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How You Can Help Special Olympics Athletes Follow Their Dreams

Celebs, Olympians, and star athletes are throwing their support behind fundraising campaigns to help special athletes get to the Games.

Being part of the Special Olympics is a dream for many athletes, but the financial costs of participating in the Games can be taxing on their families. The Special Olympics are being held in Austria from March 14-25 this year, but many athletes and their families are still raising funds for the trip. Luckily, they’ve gotten a bit of help from a handful of celebrities, Olympians, and professional athletes who are sponsoring GoFundMe campaigns to help the athletes and their families get to the Games.  

Here are the athletes and their sponsors:

Snowboarder Daina Shilts GoFundMe Courtesy of GoFundMe

Daina Shilts is a 25-year-old snowboarder who's gained confidence from her sport and loves the feeling of freedom it gives her. Her campaign is sponsored by Olympic gold medalist and fellow snowboarder Hannah Tete.

Snowboarder Chris Perdue GoFundMe Courtesy of GoFundMe

Chris Perdue is another snowboarder who’s hoping to participate in the 2017 Special Olympics. His campaign is sponsored by Olympic Snowboarder and two-time X Games Champion Danny Davis.

US Special Olympics Speedskating Team GoFundMe Courtesy of GoFundMe

The US Special Olympics Speedskating Team is headed to Austria and they’re sponsored by Apolo Ohno, eight-time Olympic medalist in speed skating.

The US Special Olympics Floor Hockey Team GoFundMe Courtesy of GoFundMe

The US Special Olympics Floor Hockey Team also could use some support. They’re sponsored by Andre Drummond, center for the Detroit Pistons and NBA All-Star.

The Special Olympics Figure Skating Team GoFundMe Courtesy of GoFundMe

The Special Olympics Figure Skating Team also has Olympic dreams. They’re being sponsored by actress and E! host Maria Menounos.

The Special Olympics are only a few weeks away, so head on over and donate today! It will mean the world to these athletes and their families.

Jamie Pacton writes middle grade and young adult fiction, drinks loads of coffee, dreams of sailing, and enjoys each day with her husband and two sons. Find her at www.jamiepacton.com.