Handmade scarves donated as a result of the 2011 Special Olympics USA
Scarf Project will be a symbol of unity, support, compassion and
empowerment, as the Special Olympics athletes, coaches, families,
volunteers and supporters wear them with pride in knowing they have
become part of the Special Olympics family.
The idea for a scarf project resulted from an opportunity to provide a
gift of welcome for the athletes of the 2009 Special Olympics World
Winter Games held in Boise, Idaho. A call went out for 5,000 Red Heart
delft blue & white scarves, and by Games time nearly 60,000 scarves
had arrived from every state in the U.S. and from 12 countries around
Special Olympics Idaho, then, carried on the tradition with their own
state scarf project in 2010, and again the knitting and crocheting
communities opened their hearts and put their needles and hooks to work.
Over 2,100 Red Heart cherry red and grey heather scarves arrived from
48 states in just five weeks for the Idaho State Winter Games, and the
celebration of unity began as they were presented to the athletes,
coaches, families, volunteers and supporters during the Opening Ceremony
– for all to wear throughout the Games.
Now in 2011, the Special Olympics USA Scarf Project is spreading its
wings and going national! You can now choose any of the 33 participating
Special Olympics Programs to support! Our goal is to give knitters and
crocheters the power to select which Program they want to support and
help create an unprecedented sense of unity, support and community for
the athletes and the Special Olympics Movement as a whole.
For more information on official colors, deadlines and participating Special Olympics Programs, please visit www.scarvesforspecialolympics.org
Here is a glimpse of what happened in 2009...