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Latest News and Press Releases

Toyota Signs Agreement to Become Global Partner of Special Olympics

November 16, 2017

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Special Olympics International to become a Global Partner.

Caribbean Countries Score Goal for Inclusive Health for People with Intellectual Disabilities

November 04, 2017

The Unified Football Cup, hosted by Special Olympics Jamaica on 4 November, brought together 300 athletes with and without intellectual disabilities.

During the cup, Special Olympics trained 19 health workers in the Caribbean on how to provide year-round quality care to people with intellectual disabilities in their home communities.

Representatives from UN agencies, Ministry of Health of Jamaica, health workers from the region, and Special Olympics Programs throughout the Caribbean participated in the Opening Ceremony, demonstrating the importance of sports and a health systems’ response to improve access to quality health for people with intellectual disabilities, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

By improving access to health care for people with ID in the Caribbean, health systems in the region move closer to achieving universal health coverage as recommended by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Strategy for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage.

Special Olympics Announces New Members to International Board of Directors

November 10, 2017

Events Around the World

  • Nov 24 - Nov 27
    Special Olympics Malaysia Unified Female 5-a-side Football Invitational
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    Fri Nov 24 - Mon Nov 27, 2017
     
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    Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia

    Special Olympics Malaysia Unified Female 5-a-side Football Invitational

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    Fri Nov 24 - Mon Nov 27, 2017
     

    Join us November 24-27 at University of Malaya, PJ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as Special Olympics female athletes and their Unified Partners from around the country compete and show their skill in football competition.

    Venue(s)
    location
    University of Malaysia, PJ
    50603 Kuala Lumpur
    Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
  • Dec
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    Unified Bowling School Invitational
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    Fri Dec 08, 2017
    10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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    Eden Prairie
    Minnesota
    USA

    Unified Bowling School Invitational

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    Fri Dec 08, 2017
    10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    This is a welcoming environment that uses sports as a tool to defeat intolerance. Schools that participate in Unified Bowling are not required to bowl five days a week nor have a background in bowling to participate. Instead, we want students to work together, learn from each other and to have fun bowling!

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    location
    Brunswick Zone
    Eden Prairie
    Eden Prairie, Minnesota
    USA
  • Jan 24 - Jan 26
    John L Cassidy Heartland Winter Games
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    Wed Jan 24 - Fri Jan 26, 2018
     
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    2 venues
    USA

    John L Cassidy Heartland Winter Games

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    Wed Jan 24 - Fri Jan 26, 2018
     

    The John L Cassidy Heartland Winter Games will be held in Weston, Missouri, St Joseph, Missouri and Atchison, Kansas. Competitions will be held in Alpine Skiing, Snowshoeing, Cross Country, Figure Skating and Speed Skating. Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:15pm on Wednesday, January 24. For more information, use the contact info below.


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    Venue(s)
    location
    Opening Ceremonies, Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
    Snow Creek Ski Area
    1 Snow Creek Dr
    Weston, Missouri
    USA
    location
    Figure Skating, Speed Skating
    Bode Ice Arena
    2500 SW Parkway
    St Joseph, Missouri
    USA
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  • Feb 01 - Feb 28
    South Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges
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    Thu Feb 1 - Wed Feb 28, 2018
     
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    Statewide
    South Carolina
    USA

    South Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges

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    Thu Feb 1 - Wed Feb 28, 2018
     

    Multiple Polar Plunge fundraising event take place across the state, mostly during the month of March. Many Unified Champion Schools get involved with the events as a way to raise money and awareness for both Special Olympics South Carolina on a state level as well as their individual school’s Special Olympics program. Youth and other supporters take the plunge into frigid bodies of water on behalf of Special Olympics.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Statewide
    Statewide
    Statewide, South Carolina
    USA
  • Feb 26 - Mar 02
    Africa Leadership Conference
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    Mon Feb 26 - Fri Mar 02, 2018
     
    location
    Johannesburg
    Gauteng
    South Africa

    Africa Leadership Conference

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    Mon Feb 26 - Fri Mar 02, 2018
     

    Program leaders, national directors, board chairpersons and Regional Athlete Input Council members will gather for the annual Africa Leadership Conference. The leadership conference agenda includes some important sessions such as the Special Olympics Connect, the 50th Anniversary celebrations, Fundraising, and many more. The Africa Region Leadership Conference has been held every year since 2014, and delegates are looking forward to this enriching event!

    Contact information

    • Charles Nyambe
      President and Managing Director, Special Olympics Africa Region
    Venue(s)
    location
    Birchwood Hotel and Conferencing Centre
    14 View Point Rd, Bartlett AH, Boksburg, 1456
    Johannesburg, Gauteng
    South Africa
  • Mar 02 - Mar 04
    Louisiana State Indoor Games
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    Fri Mar 2 - Sun Mar 04, 2018
     
    location
    3 venues
    USA

    Louisiana State Indoor Games

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    Fri Mar 2 - Sun Mar 04, 2018
     

    This is an event for all Areas. Male and female athletes from across the state will compete in Basketball, Bowling and Tennis. Sign up today to play, coach or volunteer for this event.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Independence Park
    7500 INDEPENDENCE BLVD.
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    USA
    location
    Sherwood Middle School
    1020 MARLBROOK DR
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    USA
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  • Mar 14 - Mar 23
    2018 Special Olympic Middle East - North Africa 9th Regional Games
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    Wed Mar 14 - Fri Mar 23, 2018
     
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    2018 Special Olympic Middle East - North Africa 9th Regional Games

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    Wed Mar 14 - Fri Mar 23, 2018
     

    The Regional games will take place from 14- 23 March 2018 with the participation of around 1800 athletes competing in 16 different sports , 450 coaches, 3000 volunteers and 100 honored guests. On the sidelines of the games several initiatives will be held: Healthy athletes program- Families forum- Young athletes demo- Youth Summit.

  • Apr 16 - Apr 20
    Special Olympics Australia National Games
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    Mon Apr 16 - Fri Apr 20, 2018
     
    location
    Adelaide
    South Australia
    Australia

    Special Olympics Australia National Games

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    Mon Apr 16 - Fri Apr 20, 2018
     

    The pinnacle event of the Special Olympics Australia calendar, 1,000 athletes with intellectual disability will compete in 11 sports in Adelaide at the 11th National Summer Games. Competition will inlcude: Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling (Tenpin), Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Sailing, Swimming and Tennis.


    Venue(s)
    location
    Adelaide Shores
    Military Rd, West Beach
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Australia
    Events will be held in world class sporting facilities throughout Adelaide.
  • May 11 - May 13
    South Carolina State Summer Games
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    Fri May 11 - Sun May 13, 2018
     
    location
    Columbia
    South Carolina
    USA

    South Carolina State Summer Games

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    Fri May 11 - Sun May 13, 2018
     

    Special Olympics South Carolina hosts more than 1400+ athletes, unified partners and coaches for the State Summer Games at the largest army training base in the country. Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina hosts the event with competition opportunities in aquatics, athletics (track & field), bocce (over 21 years old), bowling (under 21 years old), gymnastics and softball.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Ft. Jackson – Columbia
    Strom Thurmond Blvd.
    Columbia, South Carolina
    USA
  • May 18 - May 20
    Louisiana State Summer Games
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    Fri May 18 - Sun May 20, 2018
     
    location
    Hammond
    Louisiana
    USA

    Louisiana State Summer Games

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    Fri May 18 - Sun May 20, 2018
     

    This is an event for all Areas. Male and female athletes from across the state will compete in Athletics (Track & Field), Bocce, Powerlifting and Unified Volleyball. Sign up today to play, coach or volunteer for this event.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Southeastern Louisiana University
    500 W University Ave.
    Hammond, Louisiana
    USA
  • Jun 01 - Jun 03
    Kansas State Summer Games
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    Fri Jun 1 - Sun Jun 03, 2018
     
    location
    Wichita
    Kansas
    USA

    Kansas State Summer Games

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    Fri Jun 1 - Sun Jun 03, 2018
     

    The State Summer Games will be held in Maize, June 1-3. Competition events on Friday are: Swimming, Cycling and Tennis. The Track & Field Events will be held Saturday & Sunday. Opening Ceremonies will take place on Friday, June 1. For more information about Summer Games, please contact Tim Rehder at rehdert@ksso.org


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    Venue(s)
    location
    Maize South High School
    3701 N Tyler Rd
    Wichita, Kansas
    USA