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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.

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Rebecca Simon
Director, Health External Affairs
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Latest News and Press Releases

Special Olympics Begins One-Year Countdown to 50th Anniversary

July 20, 2017

Chicago will host the Special Olympics movement’s 50th Anniversary global celebration events July 17 – 22, 2018.

Maria Gabriela Sigala of Venezuela joins Board of Directors

June 21, 2017

The Special Olympics International Board of Directors has elected a new member, Maria Gabriela Sigala, a leading philanthropist in Venezuela and former First Lady of Carabobo, Venezuela.

Special Olympics Founder to be Honored at The 2017 ESPYS on ABC

June 06, 2017

Eunice Kennedy Shriver dedicated her life to championing the rights and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities. Her legacy lives on through Special Olympics, the global movement she founded in 1968 that harnesses the transformative power of sports to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and celebrated members of society.

Events Around the World

  • Aug 15 - Aug 18
    Coaches Training
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    Tue Aug 15 - Fri Aug 18, 2017
     
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    Mhluzi
    Middelburg - MP -- North West
    South Africa

    Coaches Training

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    Tue Aug 15 - Fri Aug 18, 2017
     

    Special Olympics South Africa National Office will be hosting a coaches training.

    Contact information

    • Kgao Mogatle
      Training Organiser
      0825196678
    Venue(s)
    location
    Reatlegile Special School
    365 Balai St
    Mhluzi, Middelburg - MP -- North West
    South Africa
  • Aug 17 - Aug 19
    Special Olympics Kenya Coaches Training
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    Thu Aug 17 - Sat Aug 19, 2017
     
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    Meru County
    Upper Eastern
    Kenya

    Special Olympics Kenya Coaches Training

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    Thu Aug 17 - Sat Aug 19, 2017
     

    Special Olympics Kenya will hold Coaches Training for 32 coaches in the Maua Basin Hotel in Meru County, Upper Eastern, Kenya.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Maua Basin Hotel
    Meru County, Upper Eastern
    Kenya
    Tigania West
  • Aug 17 - Aug 20
    Special Olympics North America Softball Championship
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    Thu Aug 17 - Sun Aug 20, 2017
     
    location
    2 venues
    USA

    Special Olympics North America Softball Championship

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    Thu Aug 17 - Sun Aug 20, 2017
     

    More than 400 athletes and Unified partners comprising 28 teams from throughout the United States and Canada will be competing in the sport of softball in Special Olympics traditional team and Unified Sports (people with and without intellectual disabilities playing as teammates) formats.


    Venue(s)
    location
    Clem Kelly Softball Complex
    517 W. Arbor Ave
    Bismarck, North Dakota
    USA
    All competition will take place here.
    location
    Municipal Ballpark
    303 W. Front Ave
    Bismarck, North Dakota
    USA
    Location for Opening Ceremony, Parade of Athletes, concert and fireworks display.
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  • Aug
    21
    ¡Basta Ya! Detengamos el Bullying / Enough Already! Stop Bullying
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    Mon Aug 21, 2017
    04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
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    Guatemala

    ¡Basta Ya! Detengamos el Bullying / Enough Already! Stop Bullying

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    Mon Aug 21, 2017
    04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

    Como parte de los esfuerzos para crear un mundo más inclusivo, Olimpiadas Especiales se une a las conferencistas Marisa Azaret, colaboradora de CNN en Español, y Tuti Furlán, reconocida comunicadora guatemalteca, para educar y ofrecer, a jóvenes y adultos, herramientas y recomendaciones para erradicar el bullying. Este evento se realizará el lunes 21 de agosto en Ciudad de Guatemala. Adquiera su entrada llamando a Olimpiadas Especiales Guatemala al +502 2361-7916 o a través de TodoTicket. Apoye la inclusión participando con el hashtag #NoMasBullying. / As part of the efforts to create a more inclusive world, Special Olympics joins the speakers Marisa Azaret, a CNN en Español collaborator, and Tuti Furlán, a renowned Guatemalan communicator, to educate and offer youth and adults tools and recommendations for Eradicate bullying. This event will be held on Monday, August 21 in Guatemala City. Acquire your ticket by calling Special Olympics Guatemala at +502 2361-7916 or through TodoTicket. Support inclusion by participating with the #NoMasBullying hashtag.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Hotel Intercontinental
    14 Calle 2-51
    Guatemala
  • Aug
    26
    South Carolina State Kayaking Competition
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    Sat Aug 26, 2017
    location
    Charleston
    South Carolina
    USA

    South Carolina State Kayaking Competition

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    Sat Aug 26, 2017

    Special Olympics South Carolina welcomes Special Olympics athletes training in the sport of kayaking for a one-day competitive event. The competition provides races for both Unified Sports teams and traditional Special Olympics athletes.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    James Island County Park
    871 Riverland Dr.
    Charleston, South Carolina
    USA
  • Aug 31 - Sep 04
    European Unified Volleyball Tournament 2017 in Poland
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    Thu Aug 31 - Mon Sep 04, 2017
     
    location
    Kraków
    Poland

    European Unified Volleyball Tournament 2017 in Poland

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    Thu Aug 31 - Mon Sep 04, 2017
     

    100 athletes from 10 countries will participate in this years European Unified Volleyball Tournament in Katowice Poland.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Tauron Arena Kraków
    Stanisława Lema 7, 31-571
    Kraków
    Poland
  • Sep
    09
    Unified Champion Schools Youth Activation Summit
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    Sat Sep 09, 2017
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    Columbia
    South Carolina
    USA

    Unified Champion Schools Youth Activation Summit

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    Sat Sep 09, 2017

    Special Olympics South Carolina will host more than 400 middle and high school students from Unified Champion Schools statewide for a one-day leadership conference. The students, with and without intellectual disabilities, will explore ways of leading the Unified Champion School movement in their schools and communities while connecting with other youth leaders who share in this movement.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Columbia Convention Center
    1101 Lincoln St
    Columbia, South Carolina
    USA
  • Sep 11 - Sep 14
    Africa Leadership Academy
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    Mon Sep 11 - Thu Sep 14, 2017
     
    location
    Lusaka
    Zambia

    Africa Leadership Academy

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    Mon Sep 11 - Thu Sep 14, 2017
     

    The Academy offers participants a great opportunity to think about their role. It provides leader in the Special Olympics Movement with tools for performance improvement.

    Venue(s)
    location
    Olympic Youth Development Centre
    Plot 33847
    Lusaka
    Zambia
    Corner New Kasangula Road and Great North Road
  • Sep
    14
    Southeast Regional Golf Competition
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    Thu Sep 14, 2017
    09:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    location
    Pittsburg
    Kansas
    USA

    Southeast Regional Golf Competition

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    Thu Sep 14, 2017
    09:00 PM - 03:30 PM

    The Southeast Regional Golf Tournament will be held at Four Oaks Course in Pittsburg, Kansas. Youth tee times begin at 9:00am and adult tee times at 12:00pm. For more information contact use the contact info below.


    Related Link(s):Learn more

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Four Oaks Gold Course
    910 Memorial Dr
    Pittsburg, Kansas
    USA
  • Sep 15 - Sep 17
    South Dakota Fall Classic
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    Fri Sep 15 - Sun Sep 17, 2017
     
    location
    Mitchell
    South Dakota
    USA

    South Dakota Fall Classic

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    Fri Sep 15 - Sun Sep 17, 2017
     

    We are expecting 200 athletes and Unified partners to participate in our 2nd State Bocce Tournament. Over 300 athletes are expected to participate in our State Softball Tournament. Teams will compete in traditional team slow-pitch, Unified slow-pitch and t-ball competition over this two day tournament.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Cadwell Park
    W. 13th Ave.
    Mitchell, South Dakota
    USA
  • Sep
    24
    One More Tri - Unified Triathlon
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    Sun Sep 24, 2017
    08:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    location
    Asbury Park
    New Jersey
    USA

    One More Tri - Unified Triathlon

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    Sun Sep 24, 2017
    08:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    One More Tri, the only unified triathlon in the state, embraces the idea that sports can unify all of us. It's more than a race - it’s a Unified Triathlon Experience where triathletes of all skill levels compete side-by-side with Special Olympics athletes. This race is inspired by a simple principle: the act of competing together ensures a quick path to understanding, acceptance, and friendship. All proceeds support Special Olympics New Jersey, a non-profit organization that provides free year-round sports training and athletic competition in 24 Olympic-type sports for more than 25,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities.


    Related Link(s):www.OneMoreTri.org

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Asbury Park
    Asbury and Ocean Ave
    Asbury Park, New Jersey
    USA