North America

North America has 544,581 athletes participating in all 30 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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August 26, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Special Olympics Empowers Youth Leaders

By Rebecca Ralston

We are excited to announce that Special Olympics Project UNIFY has appointed six new members to the National Youth Activation Committee.View Story We are excited to announce that Special Olympics Project UNIFY has appointed six new members to the National Youth Activation Committee in the United States. The new youth leaders with and without intellectual disabilities join 15 others from around the United States to support Special Olympics Project UNIFY's work nationally. The National Youth Activation Committee promotes school communities where all young people are agents of change. They provide advice and counsel on strategies designed to reach other youth, engage in and promote Special Olympics activities in their home environments, communicate the initiatives of Special Olympics Project UNIFY, and network with other youth on a local, national, and global basis. New members include: Abigail Abel, Indiana; Mitch Bonar, Indiana; Chris Clare, Montana; Jon Wilson, Montana; Alexandra Gould, Rhode Island; and Jessie Oliveira, Rhode Island.

About Rebecca Ralston:Manager, Youth Leadership for Special Olympics Project UNIFY
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August 20, 2014 | SOI: Region North America

New Jersey Teen Honored for Her Work With Special Olympics

By Amie Dugan

Lovin' Scoopful, a support of Special Olympics, has chosen a New Jersey teen as its national Lovin' Award winner. The award recognizes young visionaries who are committed to and involved in programs that foster respect, inclusion, and personal connections between people with and without differences.View Story Lovin' Scoopful, a supporter of Special Olympics, has chosen a New Jersey teen as its national Lovin' Award winner. The award recognizes young visionaries who are committed to and involved in programs that foster respect, inclusion, and personal connections between people with and without differences. One national winner and four regional winners from around the country were selected from students ages 8 to 18 for their involvement with Special Olympics and other organizations that are designed to create more accepting communities. The national Lovin' Award recipient is Maggie Leppert, 17, of Belle Meade N.J. Maggie was nominated for her profound commitment to social justice and inclusion, exemplified through her work as an advocate of acceptance and dignity for her peers with intellectual disabilities.

About Amie Dugan:I am the director of communications and marketing for Special Olympics in North America.
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August 19, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

Conner and Comaneci: Volunteer Heroes

By Chris Hull

Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci pose with gymnasts from Special Olympics Great Britain.

Hannah Westerman is going to represent Great Britain at the next Special Olympics World Games. Imagine her reaction when she found out she would meet Olympic gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci.View Story Hannah Westerman is going to represent Great Britain at the next Special Olympics World Games. Imagine her reaction when she found out she would meet Olympic gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci. Not only meet her, but perform for her and have a 90-minute hands-on skills session with her. "Incredible," she said. Comaneci and her husband, Olympic gold medalist Bart Conner, devoted an evening to a group of lucky Special Olympics Great Britain gymnasts on 18 August in London. It was part of a decades-long commitment to Special Olympics that the couple has shared. Both are big fans of Special Olympics and are on the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. They volunteer their experience and knowledge to ensure Special Olympics gymnasts around the world get a chance to perform to the peak of their abilities.

About Chris Hull:I am the communications director for Special Olympics Great Britain.
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August 19, 2014 | North America: Pennsylvania

Special Friend

By Nicholas Piccari

Special Olympics is a place where my brother Danny can be himself and a place that accepts all kinds of special athletes. Danny has been involved with Bucks County Special Olympics in gymnastics, soccer, softball, track and field, and bocce. He even had the honor to go to World Games in Shanghai China about 8 years ago.View Story I created a video that shows just a few examples of how not only my brother, but all people with special needs are truly amazing people. From the impact that they have on us, to the love that they share. How they simply want to live their lives just like we do. Yes, they have disabilities, but they are still humans just like everyone else. They long for friendship, fun, and even love. Special Olympics has been a blessing for my brother. Not one to be shy, clearly from the video, but it is a place where Danny can be himself and a place that accepts all kinds of special athletes. Danny has been involved with Bucks County Special Olympics his whole life. From gymnastics, to soccer, softball, track and field, and bocce. He has excelled in every event he has competed in. Even getting the honor to go to World Games in Shanghai China about 8 years ago. There are many positive thing one can say about Special Olympics. From the Coaches, to the volunteers that help out, the parents, but more importantly the friends Danny has created along the way. Friendship that are as strong today as they were when they first met through Special Olympics. Special Olympics is an organization that helps show how these athletes are true heroes. How many of them have overcome obstacles that many of us couldn’t even fathom. My brother is a walking miracle, surviving a surgery doctors deemed he would have very little survival (that’s a whole other story). Even with his obstacles I tried showing how much of a blessing and normal life he does live. So, yes, they are right in saying my brother is special, but special in a different way. He is a special athlete, a special brother, and one heck of a special friend.

About Nicholas Piccari:I play music and every show I play my brother Danny is always there to support. Every show he attends, Danny always asked me to play the Irish song "Oh Danny Boy". That song does not fit my style of playing so I did the next best thing. I wrote him a song so anytime he asked me to play his song, I can. I also put a little video together for it.
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August 19, 2014 | North America: Oklahoma

Oklahoma University Invites Special Olympics Oklahoma Athletes to Watch Practice

By Donna Ham

Take a look at a great video of some our athletes with Coach Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma University Sooners. A group of Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes are invited once a year to a Sooners practice.View Story Take a look at a great video of some our athletes with Coach Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma University Sooners. A group of Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes are invited once a year to a Sooners practice. Afterward, they visit with the athletes for autographs and photos. Oklahoma University produced a video this year that they posted to their website. It was also posted on the NCAA website. It’s such a fun video that I wanted to share it everyone. Enjoy!

About Donna Ham:I am the Marketing and Communications Director for Special Olympics Oklahoma. I have been on staff for 11 years...the best 11-year career of my life!
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Event

Location

Sep 4, 2014
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Unified Sports Fitness Club Universal Walk

Join us on 4 September 2014 to support Special Olympics Connecticut by participating in the "Big Walk" with the Cadets at the Coast Guard Academy in London, Connecticut. For more details, refer to link and contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Email:specialolympicsct@soct.org
Phone:203-230-1201
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Coast Guard Academy
London, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Sep 6, 2014
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Young Athletes Program Open House

Join us on September 6th at Crayola Park in Saginaw for the Area 22 Young Athletes Program Open House. Young Athletes™ is a unique sport and play program for children with intellectual disabilities. The focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth. Children ages 2 1/2 to 7 enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Young Athletes is an early introduction to sports and to the world of Special Olympics.
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Joe Bronz
Email:area22@somi.org
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Crayola Park
1915 Fordney St

Saginaw, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 6, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Allegan County Community Run

The Allegan Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 6th. The Run will begin at 10:00 a.m. Registration will start at 9:00 a.m. Registration before August 6th is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. After August 6th registration is $30.00. New this year -- This will be a timed 5K race in 2014. Epic Race Timing will be providing the race timing. For more information please visit: www.allegantorchrun.com
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Kim Thorington
Email:kthorington@allegancounty.org
Phone:616-218-2596
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Allegan County Sports Complex
Allegan, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 6, 2014
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Munising Community Run

The Munising Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will happen on September 6, 2014. This is a run/walk event starting at Anytime Fitness in Munising, Michigan (tours of the gym will be available). The route is a scenic 2.5 mile run through Munising. All participants will end at Shooters Firehouse Lounge at noon where fire brick oven pizzas will be available for purchase, provided by The Cooking Carberrys. For more details, please refer to the contact information below. Race Schedule -- Registration begins at 10:30 am; Walkers will start at 11:15 am; Runners will start at 11:30 pm.
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Carla White
Email:whitec11@michigan.gov
Phone:517-937-6492
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Anytime Fitness
601 W. Munising Ave.

Munising, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 6 - 7 2014

Special Olympics Connecticut Fall Sports Festival

Athletes from across the state will compete in the 2014 Special Olympics Connecticut Fall Sports Festival, presented by Mohegan Sun, on Saturday, September 6th and Sunday, September 7th. More than 1,000 are expected to participate, proving that athletes of all abilities possess the determination, drive and talent to make great achievements in sports. An additional 400 volunteers and 350 coaches will lend their support. The public is invited to attend at no cost to cheer on the athletes and witness great displays of sportsmanship and teamwork. For more details and to register to volunteer please use the link or contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Email:specialolympicsct@soct.org
Phone:203-230-1201
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Various Venues
Various Cities, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Sep 7, 2014
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Hillsdale County Community Run

The Hillsdale County Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on Sunday, September 7th. Registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Courthouse Square. The run will be a 3.1 mile run ending at the Hillsdale County ISD - Greenfield School (3471 Beck Rd). Registration is $25.00 and each runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The walkers will start at 2:00 p.m. and the runners will leave at 2:30 p.m.
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John Gates
Email:dephcsd25@gmail.com
Phone:517-206-7212
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Courthouse Square
Hillsdale, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 7, 2014
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Traverse City Community Run

The Traverse City Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 7th. The Run will start in the parking lot of US 31 and Cass Ave. This is a 5k race. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the run starts at 6:00 p.m. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. For questions about the race, please refer to the contact info below or email Jennifer Strange at strangej@michigan.gov.
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Carrie Chase
Email:cchase@grandtraverse.org
Phone:231-342-1544
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Parking lot of US 31 and Cass Ave
Traverse City, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 9, 2014
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Unified 9-Hole Golf Tournament

Join us on September 9th at Lakewood Golf Course in Madison, Maine for a day of Unified golf. Athletes and Unified partners from around the state will show their skill and play unified. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Maine
Phone:+1 (207) 879-0489
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Lakewood Golf Course
Route 201

Madison, Maine
UNITED STATES

Sep 12 - 14 2014

Special Olympics Washington 11th Annual Coaches Conference

Join other Washington coaches on September 12-14 at the Downtown Tacoma Marriott in Seattle, Washington for an informative meeting recapping the previous year and enjoying camaraderie!
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Bird Folsom
Email:afolsom@sowa.org
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Downtown Tacoma Marriot
Seattle, Washington
UNITED STATES

Sep 12 - 13 2014

Beginner Global Messenger Training

Provide training and presentation skills for athletes interested in representing Special Olympics in formal or support settings. Agenda will include Presentation Tips, Facts about Special Olympics, self awareness, understanding target markets, writing and practicing speeches.
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Jason Schriml
Email:jschriml@somd.org
Phone:4106152435
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Special Olympics Maryland
3701 Commerce Dr, Suite 103

Baltimore, Maryland
UNITED STATES

Sep 13, 2014
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Day For Kids

Our event will co-inside with our Day For Kids Event. The event is planned for Saturday 13 September 2014 and will take place at our Off-Base Military Housing. Our event fun will include Kids' Fun Run, inflatables, hot dog lunch, USTA kids' tennis, information and activity booths, door Prizes, and a performance from Science Man. The Kids' Fun Run will be held at 9am. Booths and activities will be open from 10:00 AM -2:00 PM, with lunch being held from 11:00 PM - 1:00 PM while supplies last.
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Melissa Dubois
Email:melissa.l.dubois2.naf@mail.mil
Phone:608-388-4373
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Patriot Park
Fort McCoy, WISCONSIN
UNITED STATES

Sep 13, 2014
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Acadiana Area Softball & Horseshoes Invitational

Join us on September 13th at Brown Park in Lafayette, Louisiana for a day filled with Unified sporting competition. This event is open to all Unified softball teams, t-ball teams (traditional or unified), and horseshoes athletes from around the state. Horseshoes will be offered in singles, doubles, and unified doubles. Please contact use contact information below if you have any interest in joining this event. Hope to see you there!
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Brock Banos
Email:bbanos@laso.org
Phone:(985) 345-6644
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Brown Park
Lafayette, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Sep 20, 2014
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Dulles Day Plane Pull

Think you have what it takes to pull a 164,000-plus pound cargo jet for a great cause? Join us for the Dulles Day Family Festival and Plane Pull® each fall at Dulles International Airport. Watch teams of 25 play tug-of-war with a cargo jet to see who can pull the aircraft 12 feet the fastest. Other event highlights include airplane and auto exhibits, the kid’s zone and bus pull, varied displays and activities, vendors, food and entertainment for the entire community. Event admission and parking are free.
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Ellen Head
Email:ehead@specialolympicsva.org
Phone:703-359-4301
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Dulles Airport
Sterling, Virginia
UNITED STATES

Sep 20, 2014
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

World's Largest Truck Convoy

Join a compassionate army of truck drivers on Saturday September 20, 2014 in Charlotte at the PNC Music Pavilion as law enforcement escorts the World's Largest Truck Convoy to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics athletes and change attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities. Each truck must donate a minimum of $100 to participate.
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Dot
Email:Kohlbach
Phone:9197197662 ext 119
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PNC Music Pavilion
707 Pavilion Blvd

Charlotte , North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Sep 20, 2014
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

World's Largest Truck Convoy

Be a part of the World's Largest Truck Convoy fundraising event as Alberta truck drivers and the law enforcement community unite to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics athletes in Alberta. For more details, please refer to the contact information below.
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Det. Theresa Garagan
Email:tgaragan@calgarypolice.ca
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AMTA Head Office
#1, 285005 Wrangler Way

Rocky View, Alberta
CANADA

Sep 20, 2014
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Bayouland Area Horseshoe & T-Ball

Join us on September 20th at Monsanto Park in Luling, Louisiana for a day filled with Unified sports competition. Male and female athletes and Unified partners from the Bayouland area will show their skill and compete in horseshoes and t-ball. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Theresa Theriot
Email:santacruztee@msn.com
Phone:985-331-3007
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Monsanto Park
Luling, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Sep 20, 2014
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

2014 World's Largest Truck Convoy

The South Carolina State Police will host the 2014 World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics South Carolina. Join the compassionate army of truck drivers as law enforcement officers escort them across the highways and byways of South Carolina to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics athletes and change attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities.
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Deborah Jacobs
Email:djacobs@so-sc.org
Phone:8034045517
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South Carolina Department of Public Safety
10311 Wilson Blvd.

Blythewood, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Sep 20 - 21 2014

South Dakota State Softball Tournament

Join us September 20-21 at Parkview Softball Complex in Rapid City, South Dakota as athlete from around the state come together for two days of tournament action. The tournament will feature Unified Softball, Slow Pitch and Tee Ball. Come and witness the true power of sports.
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Domico Rodriguez
Phone:605-718-8491
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Parkview Softball Complex
4415 Parkview Dr

Rapid City, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

Sep 20, 2014
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

2014's World Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics North Dakota

The World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics North Dakota, held September 20, 2014 at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, is an annual event which unites law enforcement and truckers to raise funds for Special Olympics North Dakota athletes.
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Reid Huttunen
Email:developmentaldir@aol.com
Phone:701-746-0331
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Red River Valley Fairgrounds
1805 West Main Ave

West Fargo, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

Sep 25, 2014

Cops and Calabash

Law Enforcement Officers will be waiting tables for tips during lunch and dinner service. All proceeds to benefit Special Olympics South Carolina.
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Fatz Café
1615 Sandfier Blvd.

Seneca, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Sep 26, 2014
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Lake Murray Stand Up Paddleboard Classic

Race day starts early with a race that features the Area 7 Special Olympics SUP team. This race is the culmination of the team’s summer training program and will be an inspiring start to the day. Race proceeds benefit the South Carolina Special Olympics.
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Lake Murray Dam
Lexington, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Sep 27, 2014

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day

On 27 September 2014, the fifth global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day (EKS Day) will be celebrated around the world, bringing together people with and without intellectual disabilities in various activities to honor the inspiration, impact and indomitable spirit of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. While 4 million Special Olympics athletes and millions of coaches, families, fans and friends live her legacy and lead our movement every day, we unite on Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day in over 100 countries and thousands of communities to show the world the power of unity to create opportunities of acceptance.
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Email:eksday@specialolympics.org
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Various Venues
Various Cities, Various States and Provinces
WORLDWIDE

Sep 27, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Kayaking Championships

Join us on 27 September 2014 at The Lelia Hynson Boating Park in Chestertown, Maryland as over 100 athletes and 30 Unified partners from around the state will compete in a full day of kayaking competition. Events will include: 100 Meter Straight; 100 Meter Doubles (Traditional & Unified); 200 Meter Straight; 200 Meter Doubles (Traditional & Unified); 500 Meter; 500 Meter Doubles (Traditional & Unified). For schedule details, please refer to the link below.
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Jason Schriml
Email:jschriml@somd.org
Phone:4106152435
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The Lelia Hynson Boating Park, Washington College
Chestertown, Maryland
UNITED STATES

Sep 27, 2014
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rail Trail Run & Ride

This inaugural event along the Northern Rail Trail in the beautiful Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region of New Hampshire features 5K and 10K walking/running events and 50K and 100K bicycle races. Families can also participate in a 4.5 mile family fun ride. All races will start and end at Proctor Academy in Andover where a fall festival will include food, live entertainment and more! The 5K race includes Special Olympics and Unified Team awards categories to promote inclusion of people of all abilities in community fitness events. Register today by visiting www.bikereg.com/railtrailrunorride.
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Chelsea Gill
Email:chelseag@sonh.org
Phone:603-624-1250
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Northern Rail Trail
Andover, New Hampshire
UNITED STATES

Sep 28, 2014

Unified Flag Football Tournament

Join us on September 28th at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota for a day of Unified flag football competition. Athletes and Unified partners will be competing from the following counties: Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Renville, Swift, Lac Qui Parle, Yellow Medicine Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Rock, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Scott, Sibley, Waseca, Watonwan, Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Winona. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Mark Anderson
Email:mark.anderson@somn.org
Phone:612-604-1266
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Gustavus Adolphus College
800 W College Ave

St. Peter, Minnesota
UNITED STATES

Oct 4, 2014
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Over the Edge -- St. Louis

Take your support of Special Olympics to new heights. Show your courage by rappelling 19 stories from the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch. Join Special Olympics athletes and fans in this adrenaline-pumping event. Participants must be at least 14 years of age and raise a minimum of $1,000. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
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Stacy Jones
Email:sjones@somo.org
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Hyatt Regency
St. Louis, Missouri
UNITED STATES

Oct 4, 2014
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

2014 Central Michigan University Homecoming 5K Run/Walk

The Central Michigan University(CMU) Homecoming 5K is a Homecoming tradition of more than 20 years! The CMU 5K Run/Walk starts Homecoming morning off right with a course that begins at historic Finch Fieldhouse. Registration is from 7 a.m. - 8 a.m, with the race starting at 8am. The registration cost for the race is $25 before September 15th and $35 afterwards. All participants will receive a shirt and medal at finish. Prizes for overall male and female finishers and master's (40+) male and female finishers and new this year - a prize will be awarded for the most CMU spirit! All proceeds benefit the more than 20,000 athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. Early packet pickup will be available at Special Olympics Michigan on October 3rd between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
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Erin Dougherty
Email:erin@somi.org
Phone:(989) 774-6278
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Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Oct 10 - 11 2014

South Carolina Fall Games

Join us from October 10-11 at Pavilion Recreation Complex in Taylors, South Carolina as athletes from all over the state will be competing in Under 21 bocce, masters bowling, disc golf, flag football, volleyball, tennis, golf and soccer. Hope to see you there.
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Kelly Garrick
Email:kgarrick@so-sc.org
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Pavilion Recreation Complex
400 Scottswood Road

Taylors, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Oct 11, 2014
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

2nd Annual Glow Run

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office will host the 2nd Annual Glow Run 5k Run/Walk at Dillon Park starting at 9pm and lasting until 12am. Registration begins at 8pm and participation in the race is $20 per person, $35 per couple.
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Deputy Mays
Phone:803-436-2046
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Dillon Park
1210 Clara Louise Kellogg Drive

Sumter, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Oct 11 - 12 2014

Stand Up Paddle Board Invitational

This is an inclusive Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) event that will provide competition for Special Olympics Florida SUP teams with a certified heead coach, along with general public race divisions. Register to race in the General Public Division at www.paddleguru.com. Saturday evening on October 11 after SUP teams check in, there will be an athlete dinner and dance at Key West High School. For more information on how to register a Special Olympics Florida SUP team please contact Ruth Holland 305-923-0288 or ruthholland@specialolympicsmonroe.org.
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Ruth Holland
Email:ruthholland@specialolympicsmonroe.org
Phone:305-923-0288
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Higgs Beach
Atlantic Blvd.

Key West, Florida
UNITED STATES

Oct 11, 2014
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM

Metric Century Ride

Metric century (60 Mile) loop bike ride and mountain bike trail (25 mile loop) offered. Registration includes T-Shirt and Refreshments. Proceeds to benefit Special Olympics Area 15 (Aiken, Edgefield, Saluda).
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Boyd Pond Park
373 Boyd Pond Rd

Aiken, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Oct 17 - 18 2014

Over the Edge

You step to the edge, look over, and catch your breath. Adrenaline takes over and, next thing you know, the thrill of adventure consumes you. Welcome to Over the Edge — an adventure for the truest fans! Special Olympics Virginia invites you to go Over the Edge in Richmond. Not for the faint of heart, participants who raise a minimum of $1,000 will find themselves rappelling down the SunTrust Center in downtown Richmond — all to support Special Olympics Virginia. And organizations also can band together to “Toss Their Boss” for the cause. Extreme adventure. Extreme community impact. Trust us, you won’t be the same person by the time your feet reach solid ground. For information visit www.overtheedgeva.com or follow us on Twitter @OverTheEdgeVA.
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Anita Dean
Email:adean@specialolympicsva.org
Phone:804-467-1250
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SunTrust Center
919 E. Main Street

Richmond , Virginia
UNITED STATES

Oct 18, 2014
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Over the Edge -- Jefferson City

Take your support of Special Olympics to new heights. Show your courage by rappelling 13 stories from the Jefferson State Office Building. Join Special Olympics athletes and fans in this adrenaline-pumping event. Participants must be at least 14 years of age and raise a minimum of $1,000. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
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Stacy Jones
Email:sjones@somo.org
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Jefferson State Office Building
Jefferson City, Missouri
UNITED STATES

Oct 18 - 19 2014

Unified Basketball Divisioning Tournament

Join on us on October 18-19 at Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, Connecticut as our athletes and Unified Partners take the court to compete in a divisioning tournament that will encourage athletes of all ability levels to participate and be recognized for his/her performance. Afterwards, competitions will be structured so that athletes and Unified Partners will compete with others of similar ability in equitable divisions. For more information, please refer to the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Email:susanm@soct.org
Phone:(800) 443-6105
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Floyd Little Athletic Center
480 Sherman Pkwy

New Haven, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Oct 19, 2014

Northwest Region Bowling Tournament

Join us on Sunday, October 19th in Lynwood, Washington as Special Olympics bowlers from the Northwest Region compete in a one-day Special Olympics Bowling Tournament. Cheer them on and experience the power of sports. For more details about the event, refer to the link and contact information below.
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Madison Goverde
Email:mgoverde@sowa.org
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Lynwood, Washington
UNITED STATES

Oct 19, 2014
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Unified Volleyball Divisioning Tournament

Join on us on October 19th at Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, Connecticut as our athletes and Unified Partners take the court to compete in a divisioning tournament that will encourage athletes of all ability levels to participate and be recognized for his/her performance. Afterwards, competitions will be structured so that athletes and Unified Partners will compete with others of similar ability in equitable divisions. For more details, please refer to contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Email:susanm@soct.org
Phone:(800) 443-6105
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Floyd Little Athletic Center
480 Sherman Pkwy

New Haven, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Oct 19, 2014
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Unified Soccer Assessment Round - South Section

Join us on October 19th at Plymouth Street Fields in Mansfield, Massachusetts for an exciting day of Unified soccer. Registration opens at 8am with competition lasting from 10am-2pm. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Sam Baglioni
Email:sam.baglioni@specialolympicsma.org
Phone:508-821-3635
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Plymouth Street Fields
50 Plymouth Street

Mansfield, Massachusetts
UNITED STATES

Oct 19, 2014
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

2014 Golf Championships (Level 1-5)

Join us on 19 October 2014 at Queenstown Harbor Golf Links in Queenstown, Maryland as athletes from around the state will compete in various levels of golf competition. Events will include: Level I – Individual Skills Competition; Level II – 9-hole Unified Competition Alternate Shot Stroke Play; Level III – 18-hole Unified Competition Alternate Shot Stroke Play; Level IV – 9-hole Individual Athlete Competition Stroke Play; Level V – 18-hole Individual Athlete Competition Stroke Play. For schedule details please refer to the link below.
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Tommy George
Email:tgeorge@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515
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Queenstown Harbor Golf Links
300 Links Lane

Queenstown, Maryland
UNITED STATES

Oct 20, 2014
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

2014 School Unified Soccer Tournament

Join us for the 2014 School Unified Soccer Tournament Monday, October 20th at West Rutland School in West Rutland, Vermont. This competition will include schools from throughout Vermont. Athletes and partners will compete in 5 per side team soccer or individual skills. For more details, please refer to the contact information below.
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Chris Langevin
Email:clangevin@vtso.org
Phone:802-863-5222
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West Rutland School
713 Main St.

West Rutland, Vermont
UNITED STATES

Oct 20, 2014
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

School Unified Soccer Tournament

Join us for the 2014 School Unified Soccer Tournament on October 20th at West Rutland School in West Rutland, Vermont. This competition will include athletes and Unified partners from schools from throughout Vermont. This tournament will feature 5 a side football matches as well as an individual skills competition. Come and witness all the sports excitement.
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Chris Langevin
Email:clangevin@vtso.org
Phone:802-863-5222
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West Rutland School
713 Main St

West Rutland, Vermont
UNITED STATES

Oct 24, 2014

Unified Bowling

Join us on October 24th at Bemidji Bowl in Bemidji, Minnesota for a amazing day of Unified bowling. Athlete and Unified partners from Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard & Lake of the Woods counties will play unified to support acceptance and inclusion. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Mark Anderson
Email:mark.anderson@somn.org
Phone:612-604-1266
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Bemidji Bowl
3455 Laurel Dr NW

Bemidji, Minnesota
UNITED STATES

Oct 24 - 26 2014

NIRSA Unified College Flag Football at the University of Florida

Join us as Special Olympics Florida Unified Flag Football teams participate in the NIRSA Championship Series at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Unified Sports brings people of all abilities together and are formed by combining players without disabilities with Special Olympics players of similar age and ability. NIRSA is supporting our Unified Sports program by offering a Special Olympics Unified Sports division. Come and see what all of the excitement is all about. For more details, please refer to link and contact information below.
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Eric Ascher
Email:EricA@recsports.ufl.edu
Phone:352-273-2427
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University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
UNITED STATES

Oct 25, 2014

World's Largest Truck Convoy

The World's Largest Truck Convoy is an annual one-day celebration designed to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics. On October 25, 2014, when you fire up your engine at The Meadow Event Park, home of the Virginia State Fair, you will be joining thousands of other truck drivers throughout the United States and Canada, all of whom are driving with two goals in mind: 1) to form the largest procession of trucks the world has ever seen and 2) to build a bigger, better community for the amazing athletes of Special Olympics. In Virginia, this convoy takes place on Interstate 95 near Richmond and is organized by the Virginia State Police as part of their annual Law Enforcement Torch Run efforts. For more details, please refer to the contact information below.
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Roy Zeidman
Email:rzeidman@specialolympicsva.org
Phone:804-726-3022
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Meadow Event Park
Doswell, Virginia
UNITED STATES

Oct 25, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Fall Sports Fest

Join us on 10 October 2014 for our annual Fall Sports Festival in Emmitsburg, Maryland as athletes and Unified partners from around the state will compete in various sports competitions. Events will include: Cycling – 500m time trial, 1k time trial, 2k time trial, 5k road race, 10k road race; Flag Football – traditional team competition, Unified team competition, individual skills competition; Long Distance Running – Traditional 800m run/walk, traditional 1500m run/walk, Unified 1500m run/walk, 3k race, 5k race, 10k race; Power Lifting – bench Press, dead Lift, combination (bench Press and dead lift); Tennis – individual skills competition, traditional singles, traditional doubles – level 2 and level 5, Unified doubles competition – level 2 and level 5. For schedule details, please refer to the link below.
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Mike Czarnowsky
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515
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Mount St. Mary's University
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road

Emmitsburg, Maryland
UNITED STATES

Oct 26, 2014

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Los Angeles

Run on Team Special Olympics Southern California in the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series – one of Southern California's most entertaining races. Race to the finish in Los Angeles on October 26. Not only will you rock out to music at every mile, but you'll also raise funds for the rock star athletes of Special Olympics Southern California.
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Richard Fernandez
Email:rfernandez@sosc.org
Phone:562-502-1100
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LA Live
Los Angeles, California
UNITED STATES

Oct 30, 2014
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Bocce & Unified Bocce Competition

Special Olympics Texas will be hosting an Area Bocce Competition on Thursday, October 30, 2014. This event will start with the Opening Ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. followed by Competition. Entries are due to the area office by Friday, September 12, 2014 by no later than 5:00 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering for this event or other Special Olympics Texas Area events, please refer to contact information below.
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Maribel Santoya-Maciel
Email:msantoya-maciel@sotx.org
Phone:(956) 712-2144
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TBA
Laredo, Texas
UNITED STATES

Nov 1, 2014

Nebraska Unifed Bowling

Join us on November 1st at either Lepoard Lanes in Bellevue or Cedar Lanes in North Platte to witness an exciting match of Unified bowling. Athletes and Unified partners from around the area will compete to promote acceptance and inclusion through sport. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Rick Childree
Email:rchildree@sone.org
Phone:402-331-5545 Ext. 12
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Leopard Lanes & Cedar Lanes
Bellevue and North Platte, Nebraska
UNITED STATES

Nov 2, 2014
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

2014 Soccer Championships

Join us on 2 November 2014 at the Crowne Sports Center in Eden, Maryland as athletes and Unified partners from around the state will compete in one full day of soccer competition. Events will include: Individual Skills Competition; Player Development Unified, 7 v. 7; Traditional Team Competition, 7 v. 7 (Young Adult and Senior Teams); Traditional Team Competition, 5 v. 5 (Elem., Middle, and High School Teams) ; Unified Team Competition, 7 v. 7 (Young Adult and Senior Teams); Unified Team Competition, 5 v. 5 (Elem., Middle, and High School Teams). For schedule details, please refer to link below.
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Mike Czarnowsky
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515
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Crowne Sports Center
28410 Crown Rd

Eden, Maryland
UNITED STATES

Nov 6 - 8 2014

15th National Invitational Tennis Championship

Join us as Special Olympics South Carolina hosts the Special Olympics North America 15th National Tennis Championships. Athletes will compete in 5 levels of competition: Level 1 – Individual Skills Competition; Level 2 – Singles/Doubles/ Unified Doubles; Level 4 – Singles/Doubles/ Unified Doubles; Level 5 – Singles/Doubles/ Unified Doubles. Come fill the stands to cheer and support our athletes. See you there!
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Kelly Garrick
Email:kgarrick@so-sc.org
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Van der Meer Shipyard Tennis Resort
116 Shipyard Drive

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Nov 6 - 8 2014

Special Olympics North America 15th National Invitational Tennis Championships

Join us November 6-8 at Van der Meer Shipyard Resort in Hilton Head Isle, South Carolina for 3 days of golf tournament action! The tournament feature Level 1 – Individual Skills; Level 2 – Singles/Doubles/Unified Doubles; Level 4 – Singles/Doubles/Unified Doubles and Level 5 – Singles/Doubles/Unified Doubles. Hope to see you there!
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Kelly Garrick
Email:KGarrick@so-sc.org
Phone:803-772-1555
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Van der Meer Shipyard Resort
116 Shipyard Drive

Hilton Head Isle, South Carolina
UNITED STATES


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