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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

Herbalife Nutrition and Special Olympics Announce $1 Million Fitness Collaboration

September 26, 2016

Herbalife, a global nutrition company, today announced a $1 million collaboration with Special Olympics to support the organization's fitness programming around the world, focusing on increasing physical activity and improving nutrition and hydration.

Call For Media to Register for Special Olympics World Winter Games

September 26, 2016

1000 media from around the globe are expected to cover the Games in Austria in March 2017.

Philanthropist Tom Golisano and Special Olympics Launch New Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards to Recognize Significant Progress Made in Increasing Access to Health for People with Intellectual Disabilities

September 13, 2016

Awards are Special Olympics highest health honor Global awards presented at the 2017 Special Olympics World Games in Austria.
 

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Events Around the World

  • Sep
    30
    Centreville Community Run
    Sep 30, 2016
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    St. Joseph
    Michigan
    Centreville Community Run

    The Centreville Community Run will start and end at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the run will start at 10:30 a.m. Registration fee of $25.00 includes a LETR Run Shirt.

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    Contact: Courtney Reingardt
    Email: courtney_reingardt@yahoo.com
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    Sep 30, 2016
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    St. Joseph County Fairgrounds
    St. Joseph, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    30
    2016 Bocce Competition
    Sep 30, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Austin
    Texas
    2016 Bocce Competition

    The Special Olympics Texas- Central Texas Area Bocce Competition is an area-wide competition for athletes/teams. ** This date is tentative and may change depending on availability of venue and location.** The start and end time will be determined by the number of teams/athletes that enter the competition. This information will be updated in weeks leading up to the competition

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    Sep 30, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Austin State Supported Living Center
    2203 W. 35th St.
    Austin, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    30
    NC Special Olympics Sports Day
    Sep 30, 2016
    Ruston
    Louisiana
    NC Special Olympics Sports Day

    Join us September 30th at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, LA as our athletes compete and show their skill in Flag Football Bocce, Horseshoes, Soccer 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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    Sep 30, 2016
    Louisiana Tech
    Ruston, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
  • Oct
    01
    2016 Fire Truck Pull/San Antonio
    Oct 01, 2016
    08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    San Antonio
    Texas
    2016 Fire Truck Pull/San Antonio

    It's the ultimate tug of war challenge... and a great team-building event. Gather a team of 12 and join in the San Antonio Fire Truck Pull Challenge. Your team will play "tug of war" with a 66,000-lb fire truck on October 1. The teams with the Fastest Team Pull and Most Money Raised will be named 2016 Fire Truck Pull Challenge Champions.

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    Oct 01, 2016
    08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    San Antonio Fire Training Academy
    300 South Callaghan
    San Antonio, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • Oct
    01
    Special Olympics Fall Kayak Trip
    Oct 01, 2016
    10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Mt. Pleasant
    South Carolina
    Special Olympics Fall Kayak Trip

    Join us October 1st in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina as our athletes in Area 6 will take part in a fun fall paddle trip down Shem Creek.For more details please use the contact information below.

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    Oct 01, 2016
    10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Shem Creek
    Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
    UNITED STATES
  • Oct
    01
    2016 Volleyball Competition
    Oct 01, 2016
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Canyon
    Texas
    2016 Volleyball Competition

    Area 16/Panhandle will host a Volleyball Competition on October 1, 2016 at the First United Bank Center on the campus of West Texas A&M. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. Entries are due no later than September 9, 2016 by C.O.B to Mitch Tybroski via email: mtybroski@sotx.org or fax your entries to: Attn: Mitch Tybroski; fax number: 806.374.7173 Late entries will not be accepted! If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Mitch Tybroski for more information. Volunteers must register at our volunteer registration table and must present a picture identification card to be a Day of Event volunteer.

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    Oct 01, 2016
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    West Texas A&M - First United Bank Center
    2501 4th Avenue
    Canyon, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • Oct
    01
    2016 Flag Football Competition
    Oct 01, 2016
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Keller
    Texas
    2016 Flag Football Competition

    The Greater Fort Worth Area 2016 Flag Football Competition will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Athlete Medicals are due to the area office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. Entries are due to the area office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Please use the athlete entry forms and delegation report that can be found here. For more information, please call Dalton Hill at the area office.

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    Oct 01, 2016
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Keller High School
    601 Pate Orr Road
    Keller, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • Oct
    01
    2017 Gatesville Local Bocce Competition
    Oct 01, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Gatesville
    Texas
    2017 Gatesville Local Bocce Competition

    There will be a local Bocce Competition in Gatesville on Saturday, October 1, 2016. This event is being hosted by the Team Gatesville Special Olympics Texas delegation. Send entries to the Area Office by September 21 by email or fax (254.751.0387) Lunch will be provided to each delegation. There will also be a concession stand available.

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    Oct 01, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Gatesville High School baseball field
    205 S. Lovers Lane
    Gatesville, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • Oct
    01
    North Soccer League
    Oct 01, 2016
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Clark
    New Jersey
    North Soccer League

    Join us as our athletes compete and show their skill in soccer competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports.

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    Oct 01, 2016
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Oak Ridge Park
    Clark, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Oct
    01
    West Regional Bowling - North
    Oct 01, 2016
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Colby
    Kansas
    West Regional Bowling - North

    The West Regional Bowling Tournament – North will be held in Colby, KS. For more information, contact Kim Pianalto at pianalotk@ksso.org

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

    Oct 01, 2016
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Colby Bowl
    1175 S Range Ave
    Colby, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • Oct
    01
    South Soccer League
    Oct 01, 2016
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    West Deptford
    New Jersey
    South Soccer League

    Join us as our athletes compete and show their skill in soccer competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports.

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    Oct 01, 2016
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    RiverWinds Community Center
    West Deptford, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
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