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North America has over half a million athletes participating in all 32 sports offered by Special Olympics.  It is home to athletes from Canada, the Caribbean and the United States.  Special Olympics is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition.

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Stories from North America


March 20, 2015 | North America: Minnesota

Holding Out For A Hero

By Zach Bell

My sister Briana, a severely-autistic young adult who recently celebrated her 22nd birthday on Friday the 13th, is an example of an imperfect person living in a not-so-perfect world where PERFECTION is always an outside issue.View Story My sister Briana, a severely-autistic young adult who recently celebrated her 22nd birthday on Friday the 13th, is an example of an imperfect person living in a not-so-perfect world where PERFECTION is always an outside issue. She participated in Special Olympics starting when she was 12 starting with track and field, and then softball. Even though she didn't bring home any medals, she did bring home a sense of courage and determination. I'm about to ask her if we can participate in a softball game sometime.

About Zach Bell:I am a man with Asperger Syndrome and Bipolar. Some of the things I enjoy include fishing, biking, and some sports.
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March 19, 2015 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

World Winter Games 2017 Mascot Unveiled

By Suzanne Coogan

Lara and Luis - the winning design by Hanna Riebenbauer and Alexander Menzel, design students at the University of Applied Sciences in Styria.

The official Mascot for the Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria 2017 has been unveiled at a ceremony at Graz City Hall by Mayor of Graz Mr. Siegfried Nagl.View Story The official Mascot for the Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria 2017 has been unveiled at a ceremony at Graz City Hall by Mayor of Graz Mr. Siegfried Nagl. Designers from 10 countries submitted a total of 51 designs and a jury of 9 people including two Special Olympics athletes as well as a public vote selected the winning design. The winning Mascot-Lara and Luis-depicts two of Austria’s most celebrated animals, a deer and a badger, and is inspired by the Games slogan Heartbeat for the World. The two winning designers 23 yrs old Hanna Riebenbauer and Alexander Menzel, 26, are students of the University of Applied Sciences in Styria. Their design took two months to complete. “We wanted to take two animals that are dear to Austrian hearts and combine this with the meaning and spirit of Special Olympics. We hope that the World will take Special Olympics athletes to their hearts as well as Lara and Luis and celebrate the spirit and meaning of Special Olympics. We're really thrilled."

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager of Media and Public Awareness with Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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March 11, 2015 | North America: Virginia

Lizzy and the Lions ROARED for Special Olympics Virginia

By Katie Botha

The Lions present Matthew (second from right) with their "basket fund" proceeds.

Eight-year-old Lizzy and her fellow basketball teammates needed to turn their season around. They had never played together before and kept losing against more experienced teams. Lizzy's mom and coach, Carrie, had a plan...View Story Eight-year-old Lizzy and her fellow basketball teammates needed to turn their season around. They had never played together before and kept losing against more experienced teams. Lizzy's mom and coach, Carrie, had a plan...for each basket they made, win or lose, she'd donate $10 to the local Special Olympics program. The plan worked! At the end of the season, they felt like winners despite having lost every game. Their proudest moment? Presenting Matthew, a Special Olympics athlete, with a check for more than $400. "Choosing Special Olympics to give back to was meaningful to my girls who struggled each game, but continued to persevere by working together and gaining tremendous friendships," said Coach Carrie. The Lions will complete their season this weekend by helping Matthew's team practice for Special Olympics Virginia's Basketball Championships to be held March 20 - 21 in Stafford, Virginia. Fans of all ages are invited to come cheer on Matthew and 800 other champions next weekend!

About Katie Botha:I am Vice President, Development & Communications at Special Olympics Virginia.
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March 09, 2015 | SOI: Region North America

Plunging in Paradise

By Rexie Adlawan

The Special Olympics Hawai'i's Polar Plunge is an 80 foot long, 30 feet wide waterslide into ice cold water.

The story of Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn plunging in support of Special Olympics Chicago traveled down the Pineapple Express to Hawai'i, and many locals learned for the first time that Special Olympics Hawai'i (SOHI) hosts its own Polar Plunge.View Story The story of Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn plunging in support of Special Olympics Chicago traveled down the Pineapple Express to Hawai'i, and many locals learned for the first time that Special Olympics Hawai'i (SOHI) hosts its own Polar Plunge. The lowest recorded temperature for Honolulu is 58 degrees, far from the typical temperatures of the U.S. Mainland Polar Plunges. With perfectly warm weather and lack of frigid temperatures and beautiful beaches instead of frozen lakes, how does SOHI prepare for polar proportions? Participants slide down an 80 foot long, 30 feet high waterslide, landing into a pool of ice cold water. If that is not enough of a challenge, our "super plungers" go for the ride 12 times in six hours or jump into a deep pool filled with ice and water. Plunging is the priority, but the event is also open to the public with free activities like crafts for kids and a take on Jimmy Fallon's card game, water wars. Participants will plunge in paradise on March 28.

About Rexie Adlawan:I am a witty and analytical female in my mid-twenties, that started with Special Olympics Hawai'i in February 2015 as the development coordinator. My college and career background is in education, but somehow our CEO, Nancy Bottelo, sniffed a marketer on me - offering me a job in the department. Most locals have heard of our organization, but do not know about our year-round athletic training and competition services. Because I believe in educating the public in innovative ways, and this position requires me to educate Hawai'i on SOHI services, I said "aloha" to the challenge. I believe in SOHI's mission and am extremely proud to be a part of it.
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March 05, 2015 | North America: Florida

The Reason I #Respect

By Marlena LaFountain

My father was disabled and had mental handicaps, therefore he felt that he wasn't as "smart" or "good enough" because of how poorly he had been treated for being "slow". Even though I wasn't the one being called it, hearing my dad use that word to describe himself made me so unbelievably sad.View Story The R-Word is a hurtful term that I had to endure throughout my childhood but it wasn't directed at me. It was a word my father used to describe himself because of his disabilities. My father was disabled and had mental handicaps, therefore he felt that he wasn't as "smart" or "good enough" because of how poorly he had been treated for being "slow". Even though I wasn't the one being called it, hearing my dad use that word to describe himself made me so unbelievably sad. I would constantly tell him, "Daddy, you're smart! You know everything, you're my dad!" and he'd smile because of the simple gesture of kindness. The one time I heard someone call him a "retard" for being slow, I got so blood-boiling angry and couldn't understand using such a hateful word against someone who was kind, understanding, so incredibly hard working and the best dad in the world. Any time I hear the use of this word, it makes me so sad or so angry so wiping out the use of the R-Word is very important to me.

About Marlena LaFountain:I'm Marlena. I'm a 29 year old independent author and aromatherapy shop owner from upstate New York. I live in Tampa Florida with my partner. I support equality in ALL walks of life. I promote love.
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Upcoming Events Around the World


Date

Event

Location

Mar 27 - 29 2015

Missouri State Indoor Games

The 2015 State Indoor Games will be held at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri from March 27-29. Competition will begin at 8 a.m. on March 27th and go until 6 p.m on March 29th. The sports offered are basketball and bowling. Athletes are allowed to participate in both of these sports.
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Susan Shaffer
Email: shaffer@somo.org
Phone: 573-635-1660
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Fort Leonard Wood
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
UNITED STATES

Mar 27, 2015
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Creative Expressions Art & Music Show

Join us March 27th at Greensburg Garden & Civic Center in Greensburg, Pennsylvania for a day of music and talent performances that will include people with intellectual disabilities and an art display showcasing the talents of local artists (many from individuals with IDD). MC Rocco will be on turntables and light refreshments will be served during this event.
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Jared Roser
Email: roserj@westmoreland.swsix.com
Phone: 724-830-3617
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Greensburg Garden & Civic Center
951 Old Salem Road

Greensburg, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

Mar 27 - 28 2015

State Basketball Finals

Approximately 530 athletes and 170 coaches/chaperones participate in the state basketball finals each year. This tournament includes competition for senior male, female and skills athletes. Competition begins on Friday, March 27 and continues through Saturday, March 28. The Opening Ceremony and Victory Dance is March 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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Aaron Mills
Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
Phone: 989-774-4393
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Rockford High School, Freshman Center and North Middle School
Rockford, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Mar 27 - 29 2015

Copper Cup Tournament for Special Olympics Michigan and LETR

The 2015 Copper Cup Hockey Tournament for Special Olympics Michigan and LETR will be March 27th - March 29th. They are looking for teams to take part in this tournament and more details can be found at www.coppercuphockey.com
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Jim MacDonald
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Southside Ice Arena
Byron Center, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Mar 28, 2015
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Dickinson Polar Plunge

“Freezin for a Reason!” Raise money to support the athletes of Special Olympics North Dakota at the Dickinson Polar Plunge on Saturday, March 28th. We want 2015 to be our biggest and best Polar Plunge year ever, and we need your help! The Polar Plunge is an annual fundraiser organized by North Dakota Law Enforcement as part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise awareness and fund to benefit Special Olympics North Dakota. Polar Plunges offer a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics North Dakota athletes by raising money and taking the plunge into frigid North Dakota waters. Plungers raise a minimum of $75 for the opportunity to take the plunge. Polar Plunge Schedule: Registration: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Polar Plunge: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony and post plunge celebration will follow plunge. Have FUN! - form a team, create a fun name and crazy costumes with friends, co-workers, or classmates. No matter what, the Polar Plunge is all about Fun! For more information, please refer to the link or contact information below.
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Reid Huttunen
Email: developmentaldir@aol.com
Phone: 701-746-0031
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Dan Porter Motors
2391 I-94 Business Loop E

Dickinson, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

Mar 28 - 29 2015

Unified® Duckpin Tournaments

Athletes across the state of Rhode Island will be competing in Unified Duckpin Bowling tournaments at Town Hall Lanes in Johnston, Rhode, Island. Athletes and Unified partners will compete in teams of 4. Teams will compete on a selected competition day. Saturday March 28th competitions will be held from 2:30-4:30pm. Sunday, March 29th competitions will be held from 12-2pm.
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Chris Hopkins
Email: chris@specialolympicsri.org
Phone: 401-349-4900
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Town Hall Lanes
1463 Atwood Avenue

Johnston, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

Mar 28, 2015
12:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Thunder Bay Polar Plunge Ontario

Join us on Saturday, March 28 at Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park Boat Launch (Pearl St.Entrance) for the Thunder Bay Polar Plunge Ontario. The Registration Social will be held on Friday, March 27th at the Prince Arthur Hotel at 5:00 PM and 8:00. Late registration will be held Saturday, March 28th at Prince Arthur Hotel from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. The plunge time will at 2:00 PM for Adult Team and Individual Plunge, 2:45 PM for Special Olympics athletes, and 3:15 PM for the Cool School Plunge. The Awards and Social will be held at the Prince Arthur Hotel. The Social will be from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM and awards will be presented at 4:30PM.
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Prince Arthur’s Landing @ Marina Park Boat Launch
Thunder Bay, Ontario
CANADA

Mar 28, 2015
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Spring Spin State Tennis Tournament

Join us on March 28th at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center in Cayce, South Carolina as our athletes compete and show their skill in this exciting one day tournament. Hope to see you there!
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Kelly Garrick
Email: kgarrick@so-sc.org
Phone: 803-772-1555
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Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center
Congaree Drive

Cayce, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Mar 28, 2015
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Torch Run NC State University 5K

Join us March 28th at NC State University Housing in Raleigh, North Carolina as Law Enforcement from around the area host the The Torch Run NCSU 5K. Proceeds from the race will go to support athletes from Special Olympics North Carolina.For more details please use the contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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NC State University Housing
210 Dan Allen Dr.

Raleigh, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Mar 28, 2015
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Run-Walk-N-Roll

5K/10K Run-Walk-Roll to benefit Area 7 - the Midlands Region - of Special Olympics South Carolina. 100% of proceeds go to provide competition and training opportunities for athletes in Lexington, Richland, Kershaw, and Fairfield counties of South Carolina.
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Wendy Redding
Email: wendymredding@AOL.com
Phone: 803-767-5427
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Swansea High School
500 East 1st St.

Swansea, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Mar 28, 2015
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Port Huron Police Department Dodgeball Tournament

The 4th Annual Port Huron Dodgeball Tournament for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on March 28th at the Port Huron Northern High School. This event is open to anyone 15 and older and we need teams ofs 6-8 players. The event cost is $150.00 per team.
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Jenny Leach
Phone: 810-984-9715
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Port Huron Northern High School
1799 Kraft Road

Port Huron, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Mar 30, 2015
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

R- Word - Jonathan Lae High School

Students and staff will sign the poster and pledge to end the word during their lunch waves. After signing the poster students will hand out bracelets and pictures will be taken which will then be shared in a music video on the school news television show.
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Pat Daniels
Email: pdaniels@milforded.org
Phone: 203-783-3574
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Jonathan Lae High School
20 Lansdale Ave

Milford, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Mar 31, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Respect Rally

Join us as Bainville Public School in Bainville, Montana as the Bainville MBI Team will be presenting a Spread The Word To End The Word assembly to students K-12.
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Somer Reidle
Email: sreidle.20@gmail.com
Phone: 406-480-4779
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Bainville Public School
409 Tubman Street

Bainville, Montana
UNITED STATES

Apr 1, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Central Softball Qualifier - Greensboro

Come and cheer on our athletes as the demonstrate their grit and determination for a day softball competition. This event will be held on April 1st at Carolyn S. Allen Community Park and Athletic Complex in Greensboro, North Carolina. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Carolyn S. Allen Community Park and Athletic Complex
3610 Drawbridge Parkway

Greensboro, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Apr 1, 2015
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

7th Annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

Join us Wednesday, April 1st at Bennett Sports Center in Midland, Michigan as our as athletes compete and show their skill in wheelchair basketball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. If you would like to participate in the tournament the cost is $30 per team with 6 people to a team. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Mary Adams
Email: area30@somi.org
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Bennett Sports Center
Midland, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Apr 2 - 3 2015

Cops and Lobsters for LETR

Sterling Heights FOP Lodge 118 will be partnering with Red Lobster to host their annual Cops and Lobster Event. The event will take place on April 2nd from 11:00 a.m. - 10 p.m. and April 3rd from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. By attending this Tip-a-Cop event you are helping raise funds for the LETR Program.
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Dave Allen
Phone: 586-446-2936
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Red Lobster
13800 Hall Road

Sterling Heights, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Apr 7, 2015
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Annual Spring Games

Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination for a day sports competition. Elementary, Middle School and High School Students participate in track and field events and Young Athlete events. Olympic Town and Very Special Arts will also be offered. This event will be held on April 7th at West Ashley High School in Charleston, South Carolina. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Roxann Read
Email: roxannreadsosc6@gmail.com
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West Ashley High School
Charleston, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Apr 10, 2015
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Area 7 Kershaw Spring Games

Join us on April 10th at the Camden Military Academy in Camden, South Carolina as our as athletes compete and show their skill in track and field 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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Billy Newman
Email: fur5@aol.com
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Camden Military Academy
520 U.S. Highway 1

Camden, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Apr 10, 2015
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Saint Louis Dodgeball Tournament

The Saint Louis Dodgeball Tournament for Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) will take place on April 10th. Registration is a $200 minimum and we are looking for 6-8 player teams. Minimum age to play is 14 and all participants will receive a shirt.
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Steve Salladay
Email: salladays@michigan.gov
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Saint Louis High School
113 East Saginaw Street

Saint Louis, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Apr 11, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Coaches Training - Summer Games

This is a Coaches Training for the Summer Games sports. The above Venue and times are subject to change. To register please use the link below. If you have any further questions please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu.
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Zach Warner
Email: warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Traverse City, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Apr 11, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

West Aquatics Qualifier - Huntersville

Want to experience aquatics competition in its purest form? Come to Huntersville Fitness & Aquatics in Huntersville, North Carolina on April 11th to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there in the pool. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Huntersville Fitness & Aquatics
11725 Verhoeff Dr

Huntersville, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Apr 11, 2015
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM

East Bay Area Games

Come and cheer on our athletes as the demonstrate their grit and determination during a day of track and field competition. This event will be held on April 11th at Gaudet Middle School in Middletown, Rhode Island. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Chris Hopkins
Email: chris@specialolympicsri.org
Phone: 401-349-4900
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Gaudet Middle School
1113 Aquidneck Avenue

Middletown, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

Apr 12, 2015
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Big House 5k: Trail to the Victors

The second annual Big House 5K: Trail to the Victors presented by Toyota is an exciting running event for the regional Midwest area. The University of Michigan's rich athletics tradition began in 1865 and continues to this day, with the Wolverines claiming more than 50 national championships in 12 sports. Our students, faculty and staff also regularly participate in dozens of intramural, club sport and fitness activities. The race, owned and managed by the University of Michigan Athletic Department working in conjunction with the Ann Arbor Track Club, is scheduled for Sunday, April 12, and will begin near the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus and finish on the field of the revered University of Michigan football stadium, the Big House.
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Email: bighouse5k@umich.edu
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Michigan Stadium
Ann Arbor, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Apr 13, 2015
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Spread the Word to End the Word Rallly

We are holding a rally to get the word out that the R-word is hurtful. We are a nursing honor society and find it extremely important to get people involved. We are going to have speakers explaining how the word is hurtful.
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Denise Cantoni
Email: Belsamari@comcast.net
Phone: 609-364-4382
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Cumberland County College
3322 College Drive

Vineland, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

Apr 14, 2015

Area 12 Special Olympics Track & Field

Sports offered will be male track, female track, softball throw, Young Athletes track competition, standing long jump and developmental games. Concessions will be sold by the SCSDB Deaf Alumni Association. Volunteers for this one day competition must contact Paula G. White, Director Area 12.
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Paula White
Email: pgwhite@spart7.org
Phone: 864-706-0043
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South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind
110 Maryland Ave.

Lyman, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Apr 15, 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Area 1 Spring Games

This is the Area 1 Spring Track and Field Events. We have softball/tennis throw, jumping events and all the track/running events. We have an Opening Ceremony and a Parade of Athletes. Each school/agency has a flag with their name on it that they carry. We have a DJ that plays music, a drum line, ROTC, cheerleaders and lots of mascots from around the area to cheer our athletes on! We also offer a "Fun Zone" for the down time.
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Laura Driggers
Email: ladriggers@florenceco.org
Phone: 843-667-0920
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Darlington High School Track
525 Spring Street

Darlington, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Apr 16, 2015
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Area 7 - Richland Spring Games

Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination during a day track and field competition. This event will be held on April 16th at Westwood High School in Blythewood, South Carolina. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below. For those of you competing, the registration deadline for this event is March 13th. Please be sure ALL MEDICAL FORMS are current.
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Rachel Lindman
Email: rlindman@richland2.org
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Westwood High School
180 Turkey Farm Road

Blythewood, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Apr 17 - 18 2015

Special Olympics College Unified Soccer Invitational

Join us as April 17-18 as colleges around Washington and surrounding states are invited to participate in Washington's first ever College Unified Soccer Invitational hosted by Seattle University. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Chara McElfish
Email: cmcelfish@sowa.org
Phone: 509-714-0211
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Seattle University
901 12th Ave

Seattle, Washington
UNITED STATES

Apr 17, 2015
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Snow Going Dance - Dancing Our Way to the State Games 2015

Get all decked out and come on over to dance and socialize while helping out our amazing athletes shine. There will be refreshments and good music. The admission is $5 for Special Olympics Athletes and $10 for all others. Help us celebrate spring and looking forward to the Special Olympics Michigan State games. All while having fun and raising money!
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Jennifer Sevarns
Email: jennifersevarns@gmail.com
Phone: 989-400-5600
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Green Charter Township Hall
21431 Northland Drive

Paris, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Apr 17, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Motor Activities Training Day Day

Join us April 17th at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island as our athletes with severe profound disabilities compete and show their skill in a Motor Activities Training Day. The Motor Activity Training Program is designed to prepare our athletes for sport-specific activities appropriate for their abilities. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Chris Hopkins
Email: chris@specialolympicsri.org
Phone: 401-349-4900
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Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue

Providence, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

Apr 18, 2015
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Unified® Ten Pin Bowling Tournament

Join us April 18th at AMF Lanes in Cranston, Rhode Island as our athletes and their Unified Partners compete and show their skill in ten pin bowling competition. Come and cheer them on and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Chris Hopkins
Email: chris@specialolympicsri.org
Phone: 401-349-4900
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AMF Lanes
1450 Elmwood Avenue

Cranston, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

Apr 18, 2015
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Pastapalooza 3

Pastapalooza 3 is happening April 18 at the Midland Moose Lodge. The pasta dinner starts at 5:30 PM with a performance by the band "The Hidden" beginning at 7:30 PM. The menu includes spaghetti, penne and alfredo. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. All donations accepted. For more information, including an event flyer, use the contact information and link below.
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Mary Adams
Email: area30@somi.org
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Midland Moose Lodge
Midland, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Apr 18, 2015

Northwest & King County Region Aquatics Tournament

Join us April 18th at Federal Way Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington as our athletes compete and show their skill in aquatics 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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Special Olympics Washington
Phone: 206-362-4949
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Federal Way Aquatic Center
Federal Way, Washington
UNITED STATES

Apr 18 - 19 2015

Spring Sports Basketball Tournament

Special Olympics Vermont Spring Sports is a basketball tournament in disguise. This is an exciting weekend competition that takes places at the University of Vermont’s Patrick Gymnasium. The event includes traditional Special Olympics competition as well as Unified Sports® team basketball.
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Special Olympics Vermont
Phone: 802-863-5222
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Patrick Gymnasium, University of Vermont
97 Spear Street

Burlington, Vermont
UNITED STATES

Apr 18, 2015
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Central Aquatics Qualifier - Greensboro

Join us April 18th at Greensboro Aquatics Center in Greensboro, North Carolina as our as athletes compete and showcase their skill in aquatics 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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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Greensboro Aquatics Center
1921 West Lee St

Greensboro, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Apr 18, 2015
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Central Athletics Qualifier - Kernersville

Come and cheer on our athletes as the demonstrate their grit and determination for a day track & field competition. This event will be held on April 18th at Bishop McGuinness in Kernersville, North Carolina. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Bishop McGuinness
1725 NC HWY 66 South

Kernersville, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Apr 18, 2015
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Central Volleyball Qualifier

Want to experience volleyball competition in its purest form? Come to Bishop McGuinness in Kernersville, North Carolina on April 18th to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the court. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Bishop McGuinness
1725 NC HWY 66 South

Kernersville, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Apr 19, 2015
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run

Join us on Sunday, April 19, 2015 for the 6th Annual Paterno Family Beaver Stadium 3 Mile Run and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk at Penn State University during Blue White Weekend. More than 4,000 runners and walkers of all ages and abilities took part in last year's event, helping to raise more than $400K. Presented by the Sheetz Family, the Run begins in the vicinity of the Bryce Jordan Center (BJC) on Curtin Road, moves through Penn State’s scenic campus, and concludes with runners racing through the Beaver Stadium Tunnel and onto the Nittany Lions’ home turf to “finish at the fifty!” Proceeds from the Run benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania and nearly 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Every fundraising achievement will help us send more athletes to Summer Games at Penn State University in June! Make a committment today and change a life forever!
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Eric Cushing
Email: bsr@specialolympicspa.org.
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Penn State University Beaver Stadium
1 Beaver Stadium

University Park, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

Apr 19, 2015
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Regional Swim Meet

Join us April 19th at North Charleston Pool in North Charleston, South Carolina as our as athletes compete and show their skill in aquatics competition. Traditional swim events and unified relays will be offered for this regional 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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Darline Brogdon
Email: darline.amb@hotmail.com
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North Charleston Pool
North Charleston, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Apr 21, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Heart To Heart & Hand In Hand

Ferris State's Women's and Men's Basketball teams pair up with Special Olympics Michigan Area 5's basketball team to have some fun, raise money and awareness for our sports program. There will be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and giveaways. There will be a $2.00 donation for admission.
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Pat Rosales
Email: Area05@somi.org
Phone: 231-867-5713
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Ferris State University Wink Arena
1201 S State Street

Big Rapids, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Apr 23, 2015
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Area 7 Lexington Spring Games

Want to experience track and field competition in its purest form? Come to White Knoll High School in Lexington, South Carolina on April 23rd to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the playing field. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below. For those of you who are competing, the registration deadline for this event is March 13th. Please be sure ALL MEDICAL FORMS are current.
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Pattie Corley
Email: pcorley@lexington1.net
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White Knoll High School
5643 Platt Springs Road

Lexington, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Apr 25, 2015
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

West Softball Qualifier - Concord

Come and cheer on our athletes as the demonstrate their grit and determination for a day of softball competition. This event will be held on April 25th at Central Cabarrus High School, Concord and Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg , North Carolina. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Central Cabarrus High School, Concord and Hickory Ridge High School
Harrisburg , North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Apr 25, 2015
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

West Volleyball Qualifier - Concord

Want to experience Volleyball competition in its purest form? Come to Concord, North Carolina (location TBD) on April 25th to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the court. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Concord, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Apr 25, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

West Athletics Qualifier - Concord

Join us April 25th at Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg, North Carolina as our as athletes compete and showcase their skill in track & field 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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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Hickory Ridge High School
226 Fairway Drive

Harrisburg, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Apr 25, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

West Powerlifting Qualifier - Concord

Join us April 25th at Crossfit United in Concord, North Carolina as our as athletes compete and showcase their skill in powerlifting 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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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Crossfit United
21 Union St.

Concord, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Apr 25, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Comedy Show to Support LETR

The 5th Annual Comedy Show is a great fundraising event to help support the Law Enforcement Torch Run Program for Special Olympics Michigan. Tickets for the event are $20.00 and can be pre-purchased. The event features a great lineup of comedians.
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Garth Burnside
Email: burnsideg@michigan.gov
Phone: 734-260-5850
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Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
212 South 4th Street

Ann Arbor, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Apr 27, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Coaches Training - Volleyball

This is a Coaches Training in the sport of volleyball. It is an online webinar so attendance in Mount Pleasant is not needed. To register for this training, please use the link below. If you have further questions please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu.
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Zach Warner
Email: warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Apr 30 - May 2 2015

International Bocce Competition

You are invited to attend the 2015 International Invitational Bocce Competition to be held April 30 - May 2, 2015. The competition will be hosted on the beautiful campus of Seneca College, King Campus located just 30 minutes north of Toronto Ontario Canada. The event will include opening and closing ceremonies, sightseeing opportunities, formal medal presentations, an athlete’s dance as well, all teams are guaranteed a minimum of four games over two days of competition. Registration fees for this event are $75 per athlete. Registration fees include the following: Three nights of accommodation; Meals on four days (breakfast, lunch and dinner); Snacks and refreshments; Transportation to and from the airport (as needed); 4 games of bocce (minimum); Medals for all athletes; Victory Dance. Teams choosing to arrive before April 30th will be required to pay an additional $25 per athlete which will include: Sightseeing opportunities; Accommodation for a maximum of two additional nights; Meals for a maximum of two additional days. All teams are responsible for their own travel expenses to and from the competition. Travel subsidy may be available for international teams. All athletes and coaches must be registered and members in good standing with their respective Special Olympics chapters/organizations. Due to our space limitations, we are unable to offer a Unified Event.
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Juli Prokopchuk Brattan
Email: julip@specialolympicsontario.com
Phone: 1-888-333-5515 ext.
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Seneca College, King Campus
65 Overlea Blvd Suite 200

Toronto, Ontario
CANADA

May 1 - 2 2015

Upper Peninsula Regional Spring Games

Want to experience sports competition in its purest form? Come to Escanaba High School in Escanaba, Michigan on May 1-2 to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the playing field. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Joyce Destrampe
Email: area01@somi.org
Phone: 906-428-3323
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Escanaba High School
500 S. Lincoln Road

Escanaba, Michigan
UNITED STATES

May 1 - 3 2015

South Carolina State Summer Games

Join us May 1-3 at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina as over 1000 Special Olympics South Carolina athletes participate and show their skill over 2 days sports competition. See you there!
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Kelly Garrick
Email: kgarrick@so-sc.org
Phone: 803-772-1555
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Fort Jackson
Columbia, South Carolina
UNITED STATES


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