Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. They empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year.
Over 9 million, or 12.8 percent, of children in the United States have a special health care need.
Easter Seals is a disability services organization annually serving over a million children and adults living with disabilities or special needs.
Easter Seals service, education, outreach, and advocacy platforms all aim to enable people living with disabilities to better participate in and contribute to their communities through service offerings such as child development centers, physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities. Easter Seals has sought to provide families with the tools they need to address life's challenges for over 90 years. The Avril Lavigne Foundation is working with Easter Seals to bring more resources to children and youth with special needs.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation seeks to provide children who are struggling against life-threatening medical conditions with hope, strength and joy by making their dreams and wishes a reality. A network of 25,000 volunteers have helped Make-A-Wish reach more than 193,000 children around the world since 1980.
The Avril Lavigne Foundation supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation by fulfilling individual wishes and by raising awareness of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and how it helps children. Avril has been involved with Make-A-Wish since 2002 and is honored to work with this great organization.
The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis
The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of MS.
The Avril Lavigne Foundation supports the mission and work of The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis by raising awareness of the organization's work and actively supporting their annual Race to Erase MS fundraising event.
Avril Lavigne, founder and President of The Avril Lavigne Foundation, also serves on The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis Board of Directors.