Update: President Trump announced Thursday the Special Olympics will be funded. “I have overriden my people, we’re funding the Special Olympics,” Trump said.

The U.S. Department of Education’s budget proposal would eliminate federal support for
Special Olympics education programs. In response more than 60 Members of Congress
signed a letter urging full funding.

Leading the bipartisan effort are Bucks County Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and
Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney, John Katko, and Joe Kennedy III. The letter was
sent to the House Appropriations Committee, Thursday, seeking the fully authorized
funding level of $17.6 million.

“Special Olympics ensures every student has the opportunity to reach their full
potential,” Fitzpatrick said, adding Congress must ensure federal funding so Special
Olympics can continue its global effort on behalf of those with intellectual disabilities.

The Special Olympics was founded in 1968 fighting for the rights and acceptance of
intellectually challenged people through sport. The global movement encompasses over
5.1 million athletes and 1.1 million volunteers.