Special Olympics Kansas Offers KC Chiefs VIP Experience

Special Olympics Kansas offers KC Chiefs VIP Experience

Fundraiser supports more than 4,200 athletes with intellectual disabilities

MISSION, Kan. – Special Olympics Kansas announced the launch of a new sweepstakes program Monday to help raise funds for programs assisting individuals with intellectual disabilities in Kansas.

The sweepstakes offers entrants a chance to win a VIP NFL experience at the Kansas City Chiefs game on December 15 against the Denver Broncos.

The prize includes tickets, a VIP tailgate experience, travel and accommodations, plus a $300 voucher to the NFL Fan shop.

Secondary prizes include a chance to win Bose headphones or gift certificates to the NFL Shop or Amazon. In all there are 10 chances for winners.

The sweepstakes is operated by Ascend Fundraising Solutions.

“We are beyond excited to launch this program that will give some Chiefs or Broncos fans the experience of a lifetime while helping our Special Olympics Kansas athletes reach their dreams as well,” said Heather Waters, Special Olympics Kansas spokesperson. “We are pleased to partner with the Ascend team to make this campaign a reality.”

The campaign will run through Giving Tuesday on December 3.

“It is our honor to partner with Special Olympics Kansas,” said Daniel Lewis, CEO at Ascend Fundraising Solutions. “This is an exciting opportunity for someone to win a great prize while supporting an organization that plays a critical role in the community.”

Individuals can make a donation at www.sosweeps.com to be entered in the sweepstakes.

Donations are not necessary to enter, but are most welcome to help achieve the goal of raising funds to assist Special Olympics Kansas and its mission to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports competitions, health and nutrition programs and leadership development. Details can be found at www.sosweeps.com.

The winning entry will be drawn on December 4 at noon.

For questions about the sweepstakes visit www.sosweeps.com or contact Special Olympics Kansas Sr. Vice President of Development, Luke Schulte, at schultel@ksso.org.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES
Interviews with Special Olympics Kansas staff can be arranged at the Special Olympics Kansas headquarters or outside Arrowhead Stadium by appointment Tuesday Nov. 5 thru Friday, Nov. 8. Email Heather Waters, watersh@ksso.org, to arrange for interview date and time.

ABOUT INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES
Intellectual disability (or ID) is a term used when a person has certain limitations in cognitive functioning and skills, including communication, social and self-care skills. These limitations can cause a child to develop and learn more slowly or differently than a typically developing child. Intellectual disability can happen any time before a child turns 18 years old, even before birth. Intellectual disability is the most common developmental disability. According to the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, an individual has intellectual disability if he or she meets three criteria: IQ is below 70-75; there are significant limitations in two or more adaptive areas (skills that are needed to live, work, and play in the community, such as communication or self-care); and the condition manifests itself before the age of 18.

ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS KANSAS
Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS) is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports competitions, health and nutrition programs and leadership development. SOKS is a non-profit organization supported almost entirely by corporate and individual gifts, and events. The generosity of Kansas organizations, individuals and statewide businesses enable the program to continue.

ABOUT ASCEND FUNDRAISING SOLUTIONS
Ascend Fundraising Solutions is a fast growing technology company that helps Charities, Non-Profits and Foundations raise money for their cause. They are the market leader in data driven charitable fundraising solutions including raffle and sweepstakes technologies. With offices in Toronto, New York and the UK, Ascend delivers their products to over 450 clients globally including some of the most iconic brands across the sports landscape and world leading charitable organizations. Contact: Dan Libro (416) 479 – 3873 info@ascendfs.com

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Media Contact:
Heather Waters
Sr. Vice President Communications
Special Olympics Kansas
Office (913) 236-9290 ext. 112
watersh@ksso.org

Event Contact:
Luke Schulte
Sr. Vice President Development & LETR
Special Olympics Kansas
Cell (620) 408-4450
schultel@ksso.org