The Special Olympics announced this week their first-ever social fundraising collaboration with the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe (with which Tubefilter readers should be familiar, as it’s the platform of choice for YouTube stars who want to raise cash for an important cause). The partnership will help support a number of teams, delegations, and athletes by providing funds to help make their Olympic dreams a reality.

“We are proud to partner with Special Olympics to help support these remarkable athletes and their communities,” said GoFundMe CEO, Rob Solomon, in the release. “GoFundMe’s mission is to empower people to help people, and Special Olympics has been helping to empower people with intellectual disabilities for almost 50 years. It’s an honor to share the stories of these competitors who have overcome obstacles.”

The efforts of the shiny new collaboration will first be realized March 14 through March 25, 2016 in Graz, Schladming, Rohrmoos, and Ramsau, Austria, where over 2,700 athletes from more than 100 countries will descend upon the wintery European arenas and slopes for some good, old-fashioned, worldwide competition. But those athletes won’t be the only individuals at the Special Olympics 2017 World Winter Games. A number of other athletes and celebrities will be in attendance, too.

Olympic gold medalists Apolo Ohno and Hanna Teter, NBA Hall of Famer and famous finger-wagger Dikembe Mutumbo, personal trainer extraordinaire Jillian Michaels, Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Mraz, and many more will be in attendance at the Games and launching their own GoFundMe campaigns to show their support. They’ll also soon be joined by four of YouTube creators as Official Honored Guests.

Tubefilter has partnered with the Special Olympics and GoFundMe to bring members of the YouTube and online video community to the Games in Austria as Honored Guests. There’s more to come soon, but in the meantime you can check out all the GoFundMe campaigns supporting the Special Olympics – and contribute if you feel so moved – right here.

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