From a backyard summer camp for people with intellectual disabilities to a global movement, Special Olympics has been changing lives and attitudes for more than 43 years.
Melville, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/26/2012 -- Digital Processing Solutions, developer of the patent pending fundraising software (Digital Donations™), announced today the signing of an agreement with Special Olympics, New York. Digital Donations™ is a patent pending interactive marketing and fundraising technology that integrates with the majority of the major payment-processing platforms in the world, automating the fund raising process at the point of sale, which includes solicitation, collection and payment of donations to the charity being supported by the particular retailer.
Steve Itkin, Sr. Vice President, Digital Processing Solutions “I first became aware of Special Olympics while living in Southern California 25 years ago. The experience of helping coach these athletes created a lasting impression that continues to inspire me to help this wonderful organization. I have personally seen how sports transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and the joy that it brings to parents and siblings as they watch their children compete. We are thrilled to play a role in helping Special Olympics continue their great work.”
Renee Snyder, Vice President of Development “At Special Olympics New York, our mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community. Through their participation in Special Olympics New York athletes gain confidence and build a positive self-image, which carries into the classroom, the home, the workplace and the community.”
History of Special Olympics
It all began in the early 1960s, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver saw how unjustly and unfairly people with intellectual disabilities were treated. She also saw that many children with special needs didn’t even have a place to play. She decided to take action. Soon, her vision began to take shape, as she held a summer day camp for young people with intellectual disabilities in her own backyard. The goal was to learn what these children could do in sports and other activities – and not dwell on what they could not do. This vision eventually grew into the global Special Olympics.
About Special Olympics New York
Special Olympics New York was founded by Dorothy Buehring Phillips in 1969. That same year, New York sent a delegation of athletes and coaches to the Northeast Regional Special Olympics competition in Boston, Massachusetts. Special Olympics New York was fully incorporated in 1970 and Phillips was appointed the first State Director. In June, 1970, the first State Summer Games were held in Rochester. ? Today, we serve 55,698 (2011 census) athletes, making Special Olympics New York the largest program in the United States and the sixth largest program in the world. Special Olympics New York has its headquarters in Schenectady, with offices in the Long Island, New York City, Hudson Valley, Central, Western, Capital and Genesee regions.
About Digital Processing Solutions
Digital Processing Solutions (DPS) provides professional fundraising services for non-profits and merchants that seek to build a community or national based “cause marketing” program. DPS provides a comprehensive suite of patent pending interactive fundraising and marketing solutions (Digital Donations™) that can integrate with multiple payment acceptance devices. This includes retail point-of-sale, smart phones (proximity text based cause marketing), online shopping carts, ATM’s, information kiosks and Video on Demand systems that are utilized in the hospitality industry.