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Latest News and Press Releases

Maria Gabriela Sigala of Venezuela joins Board of Directors

June 21, 2017

The Special Olympics International Board of Directors has elected a new member, Maria Gabriela Sigala, a leading philanthropist in Venezuela and former First Lady of Carabobo, Venezuela.

Special Olympics Founder to be Honored at The 2017 ESPYS on ABC

June 06, 2017

Eunice Kennedy Shriver dedicated her life to championing the rights and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities. Her legacy lives on through Special Olympics, the global movement she founded in 1968 that harnesses the transformative power of sports to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and celebrated members of society.

Special Olympics and MetLife Foundation Announce International Partnership

April 27, 2017

MetLife announces a $1.5 million, three year international partnership to expand Special Olympics Young Athletes across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (“EMEA”).

Events Around the World

  • Jun 29 - Jul 02
    Special Olympics France 2017 National Summer Games
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    Thu Jun 29 - Sun Jul 02, 2017
     
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    Nantes
    France

    Special Olympics France 2017 National Summer Games

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    Thu Jun 29 - Sun Jul 02, 2017
     

    For four days, this event will bring together over 1000 athletes and coaches from all over France as well as 100 volunteers and a dozen partners. This major event will allow Special Olympics France athletes to participate in six sports (athletics, motorsports, judo, petanque, 7-a-side football and basketball ) and various discovery activities associating students and school children in the city. Healthy Athletes screenings will also be offered to athletes.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Sports Complex Mangin Beaulieu
    2 Rue Louis Joxe
    Nantes
    France
  • Jul 03 - Jul 06
    Special Olympics Australia Junior National Games
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    Mon Jul 3 - Thu Jul 06, 2017
     
    location
    Gold Coast
    QLD
    Australia

    Special Olympics Australia Junior National Games

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    Mon Jul 3 - Thu Jul 06, 2017
     

    130 athletes aged 8-15 will represent their state in athletics, basketball, football and swimming at the 4th Junior National Games on the Gold Coast.


    Venue(s)
    location
    Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre
    1 Sports Drive, Runaway Bay
    Gold Coast, QLD
    Australia
  • Jul 07 - Jul 09
    2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games
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    Fri Jul 7 - Sun Jul 09, 2017
     
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    5 venues
    Canada

    2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games

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    Fri Jul 7 - Sun Jul 09, 2017
     

    The 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games is taking place in Medicine Hat from July 7 to 9. Medicine Hat will host the largest Provincial Summer Games with over 1,200 athletes and coaches from across the province. Athletes will compete in 11 summer sports: 5 and 10 pin bowling, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball and swimming.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Basketball, Bocce, Powerlifting, Soccer, Softball and Swimming
    Family Leisure Centre
    2000 Division Ave N.
    Medicine Hat, Alberta
    Canada
    location
    5-pin Bowling and 10-pin Bowling
    Panorama Bowling Lanes
    820 FA Ave SW
    Medicine Hat, Alberta
    Canada
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  • Jul 10 - Jul 12
    Special Olympics Nordrhein-Westfalen Regional Games 2017
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    Mon Jul 10 - Wed Jul 12, 2017
     
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    44135 Dortmund
    Nordrhein-Westfalen
    Germany

    Special Olympics Nordrhein-Westfalen Regional Games 2017

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    Mon Jul 10 - Wed Jul 12, 2017
     

    From the 10-12 July 2017, the Special Olympics Nordrhein-Westfalen Regional Games will be hosted in Neuss near the river Rhine. About 1000 athletes are expected to compete in 12 different of sports (athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, equestrian, football, golf, judo, roller skating, swimming, and table tennis). There will also be a big opening ceremony, 4 healthy athletes disciplines (Fit Feet, Health Promotion, Fun Fitness and Strong Minds) and MATP. It will be lots of fun! So, if you are nearby, come around and enjoy the games with us!


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Marc Becker
    Leuthardstraße 9
    44135 Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen
    Germany
  • Jul 10 - Jul 13
    Special Olympics Georgia Summer Games
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    Mon Jul 10 - Thu Jul 13, 2017
     
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    Atlanta
    Georgia
    USA

    Special Olympics Georgia Summer Games

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    Mon Jul 10 - Thu Jul 13, 2017
     

    Join us July 10-13 in Atlanta, Georgia as athletes across the state compete in Athletics and Bocce competition.


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    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Opening Ceremony and Athletics
    Sunset Stadium
    1122 Park Ave
    Atlanta, Georgia
    USA
  • Jul 13 - Jul 16
    2017 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Summer Games
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    Thu Jul 13 - Sun Jul 16, 2017
     
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    6 venues
    Canada

    2017 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Summer Games

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    Thu Jul 13 - Sun Jul 16, 2017
     

    The Provincial Summer Games will feature athletics, soccer, softball, golf and bocce. With almost 800 athletes along with, coaches, staff and spectators, supported by over 600 community volunteers!


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    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Terry Fox Stadium, Chinguacousy Park
    9050 Bramalea Road
    Brampton, Ontario
    Canada
    Athletics Competitions
    location
    Century Gardens
    340 Vodden St. E
    Brampton, Ontario
    Canada
    Bocce Competitions
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  • Jul 16 - Jul 20
    Kim Kallstrom Trophy 2017
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    Sun Jul 16 - Thu Jul 20, 2017
     
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    Gothenburg
    Sweden

    Kim Kallstrom Trophy 2017

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    Sun Jul 16 - Thu Jul 20, 2017
     

    The Kim Källström Trophy offers young people with some form of intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in The World Youth Cup. The love of football is the common denominator for all of us. Kim Källström Trophy is a co-operation between Gothia Cup, Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia, Special Olympics Sweden and our main sponsor, the Swedish national player Kim Källström.


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    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Gothia Cup
    Entreprenadvägen 6, 417 49
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
  • Jul
    20
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day
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    Thu Jul 20, 2017
    Various times -
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    USA

    Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day

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    Thu Jul 20, 2017
    Various times -

    On 20 July 2017, the seventh global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day will be celebrated around the world, bringing together people with and without intellectual disabilities in various activities to honor the inspiration, impact and indomitable spirit of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. In celebration of Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, Special Olympics encourages each community, from every corner of the world, to engage in sports activities focused on welcoming people with and without intellectual disabilities.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Check with your local Program
    USA
  • Aug 04 - Aug 06
    Nebraska Fall Games
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    Fri Aug 4 - Sun Aug 06, 2017
     
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    3 venues
    USA

    Nebraska Fall Games

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    Fri Aug 4 - Sun Aug 06, 2017
     

    Join us August 4 -6, in Lincoln Nebraska at various venues though out the city as athletes from around the state compete in softball, tennis, bocce and golf.


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    Venue(s)
    location
    Softball
    Mahoney Softball Complex
    70th and Fremont
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    USA
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    Soccer, Tennis, and Bocce
    Abbott Sports Complex
    7600 N 70th St
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    USA
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  • Aug
    06
    Danang International Marathon 2017
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    Sun Aug 06, 2017
    04:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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    Danang City
    Son Tra Dist
    Vietnam

    Danang International Marathon 2017

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    Sun Aug 06, 2017
    04:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    There will be a Healthy Athletes Clinic happening at the Danang International Marathon in Biendong Park, Danang City, Vietnam on Sunday morning.


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    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Bien Dong Park
    Vo Nguyen Giap Street
    Danang City, Son Tra Dist
    Vietnam
  • Aug
    07
    Garden State Unified Golf Classic
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    Mon Aug 07, 2017
    09:30 AM - 06:00 PM
    location
    Mount Laurel
    New Jersey
    USA

    Garden State Unified Golf Classic

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    Mon Aug 07, 2017
    09:30 AM - 06:00 PM

    The Garden State Unified Golf Classic is an 18-hole golf tournament to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey. This inaugural event will benefit the over 25,000 Special Olympics New Jersey athletes who compete year-round in more than 260 competition events across 24 Olympic-type sports, as well as provide health programs, leadership opportunities and Unified programs–all completely free of charge. Our Special Olympics athletes will be playing alongside many of the golfers during the course of this tournament.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Laurel Creek Country Club
    701 Centerton Road
    Mount Laurel, New Jersey
    USA