John Cronin Delivers a Quarterly Donation to Special Olympics NY

John Cronin has competed in Special Olympic sports for twenty-two years and loves everything about that experience. He demonstrates his appreciation for the Special Olympics by making the organization the foundational charity partner of John’s Crazy Socks. This week, John met with staff at the Long Island office of the Special Olympics to deliver the quarterly donation and take pictures with the ceremonial “big check.” 

John delivers donation to the Special Olympics

“The Special Olympics are an important part of my life,” says John Cronin. “Not only do I have fun, but Special Olympics has taught me a lot.” John cites the lessons learned that include sportsmanship, teamwork, learning how to be coached, learning how to work for a goal, and learning to get up and keep competing even when you fall down. 

Collage of images of John participating in the Special Olympics

New Special Olympic Athletic Crew Socks 

John has just released his new Special Olympics Athletic Crew Socks. These white athletic socks carry the Special Olympic logo. 

“They look so good and feel so comfortable,” said John. 

Available in medium and large, you can wear them when working out (John wears them to his basketball practice) or just when you want some comfortable socks. 

John’s Crazy Socks and the Special Olympics 

From the first day they opened John’s Crazy Socks in December 2016, John and his father, Mark X. Cronin, have made giving back to the Special Olympics an important part of the John’s Crazy Socks experience. Our customers know that when they buy from us, they support the Special Olympics

John with the Special Olympics Torch

At John’s Crazy Socks, we have a mission to spread happiness. John says the keys to happiness are gratitude and doing for others. Thus, our Giving Back Program is an essential part of our mission. Supporting the Special Olympics is especially important to us. In fact, John’s Crazy Socks has donated over $135,000 to Special Olympics New York. 

We start by donating 5 percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics. John’s Crazy Socks donates 5 percent from the sale of our Sock of the Month Club to the Special Olympics. And we donate 10 percent from the sale of our Polar Plunge Socks and Shark Socks to the Special Olympics. John designed Shark Socks in honor of his basketball and track team, the Commack Sharks.

About Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 51,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with about 250 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports, where students with and without disabilities compete as teammates. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families, or caregivers. The organization has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from, making it one of the most trusted charities in the business nationally. For additional information about Special Olympics New York, to learn more about getting involved, or to make a donation, visit

About John’s Crazy Socks

John’s Crazy Socks was inspired by John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, and his love of colorful and fun socks—what he calls his “crazy socks.” He and his father, Mark X. Cronin, started the company as a social enterprise with a mission of Spreading Happiness™. With more than 4,000 socks, John’s Crazy Socks is now the world’s largest sock store. More than half their employees have a differing ability, and their Giving Back program has raised over $650,000 for charity partners like the Special Olympics, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Autism Society of America. Most of all, they are Spreading Happiness™. 

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