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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


September 04, 2015 | North America: Georgia

Special Olympics Georgia September Athlete of the Month: Joyce Burton

By Lee Wright

Special Olympics Georgia September Athlete of the Month Joyce Burton

Joyce Burton is a 36-year old, all-around, vibrant athlete. She represents Special Olympics Georgia in Putnam County, Georgia in Area 7.View Story Joyce Burton is a 36-year old, all-around, vibrant athlete. She represents Special Olympics Georgia in Putnam County, Georgia in Area 7. Joyce is a very athletic and sports-oriented athlete who enjoys all aspects of competition in Special Olympics and community recreation. She is always very eager to participate and is competitive at local, area, and state levels of SOGA competition. Joyce has been involved and has participated in traditional and unified team basketball and softball, track and field, equestrian (showmanship/intermediate trails), bocce and singles bowling. For the first time this year, she competed in the 2015 Unified competition in State Masters Bowling, in which her team placed fourth. Our Special Olympics Georgia program has been very influential in enhancing Joyce’s self esteem, athletic and sportsmanship skills, positive attitude and her love for sports. Congratulations to Joyce Burton, Special Olympics Georgia's well-deserving September “Athlete of the Month!”

About Lee Wright:Communications and Marketing Manager for Special Olympics Georgia
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September 02, 2015 | North America: Iowa

Volunteerism Grows Friendships and Creates Opportunities

By Shelly Perkins

Tyler Leech and Chick Herbert at Tyler's college graduation party.

Making the decision to help out, lend a hand, become involved, stand up for a cause, become an advocate, has a far-reaching and positive influence on so many lives.View Story Making the decision to help out, lend a hand, become involved, stand up for a cause, become an advocate, has a far-reaching and positive influence on so many lives. For Chick Herbert, a Business Initiatives Senior Manager in our Retail Services business in Des Moines, choosing to volunteer and serve on the board for Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) the past nine years has been an extremely meaningful and rewarding experience for a number of reasons – specifically, meeting and growing a friendship with Tyler Leech. Chick and Tyler met during Chick’s first year with Special Olympics Iowa, and Chick soon learned why everyone knows and loves Tyler. “Tyler is a great human being and very active in the Special Olympics movement,” said Chick. Read the full story at the link below

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August 24, 2015 | North America: New York

SONY Softball Athlete Proves Anything is Possible

By Rachel Matthews

On Saturday, August 15, 2015 a softball athlete from Special Olympics New York of the North Country Region proved that a unassisted triple play is not only possible for Major League ball players.View Story On Saturday, August 15, 2015 a softball athlete from Special Olympics New York of the North Country Region proved that a unassisted triple play is not only possible for Major League ball players. Veteran coaches, seasoned athletes and ASA umpires watched in awe as a SunMount Mountaineer softball player, Keith Pragle, caused three outs in one play during his first ever Special Olympics softball competition! To learn more about Keith's amazing accomplishment, please follow the link below.

About Rachel Matthews:My name is Rachel Matthews and I am the Program Specialist for Special Olympics New York of the Capital District and North Country Regions. I am incredibly fortunate to have to opportunity to work alongside inspiring athletes like Keith and witness the positive impact that sports can have on the human spirit.
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August 20, 2015 | North America: District of Columbia

Athletes Return Home to Praise and Recognition

By Kate McKenna

The talents of Special Olympics athletes were on full display during the nine-day World Games in Los Angeles. And their achievements continue to make an impact in the 165 countries that took part, as leaders in the highest levels of government and across society speak out about the talents and achievements of our athletes.View Story The talents of Special Olympics athletes were on full display during the nine-day World Games in Los Angeles. And their achievements continue to make an impact in the 165 countries that took part, as leaders in the highest levels of government and across society speak out about the talents and achievements of our athletes. From India to Israel, in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, Special Olympics athletes have been welcomed home to national acclaim and, in several cases, governmental pledges of renewed support for their Special Olympics programs in particular and for people with intellectual disabilities overall. This attention from Presidents, Prime Ministers, Sports Ministry officials, cultural and business leaders can have long-lasting effect – especially in parts of the world where people with intellectual disabilities face severe isolation and stigma. In those countries, what might seem like a simple “welcome home” for athletes can mark a turning point in policy.

About Kate McKenna:I am the director of editorial and multimedia for Special Olympics.
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August 18, 2015 | North America: Louisiana

Perks of Playing Unified

By Casey Minton

SOLA athlete, Camrin Sandoz represented Special Olympics Louisiana when he traveled to Washington, DC to compete in the Quicken Loans National Pro-Am sponsored by Perfect Sense Digital.View Story Camrin Sandoz represented Special Olympics Louisiana when he traveled to Washington, DC to compete in the Quicken Loans National Pro-Am sponsored by Perfect Sense Digital. This picture above is of Cam and professional golfer Arjun Atwal. Once their round of golf was finished, Cam gave Arjun a Special Olympics Unified Golf Gold medal (you can see it in Arjun’s right hand in the shot). Cam had won the medal this year at the Louisiana State Golf Tournament. He told Arjun “I know you have won lots of money and trophies as a pro golfer but I bet you have never won a Special Olympics Gold medal.” At first Arjun said he couldn’t accept Cam’s gold medal, but Cam quickly said, “Don’t worry I’ll win another one next year!”

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Upcoming Events Around the World


Date

Event

Location

Sep 4, 2015

State Golf Championships

Join us September 4th at Disney's Palm and Oak Trail in Windermere, Florida as our athletes compete and show their skill in golf 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 Florida
Phone: 352-243-9536
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Disney's Palm and Oak Trail
Windermere, Florida
UNITED STATES

Sep 5, 2015

Individual Golf Skills

Join us September 5th in Skowhegan, Maine as our athletes compete and show their skill in golf 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 Maine
Phone: 207-879-0489
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Loon's Cove Golf Course
Skowhegan, Maine
UNITED STATES

Sep 8, 2015

Unified 9-Hole Golf Tournament

Join us September 8th at Lakewood Golf Course in Madison, Maine as our athletes compete and show their skill in Unified golf 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 Maine
Phone: 207-879-0489
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Lakewood Golf Course
Madison, Maine
UNITED STATES

Sep 11 - 12 2015

State Equestrian Competition

Join us September 11-12 in Clovis, New Mexico as our athletes compete and show their skill in equestrian 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 New Mexico
Phone: 505-856-0342
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Clovis, New Mexico
UNITED STATES

Sep 11 - 13 2015

Surfing Championship & SUP Invitational

Join us September 11-13 in Cocoa Beach, Florida as our athletes compete and show their skill in stand up paddle board 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 Florida
Phone: 352-243-9536
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Cocoa Beach, Florida
UNITED STATES

Sep 11 - 12 2015

Upper Peninsula Regional Bocce & Golf Tournament

Come and cheer on our athletes as the demonstrate their grit and determination in bocce and golf competition. This event will be held on September 11th at Boulder Creek Golf Course in Bessemer, Michigan. Dinner, opening ceremonies and the dance on Friday with competition on Saturday. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Barb Siira
Email: Area39@somi.org
Phone: 906-229-5168
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Boulder Creek Golf Course
N11868 Heron Lane

Bessemer, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 12, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Munising Community Run

The Munising Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will happen on September 12, 2015. This is a run/walk event starting at Anytime Fitness, 601 W. Munising Ave. Munising, MI 49862 (tours of the gym will be available). The route is a scenic 2.5 miles through Munising. All participants will end at Shooters Firehouse Lounge at noon where Fire Brick Oven Pizza's will be available to purchase, provided by The Cooking Carberrys. Call Carla White for any questions at 517-937-6492 or whitec11@michigan.gov. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m.; Walkers will start at 11:30 a.m.; Runners will start at 12:00 p.m. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for over 20,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes.
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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 12, 2015
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Allegan Torch Run

The Allegan Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 12th. The Run will begin at 10:00 a.m. Registration will start at 9:00 a.m. Registration before August 12th is $25.00. After August 12th registration is $30.00. Registration fee includes a dri fit t-shirt. Please note the dri fit tend to run a little larger. Children 16 years and younger pay $12. Youth size cotton shirts will be available. This is a timed 5K race. Epic Race Timing will be providing the race timing. For more information please visit: www.allegantorchrun.com. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for nearly 20,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community on Saturday morning to support these Special Olympians.
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Kim Thorington
Email: kthorington@allegancounty.org
Phone: 616-218-2596
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Allegan Sports Complex
524 Marshall St

Allegan , Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 12, 2015
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Bayouland Area Aquatics Invitational

Join us September 12 at Cut Off Youth Center in Cutoff, Louisiana 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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Charlie Courville
Email: ccourville@laso.org
Phone: 800-345-6644
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Cut Off Youth Center
205 West 79th St.

Cutoff, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Sep 12 - 13 2015

State Soccer and Bocce Competition

Join us September 12-13 in Grand Forks, North Dakota as our athletes compete and show their skill in soccer and bocce 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 North Dakota
Phone: 701-746-0331
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Grand Forks, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

Sep 12, 2015

Individual 9-Hole Golf Competition

Join us September 12th at Martindale Country Club in Auburn, Maine as our athletes compete and show their skill in golf 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 Maine
Phone: 207-879-0489
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Martindale Country Club
Auburn, Maine
UNITED STATES

Sep 12, 2015

State Softball Tournament

Join us September 12th in Toledo, Ohio as our athletes compete and show their skill in softball 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 Ohio
Phone: 614-239-7050
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Toledo, Ohio
UNITED STATES

Sep 12, 2015
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Southwest Regional Soccer Tournament

Join us on September 12th at Kraft Meadows Middle School in Caledonia, Michigan. This event features athletes from across Michigan's Southwest Region competing in 5 on 5, 7 on 7 and Unified Divisions. Opening Ceremonies kick off at 8:30 am with competition to follow beginning at 9:00 am.
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Nick Caudle
Email: caudl1n@cmich.edu
Phone: 616-583-1202
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Kraft Meadows Middle School
9230 Kraft Ave. SE

Caledonia, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 12, 2015

Acadiana Area Softball & Horseshoes Invitational

This is an event that is open for 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.
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Charlie Courville
Email: ccourville@laso.org
Phone: 800-345-6644
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Brown Park
1234 E Pont Des Mouton Rd

Lafayette, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Sep 13, 2015
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Northern Region Soccer Tournament

Join us on September 13 at the Roscommon Rotary Soccer Fields in Roscommon, Michigan as our athletes compete in the all-day Soccer Tournament. Hope to see you there!
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Roscommon Rotary Soccer Fields
Roscommon, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 13, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

West Branch Community Run

The West Branch Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 13th. Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the Run will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the jail on M-55/M-30 intersection on the west end of town. Runners will run though town and end up at McDonalds out at the business loop/I-75 on the south end of town. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,757 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community to support these Special Olympians.
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Howie Hanft
Email: ogemawsheriff@ogsh.org
Phone: 989-312-0973
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Intersection of M-55/M-30
West Branch, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 13, 2015

State Soccer and Bocce Competition

Join us September 13th in Olathe, Kansas as our athletes compete and show their skill in soccer and bocce 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 Kansas
Phone: 913-236-9290
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Olathe, Kansas
UNITED STATES

Sep 13, 2015
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Hillsdale Community Run

This is a 3.1 mile run starting at Courthouse Square and ending at the Hillsdale County ISD - Greenfield School. Registration starts at 4:30, 5:15 start time for walkers, 5:45 start time for runners. The registration includes a dri fit t-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan's Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,797 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan's Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan's Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes.
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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 13, 2015

State Equestrian Competition

Join us September 13th at Grand Island in Fonner Park, Nebraska as our athletes compete and show their skill in equestrian 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 Nebraska
Phone: 402-331-5545
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Grand Island
Fonner Park, Nebraska
UNITED STATES

Sep 14, 2015

Northern Maine Soccer Tourney

Join us September 14th at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle, Maine as our athletes compete and show their skill in soccer competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Maine
Phone: 207-879-0489
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Northern Maine Community College
Presque Isle, Maine
UNITED STATES

Sep 14, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Traverse City Community Run

The Traverse City Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 14th. The Run will start in the parking lot of US 31 and Cass Ave. This is a 5k race. Registration begins at 5:00 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 contact Carrie Chase at cchase@grandtraverse.org or 231-342-1544 or Jennifer Strange at strangej@michigan.gov. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,757 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community on Sunday evening to support these Special Olympics athletes.
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Carrie Chase
Email: cchase@grandtraverse.org
Phone: 231-342-1544
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Cass Public Parking Lot
Traverse City, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 14, 2015
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Manistee Community Run

The Manistee Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 14th at 8:30 a.m with a start time of 9:00 a.m. This is a 1.5 mile run from Manistee City PD to 1st Street at the Beach Lions pavilion. A light breakfast and drinks will be available at the pavilion. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for nearly 20,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community to support these Special Olympics athletes.
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Greg Hubers
Email: hubersg@michigan.gov
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Manistee City PD
Manistee, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 14, 2015
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Ludington Community Run

The Ludington Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 14th. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,797 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community to support these Special Olympians.
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Tami Ledger
Phone: 231-843-3475
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City Park band shelter
Lewis St.

Ludington, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 15, 2015
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Alpena Community Run

The Alpena Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 15, 2015. The 5K Run will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Duck Lake and will end at Southside Fire Station. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for nearly 20,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community to support these Special Olympics athletes.
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Ashley Simpson
Email: simpsonA4@michigan.gov
Phone: 989-354-4101
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Duck Park
Alpena, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 15, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Petoskey Community Run

The Petoskey Community Run takes place Sept. 15, 2015 at noon at the MSP Post. This is a 3 mile run starting at the MSP Post to US-31 ending at the Emmet Co. Sheriff Department. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,797 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community on Saturday morning to support these Special Olympics athletes.
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Randy Kloss
Email: rkloss@emmetcounty.org
Phone: 231-439-8902
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Michigan State Police Post
Petoskey, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 15, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Muskegon Community Run

This is a 5k Timed Race and untimed 1k Fun Run/Walk at Fricanos. Registration begins at 4:00 p.m. Race starts at 6:00 p.m. The registration includes a dri fit t-shirt. Register at itsyourrace.com! Registration details: 5K:$25 includes a dri fit shirt before 7/31 ($27 after 8/1); $30 day of race (shirts available while supplies last); 1 mile Fun Run/Walk: $15 includes a dri fit shirt before 7/31 ($17 after 8/1); $18 day of race (shirt available while supplies last). Once registered you have the option to raise additional funds for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. To create a fundraising page, please visit www.firstgiving.com/somi/Muskegon.
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Ivy Horton
Email: MkgFunRun@gmail.com
Phone: 231-798-5417
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Fricano's Muskegon Lake
1050 West Western

Muskegon, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 16, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

South Haven Community Run

The South Haven Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 16th. The run will begin at the corner of Eagle and Kalamazoo streets and will end at Water Street. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. Registration starts at 10:00 a.m. and the run will begin at 11:00 a.m. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,797 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community on Saturday morning to support these Special Olympians.
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Dale Hinz
Email: hinzd@michigan.gov
Phone: 989-774-3911
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Corner of Eagle & Kalamazoo St.
South Haven, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 16, 2015
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Grand Rapids Community Run

The Grand Rapids Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 16th. Registration will begin at Millennium Park at 5:00 p.m. with the run starting at 6:00 p.m. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,757 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community to support these Special Olympics athletes.
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Ric Buikema
Email: rbuikema@eastgr.org
Phone: 616-949-7010
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Millennium Park
Grand Rapids, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 16, 2015
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Gladwin Community Run

he Gladwin Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 16th. The Run will begin at 12:00 p.m. at the Old Michigan State Police Post on M-18 to the Fire Department on Cedar Street. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,797 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community to support these Special Olympics athletes.
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Duane Bean
Email: dbean@gladwin.org
Phone: 800-644-6404
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Old Michigan State Police Post
M-18

Gladwin, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 16, 2015
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Gerrish Township Community Run

The Gerrish Township Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 16th. Registration begins at 3:00 p.m. and is $25.00. The runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The 5K run starts at 3:00 p.m. with registration and the run beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Roscommon High School and will go to Fred's. If you have any questions, contact Chief Hill at chief.hill@gerrishiptownship.org or Julie Hill at jhill@gerrishtownship.org The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 19,620 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community to support these Special Olympics athletes.
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Brian Hill
Email: chief.hill@gerrishtownship.org
Phone: 989-821-5207
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Roscommon High School
Roscommon, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 16, 2015
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Gaylord Community Run

The Gaylord Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 16th. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Gaylord Police Department. The run will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Gaylord Police Department and will end at the Michigan State Police post. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,757 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community to support these Special Olympics athletes.
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Kellie Murphy
Email: murph4kj@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3911
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Gaylord Police Department
Gaylord, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 17, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Big Rapids Community Run

The Big Rapids Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 17th. The 5K Run will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety and end there. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,757 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community to support these Special Olympics Olympics athletes.
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Andrea Nerbonne
Email: anerbonne@ci.big-rapids.mi.us
Phone: 800-644-6404
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Big Rapids Department of Public Safety
Big Rapids, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 17, 2015
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Midland Community Run

The Midland Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 17th. Registration starts at 4:00 p.m. The 2 mile walk will begin at 5:00 p.m. and the 3 mile run will start at 5:30 p.m. It will end crossing home plate at the Dow Diamond. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,797 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community to support these Special Olympics athletes.
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Rod Roten
Email: rroten@midland-mi.org
Phone: 989-600-0141
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Midland Law Enforcement Center
Midland, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 17, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Mt. Pleasant Community Run

The Mt. Pleasant Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 17th. The Run will begin at 2:15 p.m. at the old MSP post and finish at 2:35 with the exchange of the torch in front of the Special Olympics office. MDOC takes over the run at that point. Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,797 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community to support these Special Olympics athletes.
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Kellie Murphy
Email: murph4kj@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3911
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Old Michigan State Police Post
Mission Rd.

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 17, 2015
11:30 PM - 1:00 AM

Lansing Midnight Community Run

The Lansing Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 17th. The Run will begin at 11:30 p.m. at Michigan and Capitol and will end at Grand River and Northwind (E. Lansing). Registration is $25.00 and the runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,797 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our Special Olympics athletes.
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Darin Southworth
Email: darin.southworth@lansingmi.gov
Phone: 517-243-1672
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State Capitol Steps
Lansing, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 17, 2015
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Alma Community Run

The Alma Community Run will start at Luce/Superior on the west side of town ending at Jerome/Lincoln on the east side. This is a straight 3 mile run through town with Central Route. The run will start at 5:00 p.m. A dri-fit t-shirt is included with the registration fee of $25. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan's Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for nearly 20,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan's Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan's Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes.
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Jessica Kunik
Email: kunikj@michigan.gov
Phone: 989-277-9765
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Luce/Superior St.
Alma, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 17, 2015

Greenville Community Run

The Greenville Community Run for Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place on September 17th. The run is a 5K Run that starts at the Greenville Community Center. Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Greenville Community Center and is $25.00. The runner will receive a dri-fit t-shirt. The Run will begin at 11:35 a.m. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for 20,757 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officer’s and members of the community to support these Special Olympians.
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Kevin Sweeney
Email: sweeneyk@michigan.gov
Phone: 517-719-1195
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Greenville Community Center
Greenville, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 18, 2015

Oakland County Community Run

The Oakland County LETR Community Run will take place on September 18th. This run is part of Law Enforcement Torch Run Week and benefits the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics International. Michigan’s Law Enforcement Torch Run program raises funds for over 20,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. The two main goals of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® are raise funds and to create awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As Michigan’s Special Olympics program continues to grow, more funding is needed to support the athletes and their families because there is no cost to participate. This is where the support of the law enforcement community becomes crucial. By getting more involved in Michigan’s Torch Run program you can help raise funds and create awareness for our athletes. So come join the officers and members of the community to support these Special Olympians.
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Mark Boody/Corey Hines
Phone: 989-774-3911
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Oakland
Oakland, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 19, 2015
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Softball Competition + EKS Celebration

The Heart of Texas Area Softball competition will be September 19. Team competition and Individual Skills will occur. The event begins with Opening Ceremonies at 9:00 a.m. During the competition, we will also honor the memory of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
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Tommy Smith
Email: tsmith@sotx.org
Phone: 254-230-4824
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Robinson Little League - Youngblood Park
200 E Moonlight Dr.

Robinson, Texas
UNITED STATES

Sep 19 - 20 2015

Croquet Tournament

The Special Olympics Rhode Island and Special Olympics Connecticut croquet tournament will be held on Saturday, September 19th and Sunday, September 20th at Ocean House in Westerly. One hundred athletes and unified partners will be competing in this fun sport!
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Chris Hopkins
Email: chris@specialolympicsri.org
Phone: 401-349-4900
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Ocean House
1 Bluff Avenue

Westerly, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

Sep 19, 2015
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Bocce/Softball Competition + EKS Celebration

The Special Olympics Texas: Greater Dallas Area Bocce & Softball Competition is an area-wide competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities. This event is hosted by the City of Farmer’s Branch. EKS Day celebrates the life of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and is a global call for people to commit actions of inclusion, acceptance and unity for and with people with intellectual disabilities. Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s actions helped open the minds and hearts of all people to the gifts and talents of individuals with intellectual disabilities. As the founder of Special Olympics, she demonstrated that one person could make a difference and change the world… and she certainly did just that.
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Alex Hubbard
Email: ahubbard@sotx.org
Phone: 214-943-9981
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Oran Good Park
13401 Tom Field Road

Farmers Branch, Texas
UNITED STATES

Sep 19, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Arkansas -- 2015 Truck Convoy

The Truck Convoy® is a celebration of the trucking industry and its support of Special Olympics. It is a unique one-day celebration in which law enforcement makes special dispensation and escorts a convoy of trucks up to 30 miles through their town.
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Camie Powell
Email: camie@specialolympicsarkansas.org
Phone: 501-771-0222
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Maverick Transportation
13301 Valentine Rd

North Little Rock , Arkansas
UNITED STATES

Sep 19, 2015

World's Largest Truck Convoy

Once again truckers and Law Enforcement are teaming up for the annual World's Largest Truck Convoy event to benefit Special Olympics Wyoming athletes across the state! Come enjoy a day you are not going to forget starting with a convoy through the city of Cheyenne, lunch with local athletes and a grab bag filled with goodies from the 2015 World's Largest Truck Convoy!
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Stephanie Ferrell
Email: specialevents@specialolympicswy.org
Phone: 307-235-3062
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F.E. Warren Air Force Base
Gate 2

Cheyenne, Wyoming
UNITED STATES

Sep 19, 2015
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Phil a Palooza Fundraiser

Phil a Palooza is a new fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Rhode Island. It is a fun day-long event for the entire family! A barbecue, pig roast, games and a live performance by 'Brother to Brother' band! It will be held at Vasa Park in Foster. $25.00 for tickets. Children 12 and under and Special Olympics Rhode Island athletes are free.
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Tracy Garabedian
Email: tracy@specialolympicsri.org
Phone: 401-349-4900
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Vasa Park
10 Boswell Trail

Foster, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

Sep 19, 2015

2015 Truck Convoy -- North Carolina

We will be hosting the 2015 Truck Convoy in celebration of the truck industry and its support of Special Olympics. It is a unique one-day celebration in which law enforcement makes special dispensation and escorts a convoy of trucks up to 30 miles through cities and towns of North Carolina.
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Michelle Zaski
Email: mzaski@sonc.net
Phone: 919-719-7662
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PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte
2200 Gateway Centre Blvd. Suite 201

Morrisville, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Sep 19, 2015
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Golf Competition + EKS Day Celebration

The Greater Fort Worth Area Golf Competition will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Rockwood Golf Course. During the competition, we will also honor the memory of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
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Cheryl Bledsaw
Email: cbledsaw@sotx.org
Phone: 817-332-3433
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Rockwood Golf Course
1851 Jacksboro Hwy

Fort Worth, Texas
UNITED STATES

Sep 22 - 24 2015

Camp Shriver

Camp Shriver brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities for training and competition. The primary goals are to provide another level of challenge and promote inclusion.
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Emma Rice
Email: erice@laso.org
Phone: 985-345-6644
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Magnolia Community Center
100 Central Ave

Jefferson, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Sep 22 - 26 2015

Health Screenings

A Health screening will be held on September 22 for all special institutions and will be conducted by the Ministry of Health. A Family Day for all special institutions, families, teaches, etc., hosted by the SOTT coaches will take place in an open Park from 9:00am to 4:00pm with lots of fun games, and other activities; food and music will also be provided
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Ferdinand Bibby
Email: ferdinandbibby@yahoo.com
Phone: 868-685-5689
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Lions Cultural Centre
Wrightson Road

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Sep 24 - 26 2015

Area Bocce Competition + EKS Day Celebration

Special Olympics Texas – Area 14 is holding their Bocce Competition on September 24, 2015 (Thursday), September 25, 2015 (Friday) and September 26, 2015 (Saturday) at the location listed below. This event will begin with Opening Ceremonies at 9 a.m., followed by competition. During the competition, we will also honor the memory of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
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Luann Chastain
Email: lchastain@sotx.org
Phone: 325-677-3200
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Centennial Park
2501 Maple St.

Abilene, Texas
UNITED STATES

Sep 25 - 27 2015

State Fall Games

The Fall Games offers a high profile, exciting event for approximately 1,700 Special Olympics Michigan athletes to showcase their skills in Flag Football, Soccer, Cycling, Softball and Golf. Flag Football at Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea: Team Competition, Unified Teams, Skills Competition. Cycling at Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea: Individual Events, Unified Teams. Soccer at Independence Park in Canton: 5, 7 and 11-a-side Team Competition; Unified Teams; Skills Competition. Softball at Canton Softball Complex in Canton: Team Competition, Unified Teams, T-Ball Competition, Skills Competition, Coach-pitch Demonstration. Golf at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Ypsilanti: 9 Hole Individual, Unified Teams, Skills Competition.
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Aaron Mills
Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
Phone: 989-774-4393
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Independence Park, Chrysler Proving Grounds and Eagle Crest Golf Course
Canton, Chelsea and Ypsilanti, Michigan
UNITED STATES


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