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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

MLS WORKS and ESPN to Host 3rd Annual Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Match

July 20, 2016

Special Olympics Unified Sports soccer players to compete in East vs. West match at Avaya Stadium in celebration of the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game festivities.

Bank of America Expands Support of Special Olympics, Reinforces Commitment to Inclusion

July 14, 2016

Bank of America will support Special Olympics athlete leadership initiatives, Special Olympics USA and the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle.

Special Olympics and WWE® Announce International Partnership

June 27, 2016

Special Olympics and WWE today announced an international partnership to help create change through sports.

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

  • Jul
    29
    Charles E Watson Softball & Golf Tournament
    Jul 29, 2016 - Jul 31, 2016
     
    Wichita
    Kansas
    Charles E Watson Softball & Golf Tournament

    The Charles E. Watson Softball & Golf Tournament will be held in Wichita, Kansas at two locations. The Golf competition will be held at the Sierra Hills Golf Course on Friday, July 29th. The Softball Competition will be held at the Two Rivers Youth Club on Saturday, July 30th and Sunday July 31st.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Tim Rehder
    Email: rehdert@ksso.org
    Phone: 913-236-9290

    Jul 29, 2016 - Jul 31, 2016
     
    Sierra Hills - Golf /TRYC - Softball
    13420 E. Pawnee/1700 N Ridge
    Wichita, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • Aug
    01
    2016 John Henderson Memorial Golf Tournament To Benefit Special Olympics Rhode Island
    Aug 01, 2016
    11:30 AM - 07:00 PM
    Lincoln
    Rhode Island
    2016 John Henderson Memorial Golf Tournament To Benefit Special Olympics Rhode Island

    The 2016 John Henderson Memorial Golf Tournament To Benefit Special Olympics Rhode Island will be held at Kirkbrae Country Club on Monday, August 1st. Registration and lunch is between 11:30am-1pm. Shotgun start at 1pm. Dinner will be at 6:00pm. The cost for the tournament is $200.00 per golfer which includes lunch, golf and dinner.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Dennis DeJesus
    Email: dennis@specialolympicsri.org
    Phone: (401) 349-4900

    Aug 01, 2016
    11:30 AM - 07:00 PM
    Kirkbrae Country Club
    197 Old River Road
    Lincoln, Rhode Island
    UNITED STATES
  • Aug
    06
    Unified Softball Tournament
    Aug 06, 2016
    09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    North Kingstown
    Rhode Island
    Unified Softball Tournament

    On Saturday, August 6th, the Unified Softball Tournament will be held at Ryan Park in North Kingstown. 360 athletes and unified partners from 18 teams will be participating in the final competition of this summer sport.

    For more information
    Contact: Chris Hopkins
    Email: chris@specialolympicsri.org
    Phone: (401) 349-4900

    Aug 06, 2016
    09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    Ryan Park
    North Kingstown, Rhode Island
    UNITED STATES
  • Aug
    07
    23rd Annual Waterfront Canoe Race
    Aug 07, 2016
    11:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    East Greenwich
    Rhode Island
    23rd Annual Waterfront Canoe Race

    Join us at Finn's Harborside in East Greenwich on Aug. 7th for the 23rd Annual Waterfront Canoe Race! Price is $25.00 per person when you register on Eventbrite.com http://bit.ly/295qA47 and $30.00 per person the day of the event. There should be 4 people per team. Registration fee includes entry & food ticket. Registration is at 11:30am and the race is at 12:30pm. If you have questions regarding this event, call: (401) 349-4900

    For more information
    Register here
    Contact: Sam Cornell
    Email: samantha@specialolympicsri.org
    Phone: (401) 349-4900

    Aug 07, 2016
    11:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Finn's Harborside
    38 Water Street
    East Greenwich, Rhode Island
    UNITED STATES
  • Aug
    08
    Torch Run Golf Tournament
    Aug 08, 2016
    06:30 AM - 02:00 PM
    Rehoboth
    Massachusetts
    Torch Run Golf Tournament

    The Torch Run Golf Tournament to benefit Special Olympics Rhode Island will be held on Monday, August 8th at Crestwood Country Club in Rehoboth, MA. Texas Scramble Format. Registration begins at 6:30am. Continental Breakfast 7:00am-8:00am. Shotgun Start 8:00am. Cocktails and Hors D'Oeuvres to follow Golf. Dinner immediately following. $110 per player. To sign up, please contact Tracy Garabedian at the SORI office: (401) 349-4900.

    For more information
    Contact: Tracy Garabedian
    Email: tracy@specialolympicsri.org
    Phone: 401-349-4900

    Aug 08, 2016
    06:30 AM - 02:00 PM
    Crestwood Country Club
    90 Wheeler Street
    Rehoboth, Massachusetts
    UNITED STATES
  • Aug
    13
    Southwest Regional Softball Tournament
    Aug 13, 2016
    09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
    Rockford
    Michigan
    Southwest Regional Softball Tournament

    For the second year in a row Special Olympics Michigan will be hosting our Southwest Regional Softball Tournament in Rockford at the Art Van Sports Complex. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday August 13th with competition beginning at 9:00 am. Volunteer Registration is currently open as we are looking to fill the following positions: Scorekeepers, Scoreboard Operators, Field Managers, Umpires, Catchers Assistance, Skills Contest and Medical. Volunteer positions are available from 9:00am - 4:30pm; all day and half day time slots can be accommodated. For more information on our Southwest Regional Softball Tournament, or to volunteer, please contact Nick Caudle, SOMI Manager of Sports & Training.

    For more information
    Contact: Nick Caudle
    Email: caudl1n@cmich.edu

    Aug 13, 2016
    09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
    Art Van Sports Complex
    3300 Ten Mile Rd.
    Rockford, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Aug
    20
    3D Archery Shoot
    Aug 20, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Saginaw
    Michigan
    3D Archery Shoot

    The 7th Annual Saginaw Field and Stream 3D Archery Shoot is a Law Enforcement Torch Run event benefiting Special Olympics Michigan. Fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. There will be auction items to bid on and LETR sale t-shirts and raffle tickets.

    For more information
    Contact: Mark Uribe
    Email: uribem@michigan.gov

    Aug 20, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    7th Annual LETR Saginaw Field & Stream
    1296 Gleaner Rd
    Saginaw, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Aug
    20
    Gold Metal Poker Run
    Aug 20, 2016
    09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Exeter
    Rhode Island
    Gold Metal Poker Run

    The Gold Metal Poker Run is a motorcycle run to benefit Special Olympics Rhode Island! It will be held on Saturday, August 20th. Registration is from 9-11am at Russ' Ocean State Harley-Davidson, Inc. at 435 Nooseneck Hill Road in Exeter, Rhode Island. Pre-register and get more information at: http://bit.ly/OSHOGPokerRun It is $25.00 per person, includes lunch and t-shirt. Registration day of event is $30.00 per person.Enjoy music, lunch and raffles! Enjoy the scenic, self or guided ride with card stops that begin at Russ' Ocean State Harley Davidson in Exeter and ends at Russ' Ocean State Harley-Davidson, Inc. at 5 Albany Road in Warwick, Rhode Island. This is a rain or shine event and all motorcycles are welcome!

    For more information
    Register here
    Contact: Tracy Garabedian
    Email: tracy@specialolympicsri.org
    Phone: 401-349-4900

    Aug 20, 2016
    09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Russ' Ocean State Harley-Davidson, Inc.
    435 Nooseneck Hill Road
    Exeter, Rhode Island
    UNITED STATES
  • Aug
    20
    Golf Skills Tournament
    Aug 20, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Providence
    Rhode Island
    Golf Skills Tournament

    Golf Skills Tournament will be held on Saturday, August 20th at Button Hole in Providence, Rhode Island. One hundred athletes will be participating in 6 basic skill stations which include: wood, iron,pitch, chip, long putt & short putt.

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

    Aug 20, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Button Hole
    1 Buttonhole Drive
    Providence, Rhode Island
    UNITED STATES
  • Aug
    21
    Unified Golf Tournament
    Aug 21, 2016
    01:00 PM - 06:00 PM
    East Greenwich
    Rhode Island
    Unified Golf Tournament

    The Unified Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, August 21st at East Greenwich Country Club in East Greenwich. Fifteen athletes and fifteen unified partners will be participating in this nine hole golf tournament.

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

    Aug 21, 2016
    01:00 PM - 06:00 PM
    East Greenwich Country Club
    1646 Division Road
    East Greenwich, Rhode Island
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    10
    North Soccer League
    Sep 10, 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.

    For more information

    Sep 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Oak Ridge Park
    Clark, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
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