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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

MetLife Partners with Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity to Launch First EMEA Community Service Week

May 23, 2016

MetLife announces partnerships with Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity that will provide employees across its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) markets with the opportunity to volunteer in community projects.

ESPN and Special Olympics Reach New Programming and Unified Sports® Sponsorship Agreements

May 18, 2016

ESPN’s Global Presenting Sponsorship of Special Olympics Unified Sports® has been renewed and expanded. ESPN will be the Official Media Partner through 2019 including Special Olympic World Games and Special Olympics USA Games, plus deliver additional year-round coverage and content.

Seattle to Host 2018 USA Games; Most Significant Sporting Event to Come to Seattle since 1990 Goodwill Games

May 12, 2016

Seattle to Host 2018 USA Games Social Seattle to Host 2018 USA Games; Most Significant Sporting Event to Come to Seattle since 1990 Goodwill Games Special Olympics announced today that Seattle, Washington has been selected to host the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, the national games fo

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Lynn Erickson
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Events Around the World

  • May
    31
    Anthony's "Gives Back" to NJ LETR
    May 31, 2016
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Fair Lawn
    New Jersey
    Anthony's "Gives Back" to NJ LETR

    Come eat at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza and tell your server you are dining to support Special Olympics New Jersey. Anthony's will donate 20% of your dine-in or carry-out sales, so you can enjoy a great meal AND help support more than 25,000 athletes throughout New Jersey.

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    Contact: Mark Distler
    Phone: 551-486-3518

    May 31, 2016
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
    2101 Promenade Blvd.
    Fair Lawn , New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    01
    Video Spin Class
    Jun 01, 2016
    07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Closter
    New Jersey
    Video Spin Class

    The Northern Valley PBA 233 Torch Run is sponsoring a spin class fundraiser at Core Fitness Center in Closter. Bring the coupon (click on More Details) and a $20 donation to participate in this fundraising event to support the more than 25,000 athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey.

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    Contact: Sgt. Chris Dippolito
    Email: cdippolito@closterpolice.org

    Jun 01, 2016
    07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Core Fitness Center
    91 Ruckman Rd., #1
    Closter, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    02
    Pasta Night Fundraiser
    Jun 02, 2016
    04:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Middlesex
    New Jersey
    Pasta Night Fundraiser

    Get your tickets for this annual fundraising event at Ellery's Grill in Middlesex. This event features an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner, live entertainment and a Super 50/50 Cash Raffle. Tickets are $20/person and can be purchased by calling Ellery's at (732) 356-2444 or emailing ellerys@optonline.net or from the Middlesex or Dunellen Police Departments. Sponsored by the Middlesex and Dunellen Law Enforcement Torch Runs, Ellery's Grill and the Middlesex Borough Business and Professional Association.

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    Email: ellerys@optonline.net
    Phone: 732-356-2444

    Jun 02, 2016
    04:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Ellery's Grill
    701 Lincoln Blvd.
    Middlesex, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    02
    Invitational Unified 7-a-side Football Tournament
    Jun 02, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016
     
    Villarreal
    SPAIN
    Invitational Unified 7-a-side Football Tournament

    For 3 days, special Olympics Unified Football teams from all over Spain, and from 4 European countries, will gather to enjoy their favourite game in the sports facilities of one of the most important teams of the Spanish Premier League: Villarreal CF.

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    Contact: David Pequeño
    Email: info@specialolympics.es
    Phone: +34932174224

    Jun 02, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016
     
    Ciudad Deportiva del Villarreal CF
    Villarreal, Valencia
    SPAIN
  • Jun
    02
    Michigan State Summer Games
    Jun 02, 2016 - Jun 04, 2016
     
    Mount Pleasant
    Michigan
    Michigan State Summer Games

    The State Summer Games presented by SpartanNash take place June 2-4, 2016 on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. The State Summer Games is the largest Special Olympics Michigan event with 2,600 SOMI athletes along with an additional 3,400 coaches, volunteers, chaperones, family members and spectators attending each year. Ten types of competition are offered at the State Summer Games each year, including aquatics, athletics, bocce, bowling, gymnastics, horseshoes, power lifting, weightlifting, volleyball, developmental athletics and motor activities training program. Athletes compete in State Summer Games after qualifying at local competitions throughout the year. The State Summer Games is one of six annual statewide competitions for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. The Special Olympics Michigan programs are offered at no cost to the athletes or their families. The State Summer Games are proudly presented by SpartanNash, the only Statewide Premier Gold Medal Sponsor of Special Olympics Michigan.

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    Contact: Aaron Mills
    Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
    Phone: 989-774-4393

    Jun 02, 2016 - Jun 04, 2016
     
    Central Michigan University
    Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    03
    Healthy Athletes
    Jun 03, 2016
    01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    Wichita
    Kansas
    Healthy Athletes

    The following screenings will be offered at Summer Games: Healthy Hearing, Opening Eyes, and Health Promotions. The screenings are offered at no cost to all Special Olympics athletes with a current physical on file with Special Olympics Kansas. The screenings are conducted by Clinical Directors who have been trained by Special Olympics, Inc. When health issues are identified the results of the screenings are sent to parents/guardians or the adult athlete. Approximately 230 athletes will take part in the screenings.

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    Contact: Terri Price
    Email: pricet@ksso.org
    Phone: 913-236-9092

    Jun 03, 2016
    01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    WSU - Heskett Center
    1845 Fairmount
    Wichita, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    03
    LETR Carson City 5k Run/Walk
    Jun 03, 2016
    06:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Carson City
    Michigan
    LETR Carson City 5k Run/Walk

    The LETR Carson City 5k Run/Walk will take place June 3rd at Carson City High School. Registration starts at 6:00 p.m. with the race starting at 6:45 p.m. Fee is $20 to participate which includes a t-shirt. Age groups are: 10-19, 20-19, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. Medals will be awarded for 1st and 2nd in each age group.

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    Contact: Chief David Ellis
    Phone: 989-436-1512

    Jun 03, 2016
    06:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Carson City High School
    213 E. Sherman
    Carson City, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    03
    State Summer Games
    Jun 03, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016
     
    Kingston
    Rhode Island
    State Summer Games

    Join us as 1,500 athletes from 60 teams participate in a weekend-long event at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island. Sports offered include: Aquatics, Athletics, Bowling, Cycling, Motor Activities Training Program, Powerlifting and Soccer. Even though some competitions begin Friday, June 3rd during the day, Opening Ceremonies will be held that evening at 7:30pm.

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

    Jun 03, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016
     
    University of Rhode Island
    45 Upper College Road
    Kingston, Rhode Island
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    03
    Kansas Summer Games
    Jun 03, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016
     
    Wichita
    Kansas
    Kansas Summer Games

    This three day event will begin on June 3, competition will be held in cycling, tennis and aquatics. Healthy Athletes will also take place. Opening Ceremonies will be on Friday, June 3. Competition in athletics will begin on Saturday June 4 and end on Sunday June 5.

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    Contact: Tim Rehder
    Email: rehdert@ksso.org
    Phone: 913-236-9290

    Jun 03, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016
     
    Wichita State University
    1845 Fairmount St
    Wichita, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    04
    Garden of Life Sun Run 5K Challenge
    Jun 04, 2016
    07:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Palm Beach Gardens
    Florida
    Garden of Life Sun Run 5K Challenge

    Garden of Life presents its inaugural 5K race on June 4th: the Garden of Life Sun Run 5K Challenge, a race for runners and walkers of all ages, at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The race features a 5K (3.1 mile) scenic route along the famous Champion Course, home of the PGA Tour’s The Honda Classic. Along with the race, the Sun Run is a community event for all ages! The event features local organic farmers with fresh produce, Garden of Life product samples, the Street Team from local radio station WRMF, a Diaper Derby for all of our young athletes, and more! Did we mention that all participants will be entered to win a brand new Honda Fit car? And the prize for the top male and female finisher is $2,500 in cash each?! Join us! To register for the Sun Run 5K and/or the Sun Run Diaper Derby or for more information, please use the link below.

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    Contact: Lisa Gallo
    Email: lgallo@gardenoflife.com
    Phone: 561-748-2477, ext. 1

    Jun 04, 2016
    07:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    PGA National Resort & Spa
    400 Avenue of the Champions
    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    04
    Plane Pull for Special Olympics Iowa
    Jun 04, 2016
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Des Moines
    Iowa
    Plane Pull for Special Olympics Iowa

    Put your strength to the test against a UPS 757 airplane weighing more than 120,000 pounds. Team awards will be given in the following categories: Fastest Pull (in each of the five divisions); Grand Champion; Top Fundraising Team; Best Team Costume. For more information using the link and contact information below.

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    Phone: 515-986-5520

    Jun 04, 2016
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Endeavor Air/South Cargo Ramp, Des Moines International Airport
    Des Moines, Iowa
    UNITED STATES
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