In 2001, the Lions Clubs International Foundation awarded Special Olympics the first grant in its seven-year, US$9 million commitment. Together, these two organizations work to bring proper eye care to more Special Olympics athletes around the globe, and will also open the world’s eyes to the reality that people with intellectual disabilities deserve the same quality vision care to which every person is entitled.
The commitment isn’t just financial — the organization also has supported the Opening Eyes program with thousands of volunteers from more than 50 countries. Lions play a crucial volunteer role, assisting with registration, color vision testing, visual acuity tests and distribution of glasses and protective sports goggles. In some cases, members also conduct some of the actual vision tests — for example, over half the optometrists donating their time at one Opening Eyes screening in Michigan were Lions.
Snce 2002, the Roswell Lions have been volunteering and conducting eye screening services in support of the Georgia Special Olympics athletes at Emory University.
Photo Album: Opening Eye Program