Family Action Network (FANs)
Families are critical to the success of Special Olympics Idaho and provide invaluable benefits to family members who become involved. In fact, Special Olympics considers family members to be the most powerful and valuable natural resource available to the organization. Family members of an individual with intellectual disabilities can provide support to each other by sharing experiences, knowledge, challenges and joys.
A study in Connecticut showed that 97percent of families who have children with intellectual disabilities reported an improvement in their child’s self image because of their involvement in Special Olympics; 91 percent reported a new dimension of happiness for the family and 100 percent reported that Special Olympics is a good support group for the family.
And in a study conducted in the United States that documented the impact of participation in Special Olympics on families more than 75 percent reported that involvement in Special Olympics has connected them to a wider community of social support. In that same study 82 percent of siblings of athletes feel that Special Olympics has a positive impact on their family. 
How Families Connect
On a day-to-day basis, families connect by volunteering at athletic trainings, meeting in local gatherings, sharing links, sharing resources and information.  For every family, each new accomplishment is a joyful story and a reason to celebrate. 
Family Messengers
The Family Action Network (FAN) is looking for interested family members-parents, siblings and guardians- who are interested in sharing their experiences in Special Olympics with families of potential athletes, supporters and the community. The Family Messenger Program is much like the Global Messenger Program where athletes are trained to be ambassadors for the organization.  Family Messengers will be trained Special Olympics family members who will become advocates and valued voice of our movement

  • Be a family member (parent, sibling or guardian) of a Special Olympics Idaho athlete
  • Be a Class A Volunteer
  • Be a FAN of Special Olympics Idaho!


If you are interested in this exciting new program or have any questions please contact Shanna Endow at or 208-724-1717. 

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