Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano’s offices are accepting charitable donations for Special Olympics of Pasco during the month of February, according to a news release from the tax collector’s office.
Special Olympics of Pasco is a sports and training program for people with intellectual disabilities, and includes training in about two dozen sports, which is provided for free to about 1,500 participants, the release says.
Funds raised last year helped the Pasco team attend the 2022 National Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando.
At the event, the Pasco County flag football team, the Dolphins, won gold.
All funds raised during this charitable giving effort will support the improvement of athletic programs for participants and will help offset costs of trips to Special Olympics games.
“Fundraisers like Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano’s are essential for equipment and uniforms along with training for volunteer coaches who create joy on the court and fields,” Amy Selvey, director for Pasco Special Olympics, said in the release.
“We will be able to send athletes to county, area, and summer games over the next three months and with those experiences, our athletes will grow personally. We appreciate every donation, but we also appreciate the exposure to our Pasco programs. We don’t want athletes to miss out, so public awareness is how we reach them all. We are grateful for the partnership with Tax Collector Mike Fasano,” Selvey added.
In the release, Fasano said: “Special Olympics of Pasco has long held a special place in my heart. I’m proud that our staff and our community supports this organization that helps bring purpose to so many lives. The athletes and the volunteers who work with them are some of the kindest, most positive people I have ever met. So many of the athletes have intellectual challenges that make life difficult. To see the joy on the face of an athlete as they cross the finish line is indescribable. Special Olympics of Pasco provides a respite from the difficulties many face daily. It also provides a place to be with others who also aspire to do their very best.”
For more details regarding the charitable giving program, or services provided by the Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office, call Greg Giordano, assistant tax collector at 727-847-8179, or visit PascoTaxes.com. For more information about Special Olympics of Pasco, call Amy Selvey, Pasco Special Olympics Director at 727-492-8413, or visit SpecialOlympicsFlorida.org/westcoast.
Published February 01, 2023