Pasco Tax Collector’s Office Raises $7,100 for Special Olympics

Special Olympics of Pasco is a free sports and training program for people with intellectual disabilities. In Pasco, 1,500 students participate in Special Olympics, training in nearly two dozen different sports.

Funds raised last year helped the Pasco team attend the 2022 American National Special Olympics in Orlando earlier in June, where the Pasco County flag football team, the Dolphins, won the ‘gold.

In addition, two Pasco athletes won medals in swimming and triathlon. Andrew Ahearn won bronze in swimming and triathlon and Walter Fischer won gold and two bronze medals in the swimming relay events.

A total of $7,100 was raised for Special Olympics Pasco during this charitable campaign.

“Pasco County Special Olympics would like to thank the Mike Fasano Tax Collector’s Offices for their donation,” said John Yerke, Special Olympics Executive Coordinator. “These funds will help spread the word about acceptance and inclusion throughout Pasco County.”

“Special Olympics Pasco has long held a special place in my heart,” Fasano said. “I am proud that our staff and community support this organization that helps give meaning to so many lives. The athletes and the volunteers who work with them are some of the nicest, most positive people I have ever met. So many athletes have intellectual challenges that make life difficult. To see the joy on an athlete’s face as they cross the finish line is indescribable. Special Olympics of Pasco provides respite from the hardships many face on a daily basis. It also provides a place to be with others who also aspire to do their best.

For more details on the Tax Collector’s charitable giving program, contact Greg Giordano, Assistant Tax Collector, at 727-847-8179.

Esther L. Steinbach