Chris Stapleton donates $5K to Johnson County Special Olympics

Published: May. 6, 2019 at 4:52 PM EDT
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Country music sensation Chris Stapleton is giving back to his community in a special way.

The Johnson County native donated $5,000 to the Johnson County Special Olympics on May 3, which came as a surprise, representatives said.

"We really don't know where or how he got the initiative to send us money," said Johnson County Special Olympics Local Coordinator Brenda Dyer. "It's kind of a surprise right now. No one seems to know."

She said whatever the reason, she is happy Stapleton chose to donate.

"We've got lots and lots of love and kudos for Chris, a good homeboy who takes care of his people back at home. No matter what the activity or group, he's always willing to lend a hand," Dyer said.

She said his lending hand will allow the team to purchase new uniforms, which they previously were not been able to do.

"It's a big deal for our athletes. We have athletes that range from seven to 62 (years old)," Dyer said. "It's a big deal to feel part of a group and to look like a team and to be like any other sport around."

The money donated was from Stapleton's "Outlaw State of Kind" fund. His website says the fund was established to support causes that are close to the hearts of the Stapleton family.