Press Room: News and Press Information

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

Steve Nash, Yao Ming, Andre Drummond, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker Named Honorary Coaches for Fifth Annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game at NBA All-Star 2016

2016-02-09

This year’s demonstration game will feature 12 Special Olympics athletes from around the world playing alongside NBA legends and WNBA legends/players.

Safilo Announces New Three-Year Commitment to Special Olympics at Its Global Leadership Meeting

2016-02-02

Safilo renews its support of Special Olympics with the donation of over 160,000 spectacles and sunglasses per year up to 2018 for the athletes of Special Olympics.

Top Snowboarders Defend Gold at Unified Race at X Games in Aspen

2016-01-29

Snowboarders Henry Meece of Special Olympics Oregon and U.S. Olympian Chris Klug captured the gold at the second Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Race at X Games in Aspen Thursday. 

Contacts

Press
Christy Weir
Director, Global Media and Public Relations
+1 202 824-0307
E-mail
Social Media
Ryan Eades
Director, Digital & Social Engagement
+1 202 824-0292
E-mail
Twitter: @ryan2499
Health Programs
Lynn Erickson
Manager, Health Communications
+1 202-824-0247
E-mail

Special Olympics in the News

Events Around the World

  • Feb
    11
    Basketball team 5 on 5
    Feb 11, 2016
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Lyman
    South Carolina
    Basketball team 5 on 5

    Join us February 11th at Limestone College in Lyman, South Carolina as our athletes compete and show their skill in 5 on 5 team basketball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

    For more information
    Contact: Paula White
    Email: pgwhite@spart7.org
    Phone: 864-706-0043

    Feb 11, 2016
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Limestone College
    110 Maryland Ave
    Lyman, South Carolina
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    13
    Higgins Lake Polar Plunge
    Feb 13, 2016
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Roscommon
    Michigan
    Higgins Lake Polar Plunge

    The Higgins Lake Polar Plunge will take place on February 13, 2016 at the Gerrish Township Marina on Higgins Lake. Registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. The parade of costumes and plunge will begin at 2:00 p.m.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Andrea Rachko
    Email: rachk1am@cmich.edu
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    Feb 13, 2016
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Gerrish Township Marina
    Roscommon, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    13
    Lake Orion Polar Plunge
    Feb 13, 2016
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Lake Orion
    Michigan
    Lake Orion Polar Plunge

    Mark your calendars for February 13, 2016 The 2016 Lake Orion Polar Plunge will be held at the Lake Orion Buffalo Wild Wings. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. The parade of costumes and plunge will begin at 10:00 a.m. The Awards and Post Plunge Party will begin immediately following the last plunger.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Andrea Rachko
    Email: rachk1am@cmich.edu
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    Feb 13, 2016
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Buffalo Wild Wings
    770 North Lapeer Road
    Lake Orion, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    13
    Cheboygan Polar Plunge
    Feb 13, 2016
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Cheboygan
    Michigan
    Cheboygan Polar Plunge

    The Cheboygan Polar Plunge takes place Feb. 13, 2016 at Hoppies Tavern in Cheboygan. Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. The parade of costumes will takes place at 12:30 p.m with the Plunge starting at 1:00 p.m. The awards and After Splash Bash will start immediately following the Plunge.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Heather Fox
    Email: fox1m@cmich.edu
    Phone: 800-644-6404

    Feb 13, 2016
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Hoppies Tavern
    Cheboygan, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    13
    Grand Rapids Polar Plunge
    Feb 13, 2016
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Grand Rapids
    Michigan
    Grand Rapids Polar Plunge

    The East Grand Rapids Polar Plunge will take place on February 13, 2016 at East Grand Rapids Middle School and Reeds Lake. Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. at East Grand Rapids Middle School. The parade of costumes will start at 12:45 p.m. and the plunge immediately following the parade. The Awards and After Splash Bash will begin at 1:45 p.m. at the middle school. There will be a pre-lunch at East Grand Rapids Middle School from 11:00 -1:30 p.m.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Krista Paulin
    Email: KCPaulin@somi.org
    Phone: 616-583-1202

    Feb 13, 2016
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    East Grand Rapids Middle School
    2425 Lake Drive Southeast
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    13
    Turk Lake Polar Plunge
    Feb 13, 2016
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Greenville
    Michigan
    Turk Lake Polar Plunge

    The Turk Lake Polar Plunge in Greenville takes place Feb. 13, 2016 at Turk Lake Restaurant and Bar. Registration starts at 12:00 p.m. The parade of costumes will take place at 2:55 p.m. with the plunge following at 3:00 p.m. Awards will take place immediately following the last plunger.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Jim Dennis
    Email: dennisjw777@yahoo.co
    Phone: 989-292-5172

    Feb 13, 2016
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Turk Lake Restaurant and Bar
    Greenville, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    14
    Central Basketball League
    Feb 14, 2016
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Lawrence Township
    New Jersey
    Central Basketball League

    Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination on the court during a day of basketball competition.

    For more information

    Feb 14, 2016
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Notre Dame High School
    Lawrence Township, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    14
    South Basketball League
    Feb 14, 2016
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    West Deptford
    New Jersey
    South Basketball League

    Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination on the court during a day of basketball competition.

    For more information

    Feb 14, 2016
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    South Basketball League
    West Deptford, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    14
    East Basketball League
    Feb 14, 2016
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Old Bridge
    New Jersey
    East Basketball League

    Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination on the court during a day of basketball competition.

    For more information

    Feb 14, 2016
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Carl Sandburg Middle School
    Old Bridge, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    14
    University of Maryland Beauty & the Beast
    Feb 14, 2016
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    College Park
    Maryland
    University of Maryland Beauty & the Beast

    Join the University of Maryland Gymnastics and Wrestling programs for the second annual Beauty and the Beast event on Sunday, February 14th at 2:00pm! The GymTerps will be taking on Big Ten rival Rutgers at the XFINITY Center as the Terps Wrestling team will be dueling George Mason at the same time, on the same floor! To honor the hard work of DC Special Olympics athletes, all members of DC Special Olympics can RSVP and participate in team introductions with the Terps! Admission is FREE! RSVP below.

    For more information
    RSVP here
    Contact: Devin Rote
    Email: drote@terpmail.umd.edu
    Phone: 301-502-3884

    Feb 14, 2016
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    XFINITY Center
    8500 Paint Branch Drive
    College Park, Maryland
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    14
    North Basketball League
    Feb 14, 2016
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Edison
    New Jersey
    North Basketball League

    Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination on the court during a day of basketball competition.

    For more information

    Feb 14, 2016
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Woodrow Wilson Middle School
    Edison, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Do You Have An Event to Add?

    Tell us about it so we can publish it on the site!

    Register Your Event