Stephens County

           Special Olympics


Mission + Vision



To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


It is the vision of our team to expand Stephens County Special Olympics to more young people and include the adult population. Through your support, we can pursue our mission of making the joys and benefits of Special Olympics a reality to more athletes each year.


To  help bring individuals with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens.

Thousands of volunteers implement the Special Olympics program on the grassroots level. They serve on management teams, organize and conduct local area and state Special Olympics activities and competitions, and assist in fundraising efforts.


Stephens County Special Olympics Thanks You For Your Support

If it were not for the dedication of community minded businesses, and individuals like you, our organization would not be able to function for our athletes. Through involvement in Special Olympics, athletes with intellectual disabilities gain confidence, improve their physical fitness, and experience all the benefits of sports participation. Special Olympics of  Georgia/Stephens County does not charge its' athletes a fee for participation. We receive no outside funding. Donors provide operating support, sponsor competitions, help with uniforms, registration fees, transportation, and supply in-kind goods and services.  The money you donate stays here, local. That's right...Your generosity will benefit athletes right here in Stephens County. Please help us reach one more Athlete!  

Below is a list of local contributors that have given to our organization:

  • Osborne Wood Products
  • Georgia Carolina Radio-Casting
  • Crown Resources
  • B-SHOC
  • Patterson Pump
  • CATO'S
  • 1st Franklin Financial
  • Belk (fund-raiser)
  • GEM Southeast Industries
  • Eastanollee Baptist Church
  • PTL Equipment
  • James Irvin law Firm
  • McNeely Foundation
  • Kent Shilabo-Kls Specialty
  • Toccoa Clinic Pharmacy    
  • Lanier Clothes
  • Bojangles
  • ​American Woodmark Foundation
  • Lavonia/Toccoa Raceway’s


Angel Simmons​
Senior Athlete

Fourteen year old Angel Simmons was born in Stephens County.  She was born 27 weeks premature and weighed only 2 lb, 12 oz. Angel was transferred to Crawford Long Hospital where she stayed in NICU for 2 months

Angel was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy on the right side when she was born, seizures at age 3, and other health problems.  Angel does not let the health problems get her down. She has been involved with Special Olympics bowling and spring games since Kindergarten.  Since 6th grade, Angel has also been involved with fall and winter state games and the local basketball camp.
Despite her health problems, Angel goes out and works hard to achieve goals. She always puts the Lord first in all she does. She knows with God all things are possible.  Without Jesus she may not have been able to achieve all those goals! Angel’s message to all athletes is, “Don’t ever give up!  Always remember we all are winners in God’s eyes!”.