Special Olympics Kansas, Inc
5280 Foxridge Drive
Mission KS 66202-1567
Two of the first quintuplets born prematurely in Kansas, Global Messengers and Athletes, Kasey and Mallory exemplify the SOKS Spirit
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 236-9290
Mission Statement
Special Olympics Kansas 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. Offering year-round initiatives to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics Kansas is a platform for acceptance and inclusion as well as one of the largest advocates for healthy lifestyles in the state – regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or cultural differences.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. John M Lair
Board Chair Mr. Glen Grunwald
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1979
Former Names
Kansas Special Olympics
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Special Olympics Kansas 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. Offering year-round initiatives to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics Kansas is a platform for acceptance and inclusion as well as one of the largest advocates for healthy lifestyles in the state – regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or cultural differences.
Background Statement Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded Special Olympics in 1968 based on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities were far more capable than commonly believed and deserved to be given more opportunities in life. By providing a foundation through participation in sports these individuals would be given an opportunity to have a healthy lifestyle and develop life skills such as leadership, team building and peer recognition. Originating from Camp Shriver, a day camp for people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics officially began on July 20, 1968 with the First International Special Olympics Games held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. One thousand athletes from the United States and Canada participated in track and field and aquatics events, six of whom were from Kansas. Two years later in 1970, the first Kansas Special Olympics event was held at Parsons State Hospital and Training Center where approximately 300 athletes participated. Due to its importance in the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics was administered as a program within the Association for Retarded Citizens until 1979 when it became incorporated within the state as a 501(c)3 organization. Since then, Special Olympics Kansas has grown to be a leader in nonprofit organizations and serves over 5,000 Kansas adults and children with intellectual disabilities. Programming has grown from simply sports and training to include initiatives based on athlete leadership training, health education and screening and acceptance and inclusion among the general population. Today, Special Olympics Kansas provides programs for individuals beginning at age 3.
Impact Statement Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS) is an organization that utilizes the power of sport as a catalyst for social change. Our Mission is a relevant today as it was almost 50 years ago when the organization was founded. As Nelson Mandela said, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does…sport can create hope, where once there was only despair…it laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.’

2017 Accomplishments:
  • Provided free health screenings and educational information to over 1,000 Special Olympics Kansas athletes through our Healthy Athletes program.
  • Over 250 Unified Champion Schools partners participated in our Unified Sports programming.  Helping to combat bullying and building communities on inclusion.
  • 4,955 people with intellectual disabilities participated in programming throughout Kansas.
  • Over 20,000 volunteers were screened, trained, and utilized at various Special Olympics Kansas events.
2018 Goals:
  • To empower athletes to perform at their best, whether on or off the playing fields.
  • To build communities of inclusion throughout Kansas where people's abilities are celebrated.
  • Building capacity by improving the resources and leadership of the organization.
Needs Statement
  1. Building Maintenance Fund - $150,000
  2. Current maintenance needs: replacement windows $30,000; building siding $32,500; outside painting $7,500: and internal upgrades and updates $80,000
  3. Communications equipment needs (camera, video, software) - $45,000
  4. Replacement of sports equipment - $20,000
Service Categories
Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Special Olympics
Health Support
Areas of Service
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Established in 1969 and incorporated in 1979, Special Olympics Kansas has remained true to its stated mission of providing a better quality of life for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) for more than 45 years.  In support of the mission, Special Olympics Kansas has been successful in impacting the quality of life for all residents of Kansas in a number of ways.

Make an Impact
  • Special Olympics Kansas provides an opportunity to make a positive change in the lives of aspiring athletes throughout the state.
  • We provide an inclusive outlet for health, wellness and competition to the intellectually disabled.
  • Special Olympics Kansas creates a lifelong impact on the athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff that share in our mission. 
Achieve More
  •  We support individuals with intellectual disabilities across Kansas to realize their full potential through athletics, health and wellness, and leadership development.
  • We provide opportunities for volunteers to answer a challenge to help others share in the glory that comes with Special Olympics.
  • In concert with Special Olympics International, we work together as an organization to provide a first-class experience for all who share in our mission. 
Compete Together 
  • We promote acceptance and inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • Together as an organization of volunteers, athletes and coaches, we create a safe, healthy and active environment for all.
  • Among those with special needs and those who support the cause, we ensure the spirit of togetherness and competition is alive and well across the state of Kansas. 
There are two major challenges facing the organization in 2016: 
1: To improve opportunities for athletes to perform at their best SOKS must improve the quality of programs, and broaden access to them. This means strengthening our focus on sports programming, supported by our health work, so that athletes are fit and healthy, master skills, build confidence and self-reliance, and perform at their best on and off the field.
As we do this, Special Olympics will use its expertise to be a leader on how to achieve inclusion in and through sport, and improve access to the effective programs we have, rather than creating new ones.
SOKS will:
  • Improve the quality of sports programming.
  • Increase inclusion through Unified Sports and Young Athletes, particularly in schools, and through expanding to new areas.
  • Grow our health program to support athlete participation in society.  
2:  Build positive attitudes towards people with ID.  Attitude change must be a deliberate outcome of Special Olympics.  We create change from others engaging with and witnessing our athletes as they participate in sports. It is essential that Special Olympics continuously works to improve awareness of what people with ID can achieve. We need people to see our athletes competing, and athletes leading the way s the face and voice of our movement; that is what opens hearts and minds and ultimately promotes inclusion in friendships, communities, health, education and jobs.
SOKS will:
  • Improve external awareness through PR, celebrities, and government engagement.
  • Connect the movement using the latest technology so that we harness our power and speak with a collective voice.
  • Maximize external impact of Games and Competition to showcase athletes' abilities.
Description To offer each athlete the opportunity to develop to his/her personal best through the activation of sport and athlete development models.  Programs offered in this category improve the health, physical fitness, nutritional habits and social interaction of persons with intellectual disabilities.  We aim to help athletes, families and coaches to improve athletes' fitness and general health through expansion of our Healthy Athletes and Healthy Communities Initiatives. We will work with governments, non-governmental organizations, universities and the private sector to encourage them to provide better healthcare for people with ID.
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Special Olympics Progams
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Adults, K-12 (5-19 years)
Short-Term Success Participants will be able to socially interact with their peers and volunteers. They will do this while benefiting from the social, health and fitness aspects that come with regular quality sports training and competition.
Long-Term Success Increased physical activity levels and better general health and nutrition result in improved quality of life for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. In turn, the public becomes more aware and educated about children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Program Success Monitored By Measure satisfaction levels via post-event evaluations distributed to coaches, committee members, family members and volunteers. Hold Athlete Input Councils to receive athlete feedback. Track attendance at social activities such as the Olympics Village and the award’s banquet and dance. Determine the increase in participation in athletic events by both athletes and coaches over the previous year.
Examples of Program Success High retention rates of athletes, coaches, volunteers and committee members demonstrates satisfaction and rendered benefits. Stories received from athletes and their families detailing their accomplishments articulates the positive impact that SOKS and our programs have upon their lives.
Description The transformative power of Special Olympics Kansas comes when we build communities of change around the athletes, creating demonstrable impact at multiple levels of society. Engage Communities is dedicated to the education, motivation, and activation of community organizations in support of the acceptance, respect and inclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities. A major emphasis of this program is to partner with schools. This initiative works to eliminate the social barriers and challenges impacting the lives of individuals with disabilities.  SOKS has developed an interactive website for schools to enhance this initiative. In addition, we are increasing inclusion through Unified Sports and Young Athletes in schools and through expansion into new areas.
Program Budget $5,000.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, Adults, At-Risk Populations
Short-Term Success

The projects conducted within the community and schools varied from support for the R-Word campaign to educating the regular education students and community leaders about acceptance and inclusion.

Long-Term Success
The future leaders are becoming knowledgeable about individuals with disabilities.  As they progress into leadership positions, they will be more aware of persons with disabilities throughout the communities and today's students will be better prepared to provide services and programs.
Program Success Monitored By Schools report the results of various projects they conduct to SOKS.  The Kansas High Schools Activities Association works in cooperation with SOKS to monitor and oversee the various school projects. 
Examples of Program Success

Unified Sports program is a success.

Leveraging the unique skills and gifts to set standards of excellence, developing leaders, systems and tools to "raise the bar".  Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) train athletes to serve in meaningful leadership roles outside of sports competition.  The programs educate and train Special Olympics athletes in leadership and public speaking principles so that they are able to participate as a spokesperson, coach, team captain or official. We will highlight athlete's talents, and use athlete leaders as the voice of our movement; and adapt our message to ensure that far more people hear about, take part in, or watch our activities from local communities to the global stage.  Moving forward sharing messages so members can communicate externally in a consistent way and creating opportunities for athletes and families to tell their stories will challenge communities to see people with ID differently and appreciate their talents. 
Program Budget $138,980.00
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Leadership Development Programs
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short-Term Success Global Messengers graduate from a three-month curriculum, created by Gallup, analyzing and utilizing their strengths and interacting with mentors.  Global Messengers will deliver quality presentations to groups/organizations/businesses across the state of Kansas after completion of the program.  The individuals also work proactively to seek opportunities to speak about Special Olympics.
Long-Term Success One Global Messenger (GM) will have the opportunity to be elected to the SOKS Board of Directors and actively participate in board meetings.  GMs will promote leadership opportunities and serve as leaders on their local teams. GMs will participate in a national Athlete Input Council through surveys and interviews for Special Olympics Inc.
Program Success Monitored By
Maintaining communications with trained Global Messengers to ensure they are fulfilling their commitment to the program and by tracking the number of presentations made.
Examples of Program Success

From schools to corporate meetings, myths are dispelled every time a Global Messenger makes a presentation and talks about their strengths and the benefits of participation in Special Olympics.  Some presentations are posted through social media channels which also spreads the work of their accomplishments.  When athletes move from the role of participant to coach it displays their ability to teach and encourage younger athletes.

CEO Comments
Special Olympics Kansas is an organization, who along with the approximately 35,000 constituents, works diligently to provide a better quality of life for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Securing adequate resources is vital to the success of Special Olympics Kansas over the next five years.  The aim is to align existing and new partners with our strategies, and combine increased resources with dynamic leadership to deliver the best possible impact for people with ID. In addition, we will integrate athletes, families, and young people as we implement every aspect of our goals, especially in leadership roles, to ensure success.  
Special Olympics athletes will have increased, year-round opportunities to participate, and improved quality.  Setting higher expectations for everyone, and emphasizing coaching as key to high quality sports experience.  
Special Olympics Kansas is energized by the pride and power of teamwork to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to be an athlete, and more, through achievement, acceptance, inclusion, physical fitness, health and nutrition programs and leadership development.  Together, we will achieve. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. John M Lair
Term Start May 2017
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mr. Chris Hahn -
Senior Staff
Title Senior Vice President of Sports
Experience/Biography Tim holds a bachelor’s and masters degree from the University of Kansas. He has over 20 years experience in sports event management and is a regular community volunteer with special emphasis on youth sports.  In addition, Tim has 20 years experience officiating in multiple sports at both the High School and Collegiate level.  Tim is responsible for developing, coordinating, implementing and supervising the annual programs of competition, training and fitness events for Special Olympics Kansas. The Sr. Vice President of Sports is responsible and accountable for directing and managing the Special Olympics program at the Regional and Local levels of the organization. This position reports directly to the President/CEO of Special Olympics Kansas.
Title VP of Development
Paid Full-Time Staff 14
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 25000
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 95%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 16
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 10
Male 5
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter1970
American Legion2005
Autism Speaks2009
Families Together, Inc.2009
Knights of Columbus1990
Kansas City Autism Training Center2009
Lawrence Autism Society2009
Kansas Law Enforcement Agencies1980
Kansas Optometric Association2007
Kansas State High Schools Activities Association2009
Kansas State University2009
Oral Health Kansas2004
University of Kansas1995
Wichita State University1990
Special Olympics, Inc.1979
External Assessment and Accreditations
Special Olympics International, Inc1979
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Glen Grunwald
Term Oct 2017 to Dec 2020
Email ggrunwald@cox.net
Board Members
Josh Alters Special Olympics Kansas Athlete Ambassador
Ms. Kate Barthuly KeyBank
Jeff Bragg Olathe Police Department
Mr. John Cassidy Unimark - Retired
Mr. Dan Dolan Tax Favored Benefits, Inc.
Mr. Glen Grunwald Glaxo Smith Kline - Retired
BJ Harris Kansas Shrine Bowl
Mr. Allan Henderson Coach/Parent
Ms. Sherri Hetler Hawker Beechcraft
Jennifer Hughes High Touch, Inc.
Mr. Rick Jones Nearing Staats Prelogar & Jones, AIA
Mr. Tim Klein Abilene School District - Special Needs
Mrs. Tonia Lee
Ms. Elena Lincoln District Special Education Director, Emporia Schools
Principal Amy Loder Ross Elementary School
Mr. Taylor Miller U.S. Bank
Mr. Cory Powell Thermal Mechanics, Inc.
Mr. Travis Salmon Polsinelli Shughart PC
Adam Taylor Prairie Village Police Department
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 76%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 33%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 25%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Affairs
CEO Comments
As previously discussed there are two major challenges that face SOKS moving forward:


  • To create additional opportunities and experiences to enhance the involvement of individuals and volunteers to create a diverse pool of people with varied experiences from whom to draw when opportunities arise; and to encourage and provide these individuals with the training necessary to retain their involvement beyond a single event or activity. 
  • To become less dependent upon a single funding source as the largest piece of the annual budget and move toward no one source providing more than 30% of the organizations funding through improved marketing of events and programs, increased sponsorships and establishment of an Individual Giving Program.
  • Special Olympics Kansas has a tradition of providing superior services to adults and children with intellectual disabilities.  SOKS has established an intricate network of supporters including: in-kind donors that contribute upwards of $500,000 per year, corporate sponsors such as  Spirit Aerosystems, community partners such as the Knights of Columbus, and thousands of community volunteers whose lives have been touched by the athletes of Special Olympics Kansas. With this network of support, expertise of staff and the wide-spread knowledge of the programs, SOKS programming will be sustained for many years to come.


Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $1,779,118
Projected Expenses $1,773,987
Endowment Value $205,471
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2013: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
  • "Other" revenue for all years includes funding from Special Olympics International cooperative projects.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$24,220$24,474$29,384
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$452,393$406,249$375,362
Revenue In-Kind$169,912$107,942$100,425
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,956,202$1,724,010$1,759,003
Administration Expense$233,941$233,265$137,419
Fundraising Expense$361,573$379,938$353,173
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.021.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%74%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue16%18%17%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,910,425$1,863,459$1,832,639
Current Assets$1,187,007$1,069,462$1,065,720
Long-Term Liabilities$93,084$95,348$90,859
Current Liabilities$98,121$47,255$78,995
Total Net Assets$1,719,220$1,720,856$1,662,785
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities12.1022.6313.49
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets5%5%5%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountKnights of Columbus $63,060 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountStanion Wholesale Electric Co. $48,350 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBlue Cross Blue Shield Of Kansas $35,500 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

Special Olympics Kansas has a tradition of providing superior services to adults and children with intellectual disabilities. SOKS has established an intricate network of supporters including: in-kind donors that contribute upwards of $500,000 per year, corporate sponsors such as Spirit Aerosystems, community partners such as the Knights of Columbus, and thousands of community volunteers whose lives have been touched by the athletes of Special Olympics. Due to this network of support, expertise of staff and the wide-spread knowledge of the programs, SOKS programming will be sustained for many years to come.

Organization Name Special Olympics Kansas, Inc
Address 5280 Foxridge Drive
Mission, KS 662021567
Primary Phone (913) 236-9290
Contact Email kso@ksso.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. John M Lair
Board Chair Mr. Glen Grunwald
Year of Incorporation 1979
Former Names
Kansas Special Olympics