John Delivers Another Big Check to the Special Olympics - Johns Crazy Socks

John Delivers Another Big Check to the Special Olympics

John Cronin, co-founder of John’s Crazy Socks, showed up at the Special Olympics offices yesterday with a big check symbolizing another donation. Showing gratitude is an essential part of the mission to spread happiness at John’s Crazy Socks and John shows his appreciation for the Special Olympics by donating money to the organization he loves so much.

John's Crazy Socks donates to the Special Olympics


“I love the Special Olympics and am grateful for all the Special Olympics has done for me,” said John. “It is important to show our appreciation by giving back.”

Each quarter, John meets with the Special Olympic staff to present a ceremonial big check (and an actual check) and to discuss ways that John’s Crazy Socks can support the organization.

Rebecca Hoffman from the Special Olympics said, “We love it when John comes for a visit. We appreciate this donation and all the support that John’s Crazy Socks gives to the Special Olympics.”

John' competes in the Special Olympics

John is a Special Olympic Athlete

John has been competing in the Special Olympics since he was five years old and many of his colleagues at the John’s Crazy Socks are Special Olympic athletes. John competes in soccer, basketball, track and field and snowshoeing. This weekend, John will be competing in the Long Island Special Olympic Spring Games in Farmingdale. He will compete in the 100-meter dash, the 4 X 100 Relay and the turbo javelin toss.

Not only does John compete as an athlete, but each year he and many of his colleagues do the Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics. John also serves on the Athlete Advisory Committee planning the New York State Games.

John wins a medal at the Special Olympics

John’s Crazy Socks and the Special Olympics 

From the day they opened John’s Crazy Socks, John and his co-founder and 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

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 $130,000 to Special Olympics New York. 

John's Crazy Socks delivers a donation check to the Special Olympics

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.

John’s Crazy Socks is a social enterprise with a mission to spread happiness. Started by John Cronin and his father, Mark X. Cronin, John’s Crazy Socks is now the world’s largest sock store. Every day, they show what people with differing abilities can accomplish.

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 $600,000 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™. 

For more information about John’s Crazy Socks, visit our webpage, Facebook page, Instagram account, TikTok or YouTube channel. You can also contact us at 631-760-5625 or via email at


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