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Rebecca Simon
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Latest News and Press Releases

Special Olympics Begins One-Year Countdown to 50th Anniversary

July 20, 2017

Chicago will host the Special Olympics movement’s 50th Anniversary global celebration events July 17 – 22, 2018.

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.

Events Around the World

  • Aug
    26
    South Carolina State Kayaking Competition
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    Sat Aug 26, 2017
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    Charleston
    South Carolina
    USA

    South Carolina State Kayaking Competition

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    Sat Aug 26, 2017

    Special Olympics South Carolina welcomes Special Olympics athletes training in the sport of kayaking for a one-day competitive event. The competition provides races for both Unified Sports teams and traditional Special Olympics athletes.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    James Island County Park
    871 Riverland Dr.
    Charleston, South Carolina
    USA
  • Aug 31 - Sep 04
    European Unified Volleyball Tournament 2017 in Poland
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    Thu Aug 31 - Mon Sep 04, 2017
     
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    Kraków
    Poland

    European Unified Volleyball Tournament 2017 in Poland

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    Thu Aug 31 - Mon Sep 04, 2017
     

    100 athletes from 10 countries will participate in this years European Unified Volleyball Tournament in Katowice Poland.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Tauron Arena Kraków
    Stanisława Lema 7, 31-571
    Kraków
    Poland
  • Sep
    09
    Unified Champion Schools Youth Activation Summit
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    Sat Sep 09, 2017
    location
    Columbia
    South Carolina
    USA

    Unified Champion Schools Youth Activation Summit

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    Sat Sep 09, 2017

    Special Olympics South Carolina will host more than 400 middle and high school students from Unified Champion Schools statewide for a one-day leadership conference. The students, with and without intellectual disabilities, will explore ways of leading the Unified Champion School movement in their schools and communities while connecting with other youth leaders who share in this movement.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Columbia Convention Center
    1101 Lincoln St
    Columbia, South Carolina
    USA
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  • Sep 11 - Sep 14
    Africa Leadership Academy
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    Mon Sep 11 - Thu Sep 14, 2017
     
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    Lusaka
    Zambia

    Africa Leadership Academy

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    Mon Sep 11 - Thu Sep 14, 2017
     

    The Academy offers participants a great opportunity to think about their role. It provides leader in the Special Olympics Movement with tools for performance improvement.

    Venue(s)
    location
    Olympic Youth Development Centre
    Plot 33847
    Lusaka
    Zambia
    Corner New Kasangula Road and Great North Road
  • Sep
    14
    Southeast Regional Golf Competition
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    Thu Sep 14, 2017
    09:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    location
    Pittsburg
    Kansas
    USA

    Southeast Regional Golf Competition

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    Thu Sep 14, 2017
    09:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    The Southeast Regional Golf Tournament will be held at Four Oaks Course in Pittsburg, Kansas. Youth tee times begin at 9:00am and adult tee times at 12:00pm. For more information contact use the contact info below.


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    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Four Oaks Gold Course
    910 Memorial Dr
    Pittsburg, Kansas
    USA
  • Sep 15 - Sep 17
    South Dakota Fall Classic
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    Fri Sep 15 - Sun Sep 17, 2017
     
    location
    Mitchell
    South Dakota
    USA

    South Dakota Fall Classic

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    Fri Sep 15 - Sun Sep 17, 2017
     

    We are expecting 200 athletes and Unified partners to participate in our 2nd State Bocce Tournament. Over 300 athletes are expected to participate in our State Softball Tournament. Teams will compete in traditional team slow-pitch, Unified slow-pitch and t-ball competition over this two day tournament.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Cadwell Park
    W. 13th Ave.
    Mitchell, South Dakota
    USA
  • Sep
    24
    One More Tri - Unified Triathlon
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    Sun Sep 24, 2017
    08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    location
    Asbury Park
    New Jersey
    USA

    One More Tri - Unified Triathlon

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    Sun Sep 24, 2017
    08:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    One More Tri, the only unified triathlon in the state, embraces the idea that sports can unify all of us. It's more than a race - it’s a Unified Triathlon Experience where triathletes of all skill levels compete side-by-side with Special Olympics athletes. This race is inspired by a simple principle: the act of competing together ensures a quick path to understanding, acceptance, and friendship. All proceeds support Special Olympics New Jersey, a non-profit organization that provides free year-round sports training and athletic competition in 24 Olympic-type sports for more than 25,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities.


    Related Link(s):www.OneMoreTri.org

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Asbury Park
    Asbury and Ocean Ave
    Asbury Park, New Jersey
    USA
  • Sep
    24
    State Soccer & Bocce Tournament
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    Sun Sep 24, 2017
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    location
    Olathe
    Kansas
    USA

    State Soccer & Bocce Tournament

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    Sun Sep 24, 2017
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    The State Soccer & Bocce Tournament will be held on September 24 at the Lone Elm Park, 21151 W 167th, Olathe KS. The competition will begin at 8:00a.m. and end around 4:00p.m. For more information, contact Tim Rehder at rehdert@ksso.org.


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    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Lone Elm Park
     21151 W 167th
    Olathe, Kansas
    USA
  • Sep 29 - Oct 01
    Special Olympics Michigan State Fall Games
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    Fri Sep 29 - Sun Oct 01, 2017
     
    location
    Ann Arbor
    Michigan
    USA

    Special Olympics Michigan State Fall Games

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    Fri Sep 29 - Sun Oct 01, 2017
     

    The State Fall Games presented by Real Estate One offers a high profile, exciting event for approximately 1,600 Special Olympics Michigan athletes to showcase their skills in Flag Football, Soccer, Cycling, Softball, Golf and Kayaking


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Sheraton Ann Arbor
    3200 Boardwalk St.
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    USA
    Sheraton Ann Arbor is the host hotel for the State Fall Games and is home to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Healthy Athletes screenings, Young Athletes, souvenirs, special events and delegation housing.
  • Oct
    13
    Unified Schools Middle School Youth Summit
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    Fri Oct 13, 2017
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    location
    Farmington
    Minnesota
    USA

    Unified Schools Middle School Youth Summit

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    Fri Oct 13, 2017
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Students are going to experience opportunities to: Embrace each other’s differences and celebrates success in various situations: Learn about strategies to overcoming adversity; Foster creative solutions to solve problems for all abilities by using teamwork and communication: Develop leadership traits in how to lead a team in a way that is respectful, encouraging, and inclusive.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Farmington High School
    20655 Flagstaff Ave
    Farmington, Minnesota
    USA
  • Oct
    14
    Unified Bowling Nebraska (East)
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    Sat Oct 14, 2017
    10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    location
    Omaha
    Nebraska
    USA

    Unified Bowling Nebraska (East)

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    Sat Oct 14, 2017
    10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Join us on Saturday, October 14th at Maplewood Lanes in Omaha, Nebraska as athletes and their Unified partners compete in Unified Bowling competition.


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    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Maplewood Lanes
    3030 N 101st St
    Omaha, Nebraska
    USA