Kim Gainza has been involved in the Special Olympics since 2007 as a team parent and fundraiser for the Coastside Special Olympics basketball team. Under her management, the team has gone from seven players at its inception to over 50 players today, including four teams and 12 coaches who serve Special Olympics athletes from all of San Mateo County. Kim has brought in over 30 coaches over the years from local high schools and colleges, which provided them with unique and valuable learning experiences to take out into the world.
Kim’s fundraising efforts have raised thousands of dollars each year for this important organization, as well as hundreds of thousands of needed dollars for Big Wave. She has been at the forefront of Big Wave’s growth, working closely with its CEO.
Kim has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of the Pacific. She is married and the mother of three children, all grown, with her youngest daughter an adult with special needs. She is also a proud grandmother.