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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

Only One Year To Go Until the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 in Austria!

March 14, 2016

In exactly one year from today, more than 3,000 athletes from more than 100 nations will travel to Austria to compete in the Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Al Roker and Dylan Dreyer from NBC’s TODAY Show To Take Polar Plunge® for Special Olympics in Chicago on March 6th

March 04, 2016

Special Olympics announced today that Al Roker, weekday weather anchor, and Dylan Dreyer, weekend weather anchor, from NBC's TODAY Show are jumping into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan and "freezing for a reason" - to help raise awareness for Special Olympics!

Special Olympics and Best Buddies International Celebrate 8th Annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day

March 02, 2016

Special Olympics, Best Buddies International, and supporters from around the world will unite today on the eighth annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day to continue building awareness for society to stop and think about its use of the R-word and rally people to pledge respect toward all individuals, making the world a more accepting and inclusive place for all people, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

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
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Events Around the World

  • May
    05
    Area 2 Aquatics Competition
    May 05, 2016 - May 06, 2016
     
    Corpus Christi
    Texas
    Area 2 Aquatics Competition

    Join us May 5-6 at Corpus Christi Natatorium in Corpus Christi, Texas as our athletes compete and show their skill in aquatics 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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    Contact: Alice Fulton-Garza
    Email: agarza@sotx.org
    Phone: 361-857-5679

    May 05, 2016 - May 06, 2016
     
    Corpus Christi Natatorium
    3202 Cabiness Parkway
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    06
    Dodgeball Tournament
    May 06, 2016
    06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Ludington
    Michigan
    Dodgeball Tournament

    Click the firstgiving link to register. $160 minimum per team. 6-8 players per team. Minimum age is 14. All participants receive a t-shirt.

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    Contact: Lisa Luttrull
    Email: lluttrull@wsesd.org
    Phone: 231-898-1665

    May 06, 2016
    06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Ludington High School Gymnasium
    508 N. Washington
    Ludington, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    06
    Great El Paso Spring Games - Area 19
    May 06, 2016 - May 07, 2016
     
    El Paso
    Texas
    Great El Paso Spring Games - Area 19

    Come and cheer on our athletes during our the Area 19 Great El Paso Spring Games as they demonstrate their courage and determination during 2 days sport competition. This event will be held May 6-7 at Burges High School in El Paso, Texas. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.

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    Contact: Catherine Waradzyn
    Email: cwaradzyn@sotx.org
    Phone: 915-533-8229

    May 06, 2016 - May 07, 2016
     
    Burges High School
    7800 Edgemere Blvd.
    El Paso, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    06
    Area 13 Spring Games
    May 06, 2016 - May 07, 2016
     
    Leander
    Texas
    Area 13 Spring Games

    Want to experience what Special Olympics Area 13 Spring Games are all about? Come to Bible Stadium in Leander, Texas on May 6-7 to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the track and field. For more details please use the contact information below.

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    Contact: Jason Miller
    Email: jmiller@sotx.org
    Phone: 512-491-2964

    May 06, 2016 - May 07, 2016
     
    Bible Stadium
    3301 S Bagdad Rd
    Leander, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    06
    Area 17 Soccer Competition
    May 06, 2016
    09:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Lubbock
    Texas
    Area 17 Soccer Competition

    Join us May 6th at Lubbock Christian University soccer fields in Lubbock, Texas as our Area 17 athletes compete and show their skill in soccer competition. This event will begin with Opening Ceremonies at 9 a.m., followed by 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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    Contact: Ashley Pena
    Email: apena@sotx.org
    Phone: 806.788.1540

    May 06, 2016
    09:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Lubbock Christian University
    5601 19th St
    Lubbock, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    06
    Special Olympics Special Smiles
    May 06, 2016
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Carbondale
    Illinois
    Special Olympics Special Smiles

    Students and faculty volunteers from the SIU Dental Hygiene program will be providing oral cancer screenings and oral health education to the athletes. Goody bags will be provided for those who participate in the free screening event.

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    Contact: Jennifer S. Sherry, RDH, MSEd
    Email: clnteth@siu.edu
    Phone: 618-453-8891

    May 06, 2016
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Southern Illinois University, Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex
    405 Saluki Drive
    Carbondale, Illinois
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    07
    Northern Area Games
    May 07, 2016
    8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Smithfield
    Rhode Island
    Northern Area Games

    The last track and field qualifier will be held at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island on Saturday, May 7th. Join us as 350 athletes participate in order to compete for the State Summer Games. Opening Ceremonies will be at 8:45am.

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    Contact: Chris Hopkins
    Email: chris@specialolympicsri.org
    Phone: 401-349-4900

    May 07, 2016
    8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Bryant University
    1150 Douglas Turnpike
    Smithfield, Rhode Island
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    07
    Unified Volleyball Tournament
    May 07, 2016 - May 07, 2016
     
    Smithfield
    Rhode Island
    Unified Volleyball Tournament

    Join us as 360 athletes and unified partners from 18 teams across the state participate in 6 weeks of league-play games at Bryant University under the direction of the Bryant University Women's Volleyball team and Johnson & Wales University under the direction of Johnson & Wales Men's & Women's Volleyball teams. Weekly games lead up to the Unified Volleyball Tournament which will be held at Bryant University on Saturday, May 7th. Opening Ceremonies will be at 8:45am and games begin at 10am.

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    Contact: Chris Hopkins
    Email: chris@specialolympicsri.org
    Phone: 401-349-4900

    May 07, 2016 - May 07, 2016
     
    Bryant University
    1150 Douglas Turnpike
    Smithfield, Rhode Island
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    07
    Area 16 Spring Games
    May 07, 2016
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Boys Ranch
    Texas
    Area 16 Spring Games

    Come and cheer on our athletes during our Area 16/Panhandle Spring Games as they demonstrate their courage and determination during a day of sport competition. This event will be held on May 7th in Boys Ranch, Texas. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.

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    Contact: Mitch Tybroski
    Email: mtybroski@sotx.org
    Phone: 806-374-7171

    May 07, 2016
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Boy's Ranch
    Boys Ranch, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    07
    Unified Soccer Tournament
    May 07, 2016
    09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Bonner Springs
    Kansas
    Unified Soccer Tournament

    The Kansas Unified Sports League will host its culminating tournament. KC area high schools, middle schools and adults will compete against teams of similar age and ability. Teams are comprised of Special Olympics athletes and volunteer partners who work together to enhance their skills and form friendships. Exemplifying that "Together, we will achieve."

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    Contact: Clint Armistead
    Email: armisteadc@ksso.org
    Phone: 913-236-9092

    May 07, 2016
    09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    David Jaynes Stadium
    100 McDanield St
    Bonner Springs, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    07
    Area 22 2016 Spring Games
    May 07, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Dickinson
    Texas
    Area 22 2016 Spring Games

    Come and cheer on our athletes during our Gulf Coast Area 22 Spring Games as they demonstrate their courage and determination during a day of track and field competition. This event will be held on May 7th at Dickinson High School in Dickinson, Texas. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.

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    Contact: Pam Hollaway
    Email: phollaway@sotx.org
    Phone: 281-218-6024

    May 07, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Dickinson High School
    3800 Baker Dr. Dickinson
    Dickinson, Texas
    UNITED STATES
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