Elevator Pitch

An elevator pitch is a brief, persuasive speech that you use to spark interest. Specifically, you can use them to help with your USA Games fundraising strategy. A good elevator pitch should last no longer than a short elevator ride so it should be all of 20 to 30 seconds, hence the name. This should be something that you have memorized and could tell someone at any time because they could be a potential supporter of your fundraising. Below is an example elevator pitch as well as some talking points in case you wanted to write up your own.

Pitch Example

My name is [insert athlete name] and I’m a Special Olympics Maryland athlete from [insert athlete county] County. I’ve been selected to compete in the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando Florida from June 5-12, 2022. I’ll be representing both the state of Maryland delegation as a member of the [insert athlete sport] team. To make my journey to Orlando possible, I need to raise $2,250 to cover trip expenses like travel, meals, uniforms, and equipment… and every little bit counts! Are you interested in learning more about my trip? 

2022 USA Games Talking Points

  • The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games is scheduled for June 5 through 12, 2022 in Orlando, Florida, which will unite more than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean during one of the country’s most cherished sporting events
  • The USA Games will offer 19 Olympic-style team and individual sports, including athletics (track & field), basketball, bocce, bowling, cheerleading, equestrian, flag football, golf, gymnastics, open water swimming, powerlifting, soccer, softball, stand up paddleboard, surfing, swimming, tennis, triathlon, and volleyball
  • Special Olympics athletes and these unparalleled Games will forever change communities across the globe by coming together and igniting a light that shines bright to celebrate dedication and perseverance and create champions for a more inclusive world. A world where all Shine as One.
  • The USA Games will be hosted at various venues across Orlando, with the main location being ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. Other sporting facilities across Orlando include boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center, Disney’s Typhoon LagoonWaterPark, Lake Minneola Waterfront Park, Lucky’s Lake, Orange County National Gold Center, Osceola Heritage Park, Rosen Aquatic Center, and USTA National Campus
  • In North America alone, there are over 880,000 athletes and Unified partners who use the transformative power of sport to promote acceptance and inclusion in their communities every day
  • The Special Olympics USA Games, which is hosted every four years, will mark the largest humanitarian event in Florida’s history

2022 USA Games Talking Points

  • Special Olympics is a global, year-round movement that offers over 100,000 sports competitions each year for over six million athletes (people with intellectual disabilities) and unified partners (people without intellectual disabilities)
  • Founded in 1968, Special Olympics is a global movement to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities, fostering acceptance of all people through the power of sport and programming in education, health, and leadership
  • 8,716 athletes train & compete in Maryland
  • Special Olympics Maryland offers 27 sports year-round
  • All SOMD athletes compete free of charge
  • It costs $250 for an athlete to compete in one sport for one season
  • It costs $125 for an athlete to virtually compete in one sport for one season