About The Cause

Did you know? The Orlando Chili Cook-off is hosted by Events for Change, Inc! Founded by local chili lovers, Events for Change, Inc. operates under a “good times for a great cause” philosophy. That is why 100% of the proceeds from the Orlando Chili Cook-off go to benefit Special Olympics Florida!

Special Olympics Florida is truly an amazing organization. Interested in learning more about them?

Check out these facts:
  • The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, at no cost to the athlete or their caregiver, as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem, socialization skills, and the life skills necessary to be a productive, respected and contributing members of their communities.
  • 200 million people have an intellectual disability, making it the largest disability group worldwide.
  • Special Olympics serves over 3.5 million people in more than 180 countries.
  • Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world.
  • Special Olympics Florida was founded in 1972, and currently serves 15,000 athletes who train and compete year-round, in 20 different team and individual sports of their choice.
  • Athletes can begin participation 2 years old and there is no upper age limit - there are athletes in their 80's competing!
  • There is never a fee to the athlete, or their families, for participation, so that no one is left on the side lines due to financial factors.
  • On any given day of the year, there is an average of 121 Special Olympics events being held around the world.
  • Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy, and the first International Special Olympics Games were held at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1968.
  • Special Olympics has a program called Unified Sports® where athletes with and without (called Partners) intellectual disabilities play together on the same teams. There are over 130,000 Unified Sports athletes around the world and over 196,000 Partners now engaged in Unified Sports.
  •  The Young Athletes Program is for children with special needs, ages 2 - 7, and introduces them to the world of sports through instructive play activities.