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April 19, 2017

John’s Crazy Socks Introduces Sharks Socks as a Special Olympics Charity Sock

The Shark Socks have arrived! John from John’s Crazy Socks has designed a sock for his Special Olympics Team, the Commack Sharks, and he wants to share the sock with everyone. Therefore, we now offer these Special Olympics Shark Socks in our online store and $2 from the sale of every pair will go to the Special Olympics. This donation is in addition to our pledge of five percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics.

Sharks Socks for the Special Olympics

The Shark Socks are available in both a unisex crew ($12) and a unisex knee high ($15). The socks show grey sharks swimming against a blue background – look sharp, are incredibly comfortable and have been swimming off the shelves.

John’s Crazy Socks and the Special Olympics

John Cronin, co-founder and inspiration for John’s Crazy Socks, has Down syndrome and is an avid participant in Special Olympic Sports. He plays soccer, basketball, floor hockey, runs track and does snowshoeing and bowling. Over the years, he has won many medals in regional competitions and at the New York State Games. He was even chosen as an alternate for the U.S. National Snowshoe Team for the 2017 World Games. We have other colleagues working with us who are also active in the Special Olympics, including Liam Mrotzek, who won two bronze medals in the 2017 World Games for snowshoeing.

We have seen the many benefits that the Special Olympics brings to John and all the athletes just as we have seen coaches and families benefit when family members participate in the Special Olympics. (John’s father and two older brothers have all coached Special Olympics.) As part of our Giving Back Program, we donate five percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics demonstrates that people intellectual disabilities will succeed when given the opportunity. These athletes train and compete, learning about their sports and themselves, they learn discipline, teamwork and to pursue their dreams. There is nothing like watching the joy of an athlete crossing the finish line in a hard-fought race. The Special Olympics are amazingly inspiring and empowering.  And the athletes never incur a charge for participating so the Special Olympics accessible to all.

The Shark Socks for the Commack Sharks

John plays basketball and runs track with the Commack Sharks, one of the largest Special Olympics organizations in New York State. Head Coach, Joe Amadeo asked John if he would develop socks for the Commack Sharks to go with their new jerseys. John jumped at the chance. He took the image of the shark from their jersey and the navy blue and grey colors and worked with our sock designers. We tested several versions of the design until John put his stamp of approval on the socks. As he put it, “We’re going to look so good wearing these socks.”

John delivered the initial order of socks to Coach Joe and the other Commack Shark coaches last night and everyone was ecstatic. The socks will make their debut this weekend, when the Sharks participate in a regional Special Olympics basketball tournament.

Giving Back at John’s Crazy Socks

Giving Back is an essential part of our mission at John’s Crazy Socks. We pledge five percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics. We have also developed a series of Awareness and Charity socks that raise money from the sale of each pair of socks for dedicated charities. So far, we have five Awareness and Charity Socks:


Charity Partner(s)

Amount Given Per Sock

Autism Awareness Socks

Autism Society of America (Nassau/Suffolk Chapter) and Autism Speaks

$2 from each pair of socks. The crew cost $12 and the knee-high cost $15.

Down Syndrome Awareness Socks



National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

$2 from each pair of socks. The crew cost $12 and the knee-high cost $15.

Blue Whale Socks

Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor

$1 from an $8 pair of socks.

Breast Cancer Awareness Socks

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

10 percent from a $6 pair of socks ($0.60).

Shark Socks for Special Olympics

Special Olympics

$2 from each pair of socks. The crew cost $12 and the knee-high cost $15.


Each month, we publish a Giving Back Report to share with our customers the money raised for our charity partners.


The Shark Socks are quickly becoming a customer favorite. They look good, feel good and raise money for a great cause, the Special Olympics.  Grab a pair now, you’ll be glad you did.

John holding the Shark Socks

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