needs child.

  • Jessica says:

    Such an amazing cause and so glad you are supporting Special Olympics. Makes me love SITS that much more. My oldest is a Special Olympian and plays every sport she can. I can’t tell you what it has done for her confidence and her sense of belonging.

  • I can relate. My son had some mild delays when he was very young, but they put him in a Special Ed pre-school classroom and while the teachers were very kind and caring, they weren’t doing much good on fixing any of the problems. So I found a program I liked clear across the country in Philadelphia. And I hopped on a plane as quickly as I possibly could to attend their week-long intensive Mother’s program. VERY intensive – 10 classroom hours a day, plus homework.

    And then I came home and I kicked ASS. Even though I was working full time, I spent every other spare minute working with my son, doing physical exercises, flashcards during mealtimes, Spanish tapes in the car, monkey bars in his bedroom, word signs all over the house, speech therapy twice a week, and every other thing I could possibly think of to do with him.

    Within two years, he not only started regular Kindergarten, he started at the top of the class and stayed there. He’s now an honor student in Jr High and is likely to be the youngest Eagle Scout in his Troop. He’s more than halfway there and hasn’t even turned 13 yet.

    When a Mom believes in her child and is willing to work HARD every day, there’s almost no limit to what she can accomplish!

  • Kathy says:

    This year was my daughters first Special Olympics! It was wonderful and she loved the training part! Thanks for supporting this great campaign!

  • Great work! I think we will join you in supporting my daughter who has not had the opportunities that others have in getting acquainted with S.O.! My daughter has never had the opportunity to be involved with Special Olympics! No one ever introduced us to the possiblity! I have joined in fund raising and the Sheriffs Run for the Special Olympics to honor my daughter! But I am surprised 14 years after a traumatic vaccine injury happened to my toddler. We are just now getting acquainted with S.O.
    Wow! Pleased to meet you all!

  • I’m a special needs mom and I love, love, love this campaign! The Special Olympics is such a fantastic organization and kudos to P&G!

    I submitted my info to be possibly be featured. I want everyone to know my precious little Molly!

  • Mama Kat says:

    So excited to be a part of this! I can’t wait to read more from the bloggers featured here in the upcoming weeks!

  • Luci says:

    That’s a wonderful thing to do! Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms in the group!

  • Anjie says:

    I love that P&G commercial! Makes me cry every time. This is a fantastic cause!

  • DIStherapy says:

    Thank you for supporting this incredible, life-changing program. My son and I will be there in Athens, and my recent post discusses exactly how each of us can lend a hand (or dollar)!
    “Ten Simple Ways to Support the Special Olympics”

  • Blond Duck says:

    What a wonderful cause!