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Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.

Latest News and Press Releases

Philanthropist Tom Golisano and Special Olympics Launch New Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards to Recognize Significant Progress Made in Increasing Access to Health for People with Intellectual Disabilities

September 13, 2016

Awards are Special Olympics highest health honor Global awards presented at the 2017 Special Olympics World Games in Austria
 

Special Olympics Israel Unveils New Partnership with Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C.

September 09, 2016

Maccabi Tel Aviv players back the Special Olympics mission to transform lives through sport

Loretta Claiborne Touches Down in Dublin for American Football Weekend

August 31, 2016

Loretta Claiborne is visiting Dublin this week to represent Special Olympics for American Football Weekend.

Contacts

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Christy Weir
Director, Global Media and Public Relations
+1 202 824-0307
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Social Media
Ryan Eades
Director, Digital & Social Engagement
+1 202 824-0292
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Twitter: @ryan2499
Health Programs
Karl Hejlik 
Director, Internal Communications
+1 202-824-0308
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Events Around the World

  • Sep
    26
    New Jersey Law Enforcement Golf Classic
    Sep 26, 2016
    10:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    Neptune
    New Jersey
    New Jersey Law Enforcement Golf Classic

    The Law Enforcement Golf Classic is dedicated to the memory of the 37 Port Authority Police Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001. With a field of 144 golfers from all areas of business, the LE Golf Classic is the perfect way to highlight your organization as an event sponsor, as well as a supporter of Special Olympics New Jersey.

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    Contact: Jason Schubert
    Email: letr@sonj.org
    Phone: 609-896-8000

    Sep 26, 2016
    10:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    Jumping Brook Country Club
    210 Jumping Brook Road
    Neptune, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    26
    Athlete Leadership Program
    Sep 26, 2016
    09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
    Thimphu
    BHUTAN
    Athlete Leadership Program

    Special Olympics Bhutan will be organizing its first ALP"s Program in the country The program will focus on the following topics: 1. Orientation and awareness on Special Olympic's; 2. What is ALP's program? The roles and responsibilities of global messengers /athletes /what they can do to promote the movement and how they can contribute to overall development of the country; 3. Importance of acceptance, recognizing their abilities and showcasing them through many events; 4. Public speaking , group work and making individual as well as group presentations. The participants will include athletes from Draktsho Vocational Training Centre for Special Children and Youth and Changangkha Middle Secondary School.

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    Contact: Deki Zam
    Email: dekzang@hotmail.com
    Phone: 00975-02-327650

    Sep 26, 2016
    09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
    Draktsho Vocational Training Centre for Special Children and Youth
    P.O.Box: 747, Above RICB Colony
    Thimphu, Thimphu City
    BHUTAN
  • Sep
    27
    Southeast Regional Golf Tournament
    Sep 27, 2016
    09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Pittsburg
    Kansas
    Southeast Regional Golf Tournament

    Join us September 27th at Four Oaks Golf Course in Pittsburg, Kansas as our athletes compete in the Southeast Regional Golf Tournament. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

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    Contact: Chris Burt
    Email: burtc@ksso.org
    Phone: 913-789-0337

    Sep 27, 2016
    09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Four Oaks Golf Course
    910 Memorial Drive
    Pittsburg, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    27
    2016 Golf Competition
    Sep 27, 2016 - Sep 27, 2016
     
    San Antonio
    Texas
    2016 Golf Competition

    Special Olympics Texas – San Antonio Area will hold their Golf Competition on September 27, 2016 at the location listed below. This event will begin with Opening Ceremonies at 12:30 p.m, followed by competition. For more information please use the link below.

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    Sep 27, 2016 - Sep 27, 2016
     
    Republic Golf Club
    4226 Southeast Military Drive
    San Antonio, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    29
    Capital Area Horseshoe Pitching Tournament
    Sep 29, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Baton Rouge
    Louisiana
    Capital Area Horseshoe Pitching Tournament

    There will be a horseshoe pitching tournament held at Independence Park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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    Sep 29, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Independence Park
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    30
    NC Special Olympics Sports Day
    Sep 30, 2016
    12:00 AM
    Ruston
    Louisiana
    NC Special Olympics Sports Day

    Join us September 30th at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, LA as our athletes compete and show their skill in Flag Football Bocce, Horseshoes, Soccer competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

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    Sep 30, 2016
    12:00 AM
    Louisiana Tech
    Ruston, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    30
    2016 Bocce Competition
    Sep 30, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Austin
    Texas
    2016 Bocce Competition

    The Special Olympics Texas- Central Texas Area Bocce Competition is an area-wide competition for athletes/teams. ** This date is tentative and may change depending on availability of venue and location.** The start and end time will be determined by the number of teams/athletes that enter the competition. This information will be updated in weeks leading up to the competition

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    Sep 30, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Austin State Supported Living Center
    2203 W. 35th St.
    Austin, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    30
    Centreville Community Run
    Sep 30, 2016
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    St. Joseph
    Michigan
    Centreville Community Run

    The Centreville Community Run will start and end at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the run will start at 10:30 a.m. Registration fee of $25.00 includes a LETR Run Shirt.

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    Contact: Courtney Reingardt
    Email: courtney_reingardt@yahoo.com
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    Sep 30, 2016
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    St. Joseph County Fairgrounds
    St. Joseph, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Oct
    01
    Special Olympics Fall Kayak Trip
    Oct 01, 2016
    10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Mt. Pleasant
    South Carolina
    Special Olympics Fall Kayak Trip

    Join us October 1st in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina as our athletes in Area 6 will take part in a fun fall paddle trip down Shem Creek.For more details please use the contact information below.

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    Oct 01, 2016
    10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Shem Creek
    Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
    UNITED STATES
  • Oct
    01
    North Soccer League
    Oct 01, 2016
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Clark
    New Jersey
    North Soccer League

    Join us as our athletes compete and show their skill in soccer competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports.

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    Oct 01, 2016
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Oak Ridge Park
    Clark, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Oct
    01
    West Regional Bowling - North
    Oct 01, 2016
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Colby
    Kansas
    West Regional Bowling - North

    The West Regional Bowling Tournament – North will be held in Colby, KS. For more information, contact Kim Pianalto at pianalotk@ksso.org

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    Contact: Kim Pianalto
    Email: pianaltok@ksso.org
    Phone: 620-417-5111

    Oct 01, 2016
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Colby Bowl
    1175 S Range Ave
    Colby, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
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