ORNL FCU proudly donated $4,808 to the Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville. The money was raised through a social media campaign on Facebook.
The campaign revolved around this summer’s Olympic Games. Each time Team USA won a medal, ORNL FCU donated $25 to the Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville. After Team USA won 100 medals, ORNL FCU then donated $100 for each medal won by Team USA. In addition, $1 was donated for every new Facebook follower ORNL FCU gained between the Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies. A check presentation took place on October 25, 2016, at the Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville’s Bocce event.
The Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville originally started in 1972 in Oak Ridge with 300 special education students from Knoxville, Oak Ridge, and Roane County. Track and field was the only sport offered. Now, the program is headquartered in Knoxville and has grown to serve over 1,500 athletes in both Knox and Anderson Counties and offers more than 8 different sporting events.