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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

IKEA ‘Let’s Play for Change’ Campaign Begins November 20th – Children’s Rights Day - To Raise Funds for Six Leading Children’s Rights Organizations

IKEA 'Let's Play for Change' campaign will support the Special Olympics' Young Athletes program.  The campaign will focus on sports and play, inclusion and development of children with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics Board of Directors Awards the 2019 World Summer Games to Abu Dhabi, Announces New Board Members and Welcomes Returning Board Members at International Board of Directors Meeting

November 15, 2016

The Special Olympics International Board of Directors unanimously voted to award the next Special Olympics World Summer Games to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Board also elected a new Board member and welcomed back two previous Board members to serve.

Hasbro Launches BE FEARLESS BE KIND, a Philanthropic Initiative to Nurture Empathy and Compassion in Youth, and Help Them Put Kindness into Action

October 27, 2016

Program Equips Parents, Educators and Youth with Resources to Help Kids Stand Up for Others, Be Inclusive and Take Action When They See a Problem

Contacts

Press
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

  • Dec
    03
    Floor Hockey League
    Dec 03, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Burlington
    New Jersey
    Floor Hockey League

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

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    Dec 03, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Burlington City High School
    Burlington, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Dec
    03
    Volleyball League
    Dec 03, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Denville
    New Jersey
    Volleyball League

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

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    Dec 03, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    PowerZone Volleyball
    Denville, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Dec
    03
    Capital Area Independent Bowling Tournament
    Dec 03, 2016
    09:30 AM - 12:00 AM
    Baton Rouge
    Louisiana
    Capital Area Independent Bowling Tournament

    Join us December 3rd, 2016 at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, LA as our athletes compete and show their skill in bowling competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. This is an event for the Capital/Florida Parishes Area. Male and female athletes and unified partners from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.

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    Dec 03, 2016
    09:30 AM - 12:00 AM
    All-Star Lanes
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
  • Dec
    03
    Volleyball League
    Dec 03, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Sewell
    New Jersey
    Volleyball League

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

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    Dec 03, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Bankbridge Regional School
    Sewell, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Dec
    03
    Florida Parishes Power Lifting Competition/ Training Session
    Dec 03, 2016
    12:00 AM
    Slidell
    Louisiana
    Florida Parishes Power Lifting Competition/ Training Session

    There will be a power lifting competition/ training session held at Cross Gates Family Fitness located in Slidell, Louisiana.

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    Dec 03, 2016
    12:00 AM
    Cross Gates Family Fitness
    Slidell, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
  • Dec
    04
    Jingle All The Way 3K
    Dec 04, 2016
    09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
    Lawrenceville
    New Jersey
    Jingle All The Way 3K

    Jingle All The Way 3K is a family-friendly, fundraising event that's always fun for everyone! Held at the Special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex, this event brings the whole community together for a great cause.

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    More Details
    Contact: Jeanene Leppert
    Email: jatw3k@sonj.org
    Phone: (609) 896-8000

    Dec 04, 2016
    09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
    SONJ Sports Complex
    1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way
    Lawrenceville, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Dec
    05
    Capital Area EBR Schools Bowling Tournament (Elementary)
    Dec 05, 2016
    09:30 AM - 12:00 AM
    Baton Rouge
    Louisiana
    Capital Area EBR Schools Bowling Tournament (Elementary)

    Join us December 5th, 2016 at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, LA as our athletes compete and show their skill in bowling competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. This is an event for the Capital Area. Male and female athletes from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.

    For more information

    Dec 05, 2016
    09:30 AM - 12:00 AM
    All-Star Lanes
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
  • Dec
    07
    Capital Area EBR Schools Bowling Tournament
    Dec 07, 2016
    09:30 AM - 12:00 AM
    Baton Rouge
    Louisiana
    Capital Area EBR Schools Bowling Tournament

    This is an event for the Capital Area. Male and female athletes from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.

    For more information

    Dec 07, 2016
    09:30 AM - 12:00 AM
    All-Star Lanes
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
  • Dec
    09
    Jefferson Area Westbank High School Bowling
    Dec 09, 2016
    Harahan
    Louisiana
    Jefferson Area Westbank High School Bowling

    Join us December 9th at Colonial Lanes in Harahan, Louisana as our athletes compete and show their skill in bowling competition. Male and female athletes from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.

    For more information
    Contact: Special Olympics Louisiana
    Phone: 985-345-6644

    Dec 09, 2016
    Colonial Lanes
    Harahan, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
  • Dec
    10
    Volleyball League
    Dec 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Lawrenceville
    New Jersey
    Volleyball League

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

    For more information

    Dec 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex
    Lawrenceville, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Dec
    10
    Floor Hockey League
    Dec 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Burlington
    New Jersey
    Floor Hockey League

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

    For more information

    Dec 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Burlington City High School
    Burlington, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
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