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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

  • Apr
    30
    Southern Area Games
    Apr 30, 2016
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Warwick
    Rhode Island
    Southern Area Games

    The second of three track & field qualifiers will be held at Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, RI on Saturday, April 30th. Join us as 375 athletes participate in order to compete for the State Summer Games. Opening Ceremonies will be at 10am.

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

    Apr 30, 2016
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Bishop Hendricken High School
    2615 Warwick Avenue
    Warwick, Rhode Island
    UNITED STATES
  • Apr
    30
    Metro Region Track & Field
    Apr 30, 2016
    8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    Overland Park
    Kansas
    Metro Region Track & Field

    Join us April 30th at Blue Valley Northwest High School - District Activity Complex in Overland Park, Kansas as our athletes compete and show their skill in athletics 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: Chris Burt
    Email: burtc@ksso.org
    Phone: 913-789-0337

    Apr 30, 2016
    8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    Blue Valley Northwest High School - District Activity Complex
    13260 Switzer Rd
    Overland Park, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • Apr
    30
    Area 20 Tennis Competition
    Apr 30, 2016
    09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    San Antonio
    Texas
    Area 20 Tennis Competition

    Special Olympics Texas – San Antonio Area will hold their Tennis Competition on April 30, 2016 at the location listed below. This event will begin with Opening Ceremonies at 8:30 a.m., followed by competition.

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    Contact: Shawn Britt
    Email: sbritt@sotx.org
    Phone: 210-530-9898

    Apr 30, 2016
    09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    McFarlin Tennis Center
    1503 San Pedro Ave
    San Antonio, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • Apr
    30
    Dumas Local Athletics Competition
    Apr 30, 2016
    07:30 AM - 05:00 PM
    Dumas
    Texas
    Dumas Local Athletics Competition

    Dumas Athletics Teams will host their local Athletics (Track and Field) competition on April 30, 2016. Schedule of events: 8:45 a.m. - Registration begins; 9:00 a.m. - Coaches meeting; 9:15 a.m. - Parade line-up for Opening Ceremonies; 9:30 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies begins; 10:00 a.m. - Competition begins; 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch for athletes and coaches; 1:00 p.m. - Competition re-starts. Please remember to bring lawn chairs, sunscreen, hats, pop-up tents, or umbrellas for this event.

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

    Apr 30, 2016
    07:30 AM - 05:00 PM
    Dumas Demons Stadium Complex
    501 Dumas Demon Drive
    Dumas, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • Apr
    30
    Area 17 Spring Games (Athletics)
    Apr 30, 2016
    Lubbock (Wolfforth)
    Texas
    Area 17 Spring Games (Athletics)

    The South Plains area will hold its Spring Games - Athletics Competition on April 30, 2016. This competition is open to all West Region athletes who participate in athletics. Each athlete MUST compete in the Area Competition in order to move on to chapter Summer Games.

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    Contact: Ashley Pena
    Email: apena@sotx.org
    Phone: 806.788.1540

    Apr 30, 2016
    Frenship High School
    902 Dowden Road
    Lubbock (Wolfforth), Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • Apr
    30
    West Region Track & Field
    Apr 30, 2016
    08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Dodge City
    Kansas
    West Region Track & Field

    Join us April 30th at Memorial Stadium in Dodge City, Kansas as our athletes compete and show their skill in athletics (track & field) competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the link and contact information below.

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

    Apr 30, 2016
    08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Memorial Stadium
    300 W Comanche St
    Dodge City, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • Apr
    30
    Greater El Paso Golf Competition
    Apr 30, 2016
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Fort Bliss
    Texas
    Greater El Paso Golf Competition

    The Special Olympics Texas Area 19 Golf Competition will be held at the Underwood Golf Course on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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

    Apr 30, 2016
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Underwood Golf Complex
    3200 Coe Avenue
    Fort Bliss, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • Apr
    30
    Summer Training Expo - Bocce, Aquatics & Softball
    Apr 30, 2016
    08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Fort Worth
    Texas
    Summer Training Expo - Bocce, Aquatics & Softball

    On Saturday, April 30, 2016, the Greater Fort Worth area will hold a Summer Sports Training Expo for anyone interested in becoming a certified Special Olympics coach. Sports included: Aquatics; Bocce; Softball. No previous experience is necessary. This Level I training will focus on the basic skills and strategies of the sports. The course will include a classroom session, as well as a practical portion, so please wear athletic shoes and clothing that will allow for mild physical activity. Aquatics coaches, you will be in the water, so please be prepared.

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    Contact: Cheryl Bledsaw
    Email: cbledsaw@sotx.org
    Phone: 817-332-3433

    Apr 30, 2016
    08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Resource Connection
    2300 Circle Drive
    Fort Worth, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • Apr
    30
    Bocce Coaches Training
    Apr 30, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Kermit
    Texas
    Bocce Coaches Training

    On Saturday, April 30, the Area 18 - Permian Basin/Big Bend Area will hold a Level 1 Bocce Ball Coach Training for anyone interested in becoming a certified Bocce Ball Special Olympics Texas Coach. This training will focus on the basic skills and strategies of Bocce Ball. It will include a classroom session, as well as a practical portion so please wear appropriate attire for participating in skills outside.

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    Contact: Hannah Simmons
    Email: hsimmons@sotx.org
    Phone: 432-684-5024

    Apr 30, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Kermit Junior High
    601 S. Popular St.
    Kermit, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • Apr
    30
    Softball League
    Apr 30, 2016
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    West Windsor Township
    New Jersey
    Softball League

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

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    Apr 30, 2016
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Mercer County Park
    West Windsor Township, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Apr
    30
    East Aquatics Sectional
    Apr 30, 2016
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Neptune City
    New Jersey
    East Aquatics Sectional

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

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    Apr 30, 2016
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Neptune Aquatics Center
    Neptune City, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
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