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Press releases from Special Olympics headquarters and region offices.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Avril Lavigne Will Support Special Olympics World Summer Games with New Song “Fly”

Avril Lavigne has announced that she has written a song called “Fly” for The Avril Lavigne Foundation to support Special Olympics.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Special Olympics and Kaiser Permanente Announce 2015 Rose Parade® Float

Kaiser Permanente will dedicate their 2015 Rose Parade® float entry to the 7,000 Special Olympics international athletes who will take part in the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Future of Inclusive Health for Everyone: International Leaders Convene at UNICEF

International leaders in disability and global health convene at UNICEF's headquarters to drive a global agenda for creating a world of inclusive health for everyone – including people with disabilities.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

FiveCurrents to Produce Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 Ceremonies

FiveCurrents named executive producer of the Ceremonies for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Special Olympics USA Team Named

Special Olympics Team USA is proud to announce that it will send a 491 member delegation to represent the United States at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, being held July 25-August 2, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Special Olympics Partners with iMyne for Holiday Shopping with Automatic Donations and Cash Back

iMyne will help reach more athletes this holiday season with new web-based platform that helps supporters fundraise for Special Olympics.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Special Olympics Narrows Health Gap Faced by People with Intellectual Disabilities

Thousands of people with intellectual disabilities in nine countries have received free health care through the Healthy Communities initiative. The global campaign was announced expand to 100 Healthy Communities by 2025.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Special Olympics Launches Global Just Dance® Challenge to Raise Funds and Awareness While Engaging Video Game Fans

Special Olympics launches global Just Dance® Challenge engaging video fans everywhere with popular musicians Maroon 5, Nicole Scherzinger, Jessie J and Charli XCX lending their support.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Japanese Football Legend Hidetoshi Nakata Named Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Special Olympics announced today that Hidetoshi Nakata, a Japanese football legend who is considered one of the most famous Asian footballers of his generation, now joins the Special Olympics family as the movement’s latest addition to the Global Ambassadors.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Special Olympics and Nielsen Announce Strategic Alliance

Nielsen will help measure and provide a deeper understanding of the population of adults with intellectual disabilities as a key demographic.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Special Olympics Plans to Engage Video Game Industry to Drive Message of Inclusion and Acceptance

Force Multiply Gaming will assist Special Olympics in inspiring social good on global scale.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Signing Confirms Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 in Austria

At the 15th of October there was an important milestone in the planning process for staging of the World Winter Games 2017 in Austria: Special Olympics International with CEO Janet Froetscher and the Games Organizing Committee signed the official agreement for the world Winter Games 2017.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Maryland Police Training Commission Adopts Training Objectives for Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disabilities

The Maryland Police Training Commission will develop a statewide training curriculum for new officers that will include training on working with people in the community who have intellectual disabilities.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Maria Shriver to Executive Produce 30 for 30 Short in 2015 with ESPN Films

The film will focus on her mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her creation of the Special Olympics.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Special Olympics Athletes Receive Free Eye Care on World Sight Day

The Alcon Foundation and Industry Partners Celebrate World Sight Day Through Opening Eyes Program For Special Olympics Texas Athletes.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 Announces “Official World Games Headquarters” in Downtown Los Angeles

Special Olympics World Games Announces Official Headquarters in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, just minutes away from many of the venues for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Egyptian President Appoints Ayman Wahab to Highest Advisory Panel

Egyptian President appoints Ayman Wahab to highest advisory panel. Read More Social Egyptian President Appoints Ayman Wahab to Highest Advisory Panel The president of Egypt has named Special Olympics’ Regional President Ayman Wahab to his presidential advisory board on community developme

Monday, September 29, 2014

Red Robin® Teams Up with Law Enforcement for Ninth Annual Tip-A-Cop Fundraiser to Benefit Special Olympics

Uniformed officers to wait tables at participating Red Robin restaurants nationwide.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Special Olympics Announces Michael Meenan as Chief Financial Officer

Special Olympics announces the appointment of Michael Meenan as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Special Olympics Launches New Global "Play Unified" Youth Campaign to Champion Social Equality

The Play Unified Youth Campaign will create the first unified generation that will fight inactivity, intolerance and injustice.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics® Hits Significant Milestone: Raising $500 Million for Special Olympics During 33-year History

In 2013, dedicated law enforcement volunteers raised over US$50.3 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and this week announced an extremely significant milestone: surpassing $500 million raised since the inception of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Avril Lavigne Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign to Support Special Olympics

Fan teams will help celebrate her 30th birthday by supporting 30 Special Olympics athletes with the top team winning a dinner with Avril Lavigne.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Mattel Named Founding Champion and Official Partner of Special Olympics World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

Mattel has committed volunteer and financial support to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Special Olympics Appoints Youth Leaders to Advocate Social Change

Special Olympics' youth-focused initiative, Project UNIFY®, today announced the appointment of six new members to the National Youth Activation Committee for the United States. The committee empowers young people to engage in active social change.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Special Olympics Partners Safeway Inc. and The Safeway Foundation Support Programs for People with Disabilities

Special Olympics partners Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) and The Safeway Foundation today launched a campaign that will fund important programs that assist people with special needs. Through the Support for People with Disabilities campaign, during the month of August, Safeway customers will be able to donate to Easter Seals, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and Special Olympics.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Special Olympics Kicks Off Call to Engage Youth Around the World to Play Unified to Live Unified – Game ON!

Last night, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a dinner around ‘A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation’ at the White House. The event celebrated the work that Special Olympics, with the support of the Obama administration and others, has been doing to activate young people to fight inactivity, intolerance and injustice in their schools and communities.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bank of America Announces Support of 2015 Special Olympics World Games, Joins Other Leading Brands as Official Partner

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced today it will provide $5 million to support the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles (LA2015), building on a partnership between Bank of America and Special Olympics that has spanned more than 30 years. Bank of America joins Coca-Cola, Deloitte, Mattel and Toyota as an Official Partner.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom Joins Leadership Team Organizing the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Leadership Committee of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

Monday, July 28, 2014

White House to Host Special Olympics Celebration for A Unified Generation

The White House has announced that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host "A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation" at the White House on the evening of Thursday 31 July.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Special Olympics Kicks Off One-Year Countdown to 2015 World Games

Los Angeles is getting ready to host its largest sporting event since 1984 -- with thousands of athletes and coaches and featuring 25 Olympic-style sports competitions.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Lions Clubs Malaysia Announces Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation with Special Olympics Asia Pacific

The Memorandum of Understanding signed by Lions Clubs of District 308 B1 Malaysia will support the inclusion and well-being of people with intellectual disabilities in FT Kuala Lumpur and states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Melaka, Pahang, Johor and Negeri Sembilan.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Special Olympics Boosts US-China Public Diplomacy

Launch of Special Olympics Project UNIFY ® to support people-to-people exchanges announced by the US State Department at 5th Round of the US−China Consultation on People to People Exchange.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Toyota Named Official Partner of the 2015 Special Olympics Summer Games

Toyota today announced its partnership with the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) at an event that also debuted the first gathering of the World Games Global Messengers.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Knights of Columbus Pledges $1.4 Million for Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles

The Knights of Columbus will formally announce a donation to cover the costs of athletes from the United States and Canada during their time in Los Angeles as they participate in next year’s Special Olympics World Games.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Special Olympics Announces Additions to International Board of Directors

The Special Olympics International Board of Directors has re-elected Harvard Law School Professor William 'Bill' Alford and elected Glenn S. Lyon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Finish Line, Inc. to serve on the Board. Both Alford and Lyon will begin their terms on 1 January 2015. Peter Mazunda, Managing Director for Xtra Solutions Communications Group, also joins the Board as the Africa representative to the International Advisory Committee.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Burson-Marsteller Named Special Olympics International’s Agency of Record

Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, today announced that it has been named agency of record for Special Olympics International. This pro-bono engagement will be led by the firm's sports marketing specialty group, The Fan Experience.

Friday, June 20, 2014

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Signs Historic Legislation Encouraging Special Olympics Unified Sports Programming in all School Districts

Special Olympics made history when the State of New Jersey Senate Education Committee passed legislation that school districts must make an effort to ensure that students with disabilities have opportunities to participate in sports equal to those of other students through Special Olympics Unified Sports® programs.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Special Olympics announces Kelli Seely as Chief Development Officer

Special Olympics International recently announced Kelli Seely as its new Chief Development Officer.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Lucy Meyer, Youth Advocate for Children with Disabilities, to Represent UNICEF and Special Olympics at Global Forums

Lucy Meyer, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's Spokesperson for Children with Disabilities, is expanding her role as an advocate for some of the world's most vulnerable children.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Perimeter Bicycling Announces Special Olympics as El Tour de Tucson Title Sponsor for the Next Three Years

Perimeter Bicycling Association of America recently reached agreement with Special Olympics on a three-year title sponsorship package.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

ESPN Will Broadcast the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015

ESPN announces that they will be the Official Broadcaster of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. This Global Programming Partnership will leverage ESPN’s hundreds of millions of fans worldwide to promote acceptance and inclusion.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

International Sports Press Association becomes Global Impact Partner for Special Olympics

Special Olympics International and the International Sports Press Association (Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive - AIPS) today announced a strategic partnership that will leverage the power of sports and media collectively to build awareness and promote inclusion, respect and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Southern California Cities to Open Doors as “Host Towns” for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)

Before the Special Olympics World Games begin on July 25, 2015, 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to Southern California with a three-day “Host Town” program from July 21 - 24.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Special Olympics and Best Buddies Celebrate 6th Annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day on March 5th

Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and supporters from around the world will unite today on the sixth Spread the Word to End the Word® day to continue building awareness for society to stop and think about its use of the R-word and rally people around the world to pledge respect toward all individuals, making the world a more accepting and inclusive place for all people, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Team East Wins Third-Annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports® Basketball Game at NBA All-Star 2014

On Sunday afternoon, Special Olympics athletes from across the world showed a cheering crowd at NBA All-Star Jam Session the unifying power of sport.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Unemployment of People with Intellectual Disabilities More than Twice as High as General Population

A new survey shows that unemployment among people with intellectual disabilities is more than twice as high as for the general population.

Monday, February 10, 2014

African Leadership Alliance on Intellectual Disabilities Announced by President Banda at African Leaders Forum

Her Excellency President Joyce Banda of the Republic of Malawi announced the African Leadership Alliance on Intellectual Disabilities to engage African governments, disability, development and health organizations and other stakeholders to secure human rights and social services for people with intellectual disabilities, one of the most marginalized and overlooked groups on the planet.


Monday, February 10, 2014

NBA and Special Olympics Team up for Unified Sports Basketball Game

As part of NBA All-Star 2014, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Special Olympics today announced the third annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports® Basketball Game.


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