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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

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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
E-mail
Twitter: @ryan2499
Health Programs
Karl Hejlik 
Director, Internal Communications
+1 202-824-0308
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Events Around the World

  • 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
  • Dec
    15
    Unified Athletics Recognition Night
    Dec 15, 2016
    06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
    Columbus
    Indiana
    Unified Athletics Recognition Night

    Thursday, December 15th will be a special night. Not only is it the East vs North girls basketball game, but it is our Unified-Athlete recognition night featuring the Unified Track/basketball athletes and the Unified dance team. Between the JV & V Girls game- Prior to varsity warm-up period there will be a 12-minute running clock unified basketball game between the East & North Unified teams. Halftime during the varsity game- Unified dance Team will perform Pass the bucket collection to support both school unified programs will take place between the first and second quarters of the varsity game. Please plan to attend this special event.

    For more information
    Contact: Pete Huse (Athletic Director)
    Email: husep@bcsc.k12.in.us
    Phone: 812-376-4365

    Dec 15, 2016
    06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
    Columbus East vs. Columbus North JV & Varsity Basketball Game
    230 S Marr Rd.
    Columbus, Indiana
    UNITED STATES
  • Dec
    16
    Jefferson Area Independent Bowling
    Dec 16, 2016
    Harahan
    Louisiana
    Jefferson Area Independent Bowling

    Join us December 16th at Colonial Lanes in Harahan, Louisiana 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

    Dec 16, 2016
    Colonial Lanes
    Harahan, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
  • Dec
    17
    Floor Hockey League
    Dec 17, 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 17, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Burlington City High School
    Burlington, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Dec
    17
    Volleyball League
    Dec 17, 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 17, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex
    Lawrenceville, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Dec
    19
    Healthy Athletes Screening
    Dec 19, 2016
    Dakar
    SOUTH AFRICA
    Healthy Athletes Screening

    Join us 19 December at Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor in Dakar, Senegal, South Africa as we host a Healthy Athletes Screening for Special Olympics athletes. For more details please use the contact information below.

    For more information

    Dec 19, 2016
    Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor
    13 Sloane Street
    Dakar, Senegal
    SOUTH AFRICA
  • Jan
    07
    Winter Games - Floor Hockey
    Jan 07, 2017 - Jan 08, 2017
     
    Galloway
    New Jersey
    Winter Games - Floor Hockey

    Join us Jan 7-8 at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey as our athletes compete and show their skill in Floor Hockey 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: Angela Huggins
    Email: akh@sonj.org
    Phone: 609-896-8000

    Jan 07, 2017 - Jan 08, 2017
     
    Stockton University
    101 Vera King Farris Drive
    Galloway, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jan
    07
    Upper Peninsula Regional Winter Games
    Jan 07, 2017
    11:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    Marquette
    Michigan
    Upper Peninsula Regional Winter Games

    Join us January 7th, 2017 at Marquette Mountain Ski Area in Marquette, Michigan as our as athletes from the Upper Peninsula Region compete and show their skill in Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, and Rowing 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: Pamela Bahrman
    Email: area36@somi.org
    Phone: 906-869-2403

    Jan 07, 2017
    11:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    Marquette Mountain Ski Area
    4501 M-553
    Marquette, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
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