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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.

Honoring Special Olympics' founder in sport and in spirit. Slideshow: Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day 2011
See stories about Special Olympics activities in North America. Read More
Sports has the power to change lives. Read Michael's Story
Athlete and Olympic Gold medalist, Apolo Ohno. World Games Results

Stories from North America


marzo 18, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Unified on the Court in North Carolina

By Rebecca Ralston

Energy was high and the competition was fierce as students from the University of North Carolina, along with Special Olympics athletes from Orange County, took on the Duke Blue Devils and local Durham County athletes in the first Special Olympics Unified Sports basketball game.View Story Energy was high and the competition was fierce as students from the University of North Carolina, along with Special Olympics athletes from Orange County, took on the Duke Blue Devils and local Durham County athletes in the first Special Olympics Unified Sports basketball game. Despite a tight game and aggressive play, the home team pulled away with the victory – the game’s final score was Duke – 42, UNC – 37. Nearly 400 students and community members came out to support the teams and shared in the energy, passion and determination of Unified Sports.

About Rebecca Ralston:I work for Special Olympics Project UNIFY with a focus in Youth Leadership.
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abril 25, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

Paul Berman homenajeado en la Casa Blanca como “Campeón del Cambio”

By Karl Hejlik

El pasado 2 de octubre, la Casa Blanca recibió a 170 miembros del Club de Leones de todo el país.View Story El pasado 2 de octubre, la Casa Blanca recibió a 170 miembros del Club de Leones de todo el país. Como parte del programa del día, la Casa Blanca reconoció al asesor clínico general de Atletas Saludables y al fundador de Opening Eye, Paul Berman, como uno de los once miembros de “Campeones del Cambio”. Estos “Campeones” han dedicado su tiempo y esfuerzo a sus comunidades por todo el país y tendrán la oportunidad de compartir sus historias con los funcionarios de la Administración y los miembros del Club de Leones de todo el planeta. El programa de los Campeones del Cambio se concibió para homenajear a aquellos norteamericanos normales que emprenden una gran labor para sus comunidades.

About Karl Hejlik:Soy director general de comunicación en materia de investigación y salud de Olimpiadas Especiales.
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octubre 01, 2012 | North America: Virginia

Lots of talk about physical disabilities on July 26th. Is Intellectual Disability forgotten?

By David Egan

Ashley Count and David Egan at the Eisenhower Building on the ADA 22nd Birthday

On July 26th,2012, Ashley Counts and I represented Special Olympics International at the Eisenhower Executive Building where we were celebrating the 22nd Anniversary of the American Disability Act witView Story On July 26th,2012, Ashley Counts and I represented Special Olympics International at the Eisenhower Executive Building where we were celebrating the 22nd Anniversary of the American Disability Act with a panel of representatives invited by the White House to share their accomplishments and challenges promoting and securing the rights of people with disabilities. We listened very carefully to every speaker and were a little astonished that none of them spoke about the needs of people like Ashley and me who have intellectual disabilities. Encouraged by Ashley, I raised my hand: "I have not heard you speak about Intellectual Disabilities and am wondering how it is being represented in the President's agenda" There was lots of silence in the room. Eyes turned and finally Kareem Dale responded that work is underway with a bipartisan representation with Senator Tom Harkin and Congresswoman Cathy Mc-Morris Rodgers. Valerie Jarret closed the session and chatted with Ashley and me. I hope we had an impact on the session and from now on, they will not forget people with intellectual disabilities.

About David Egan:I am an Athlete from Area 26 in Vienna, Virginia. I love Special Olympics and serve as a Global Messenger. I love sports. I am a swimmer, tennis and ping pong player. I compete in Soccer, Basketball,and Softball. I also love to talk about the "Dignity Revolution" that Tim Shriver is promoting.
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octubre 01, 2012 | North America: Virginia

Friends Forever, the Surprising Lesson of Special Olympics :-)

By Robin Schermerhorn

One of David's friends gives him heartfelt praise

Recently I attended a birthday party for a friend, David Egan, from Virginia who was turning 35 years old. The party had all the ingredients for a wonderful time--pizza, games, dancing, music, and runView Story Recently I attended a birthday party for a friend, David Egan, from Virginia who was turning 35 years old. David is a Special Olympics basketball player, soccer player, swimmer and much more. The party had all the ingredients for a wonderful time--pizza, games, dancing, music, and running video of accomplishments displayed nearby. The cake was cut and served. I thought that the party couldn't get any better. Then attendees in the room were invited to speak. I expected to hear sweet birthday wishes and funny comments of past occasions, especially since his family members were such jokers. One of his friends took the microphone, stood tall, took a deep breath, and with his sensitive and inspiring speech blew me away with his compassion for both his friend and the ties that bound them through the Special Olympics. I felt humbled in the presence of a spirit in the room bigger than any one of us there. The presence of Special Olympics in these men and women empowers and enables them to think beyond athletics to having a social network of close friends; friends forever.

About Robin Schermerhorn:I am a parent of a son, Mason, who participates in several activities yearly with Special Olympics. The organization has had a very positive impact on my son's life.
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octubre 01, 2012 | North America: Jamaica

My Mummy and Clinton Global Initative Conference

By Esther C. Pair

Mummy and me

On Friday September 21 2012 my mummy my daddy and I went from Jamaica to New York We went to the Empire State Building and to Cenral Park also to Times Square, the same places that I see on TV and inView Story On Friday September 21 2012 my mummy my daddy and I went from Jamaica to New York We went to the Empire State Building and to Cenral Park also to Times Square, the same places that I see on TV and in the movies BUT the best part was on Sunday when we went to the Sheraton Hotel and met President Clinton AND my mummy spoke at his conference about me and Special Olympics, it was so exciting and then I was interviewed by the New York Times and the Boston Globe and others, I also met Timothy Shriver, Loretta Clairbourne and Allison Felix and even took my picures with them. I am so proud of myself and my mummy and daddy too.

About Esther C. Pair:I am 25 years old and have been in Special Olympics for 10 years. I went to the world summer games in China and in Greece there I got a silver medal for Bocce.
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Upcoming Events Around the World


Date

Event

Location

feb 28, 2015
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Los Angeles Polar Plunge

The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and anyone to support people with intellectual disabilities by running (or pretending to jump) into the chilly waters at Marina "Mother's" Beach in Marina del Rey. A few hundred people are expected to weather the cold and plunge into 50-degree waters on February 28 to support Special Olympics. Each participant who raises a minimum of $50 gets a long sleeve shirt and can enjoy the festivities (either by taking the plunge or watching from the "Chicken Coop"). Raise more than $50, and you will have the opportunity to earn cool and fun prizes.
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Brandon Tanner
Email: btanner@sosc.org
Phone: 562-502-1100
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Mother's Beach
4101 Admiralty Way

Marina del Rey, California
UNITED STATES

feb 28, 2015
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

"Freezin for a Reason" Polar Plunge

Cleveland County's Sheriff Office will be holding a "Freezin for a Reason" Polar Plunge at the beach area of Moss Lake. Individuals can plunge for a minimum donation of $30.00 and teams (max of 6 plungers) can plunge for a minimum of $180.00. All plungers will receive a towel and individuals and teams that raise more than the minimum donation will be eligible for t-shirts and hats. The team that raises the most money will be announced and receive medals. A costume contest will also be held with awards for the best costume, the oldest and youngest jumper, and the individual and team that raises the most money. The fun continues with WBTV News Anchor John Carter MC-ing the event. Sign up today at using the link below.
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Melanie Martin
Email: Melanie.Martin@clevelandcounty.com
Phone: 704-418-5846
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John H Moss Lake
2621 Oak Grove Rd

Shelby, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

feb 28, 2015
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Polar Plunge - Guilford County Sheriff's Office

Are you ready to be freezin' for a reason? Guilford County Sheriff's Office will be sponsoring a polar plunge to raise funds for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Not only can you jump in a pool of cold water, but Shrine Club Parade Cars will be there too! The cost to jump is $50.00. Use the link below to sign up today!
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Cindy Martin
Phone: 336-707-7834
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Wet'n Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park
3910 S Holden Rd

Greensboro, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

feb 28, 2015
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hickory Police Department Polar Plunge

Hickory Police Department will be hosting a Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics North Carolina on February 28, 2015 at the Whittenburg Public Wildlife Access. For $50.00 participants can plunge and receive a polar plunge towel. There will be DJ and MC along with refreshments. Use the link below to sign up today!
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Randy Isenhour
Email: risenhour@hickorync.gov
Phone:  828-217-5885
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Whittenburg Public Wildlife Access
Hickory, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

feb 28, 2015
12:30 PM - 2:30 AM

Chippewa Lake Polar Plunge

The Chippewa Lake (Mecosta/Osceola) Polar Plunge takes place February 28, 2015. Registration takes place 11:00 am at East Bay General Store. The Parade of Costumes and Plunge takes place at 12:30 pm at Chippewa Lake Public Access. The After Splash Bash takes place at 1:30 pm at the Chippewa Township Community Building. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
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Heather Fox
Email: fox1hm@cmich.edu
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Chippewa Lake Public Access
Chippewa Lake, Michigan
UNITED STATES

feb 28, 2015
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Alpena Polar Plunge

The Alpena Polar Plunge takes place February 28, 2015. Registration takes place at 12 pm with the Plunge starting at 1:15 pm. The After Splash Bash will follow the last plunger. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
For more information
Andrea Rachko
Email: rachk1am@cmich.edu
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The Parker House Restaurant
Alpena, Michigan
UNITED STATES

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

Tim's Rivershore Polar Plunge Fest

Where else can you brave the cool waters of the Potomac with 100+ fearless costume-clad friends – and support a good cause at the same time? On February 28th, hundreds will gather at Tim's Rivershore and, on our signal, bravely dash into the icy waters. Whether you just dip your ankles or take a minute to splash around, it's the coolest thing you'll do all year – not to mention you are creating more opportunities for our athletes to experience the life-changing benefits of participating in Special Olympics — all at no cost to themselves or their families.
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Ellen Head
Email: ehead@specialolympicsva.org
Phone: 703-359-4301
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Tim's Rivershore
Dumfries, Virginia
UNITED STATES

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

Fargo Polar Plunge

Raise money to support the athletes of Special Olympics North Dakota at the Fargo Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 28th. We want 2015 to be our biggest and best Polar Plunge year ever, and we need your help! The Polar Plunge is an annual fundraiser organized by North Dakota Law Enforcement as part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise awareness and fund to benefit Special Olympics North Dakota. Polar Plunges offer a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics North Dakota athletes by raising money and taking the plunge into frigid North Dakota waters. Plungers raise a minimum of $75 for the opportunity to take the plunge. Plunge Schedule: Registration: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Polar Plunge: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony and post plunge celebration will follow plunge. Have FUN! - form a team, create a fun name and crazy costumes with friends, co-workers, or classmates. No matter what, the Polar Plunge is all about Fun! For more information, please refer to the link or contact information below.
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Reid Huttunen
Email: developmentaldir@aol.com
Phone: 701-746-0031
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Ramada Plaza & Suites
1635 42nd St. S

Fargo, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

feb 28 - mar 1 2015

Special Olympics Connecticut Winter Games

You are invited to join us on February 28th through March 1st to cheer on our athletes and witness great displays of sportsmanship, teamwork and personal achievements in sports. Athletes will be competing in following sports at the following venues: Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding at Ski Sundown, New Hartford; Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing at Connecticut Light & Power, Simsbury; Figure Skating, Speed Skating at the International Skating Center of Connecticut, Simsbury; and Unified Sports® & Traditional Floor Hockey, Skills at the Pratt & Whitney Hangar, East Hartford. Winter Games competitions will kick-off with opening ceremonies at each venue that include the ceremonial lighting of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope, announcement of athletes, brief remarks, and the declaration of Special Olympics’ Athlete Oath. Events conclude with the presentation of awards. This event is open to public to attend at now cost. For more details please use the 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

feb 28, 2015
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

RVA Polar Plunge® Winter Fest

Come chill with us at the RVA Polar Plunge® Winter Fest, Feb. 28 in Richmond at Westhampton Field, 901 Maple Avenue (near Libbie/Patterson). This year, in addition to a fantastic list of incentive prizes, we’re offering custom bow ties, too! It's the coolest thing you'll do all year. Plus, when you brrrave an icy above-ground pool with your closest friends, you’re helping our athletes discover how cool it feels to be a Special Olympics champion. Come chill with us. All plungers must raise $50 to participate.
For more information
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Nicole Riedel
Email: nriedel@specialolympicsva.org
Phone: 804-726-3023
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Westhampton Field
901 Maple Ave.

Richmond, Virginia
UNITED STATES

feb 28, 2015
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Peel Region Polar Plunge Ontario

In partnership with the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run, Peel Regional Police will be hosting a Polar Plunge at The PRP Association to raise awareness and much needed funds for athletes and families of Special Olympics Ontario.
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The PRP Association
10675 Mississauga Road

Brampton, Ontario
CANADA

feb 28, 2015
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Project Unify Plunge

Students from both middle and high schools around the state will be jumping into the water at Goddard Park on February 28th to raise awareness and funds for Project UNIFY. Unified sports have implemented great changes in schools and promotes social inclusion among students and those in the community.
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Tracy Garabedian
Email: tracy@specialolympicsri.org
Phone: 401-349-4900
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Goddard Memorial State Park
1095 Ives Road

East Greenwich, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

feb 28, 2015
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

State Unified Basketball Finals

Approximately 450 athletes and 125 coaches/chaperones participate in the state unified basketball finals each year. Unified basketball teams consist of players both with and without intellectual disabilities. Unified Basketball Tournament Schedule (Subject to Change): Saturday, February 28, 2015. 8:00 a.m.: Coaches Meeting. 8:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremony. 9:00 a.m.: Competition Begins - WMU Student Recreation Center. 10:00 a.m.: Parents' Reception - WMU Student Recreation Center. 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch - WMU Bernhard Center. 3:00 p.m. (approximately): End of Competition WMU Student Recreation Center
For more information
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Nick Caudle
Email: caudl1n@cmich.edu
Phone: 616-583-1202
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Western Michigan University's Student Recreation Center
Kalamazoo, Michigan
UNITED STATES

feb 28, 2015
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sylvan Lake Polar Plunge

The Sylvan Lake Polar Plunge takes place February 28, 2015. Registration takes place at 11 am with the Plunge starting at 12 pm. The After Splash Bash will follow the last plunger. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
For more information
Andrea Rachko
Email: rachk1am@cmich.edu
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Sylvan Lake Community Center
Sylvan Lake, Michigan
UNITED STATES

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

RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest 2015

Come chill with us at the RVA Polar Plunge® Winter Fest, February 28th in Richmond, Virginia. This year, in addition to a fantastic list of incentive prizes, we’re offering custom bow ties, too! It's the coolest thing you'll do all year. Plus, when you brrrave an icy above-ground pool with your closest friends, you’rehelping our athletes discover how cool it feels to be a Special Olympics champion. Come chill with us. All plungers must raise $50 to participate.
For more information
More Details
Nicole Riedel
Email: nriedel@specialolympicsva.org
Phone: 804-726-3023
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Westhampton Field
901 Maple Avenue

Richmond, Virginia
UNITED STATES

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

Highlander Polar Plunge Celebration

Come chill with us at the Highlander Polar Plunge® Celebration, February 28th in the New River Valley at Bisset Park. This year, in addition to a fantastic list of incentive prizes, we’re offering custom bow ties, too! Go ankle deep or all in. Either way, when you brrrave the New River with your closest friends, you’re helping our athletes discover how cool it feels to be a Special Olympics champion. Come chill with us. All plungers must raise $50 to participate.
For more information
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Matt Camire
Email: mcamire@specialolympicsva.org
Phone: 540-951-2918
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Bisset Park
Radford, Virginia
UNITED STATES

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

Grand Forks Polar Plunge

Raise money to support the athletes of Special Olympics North Dakota at the Grand Forks Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 28th. We want 2015 to be our biggest and best Polar Plunge year ever, and we need your help! The Polar Plunge is an annual fundraiser organized by North Dakota Law Enforcement as part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise awareness and fund to benefit Special Olympics North Dakota. Polar Plunges offer a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics North Dakota athletes by raising money and taking the plunge into frigid North Dakota waters. Plungers raise a minimum of $75 for the opportunity to take the plunge. Polar Plunge Schedule: Registration: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Polar Plunge: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony and post plunge celebration will follow plunge. Have FUN! - form a team, create a fun name and crazy costumes with friends, co-workers, or classmates. No matter what, the Polar Plunge is all about Fun! For more information, please refer to link or contact information below.
For more information
More Details
Reid Huttunen
Email: developmentaldir@aol.com
Phone: 701-746-0031
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Choice Health & Fitness
4401 S 11th St

Grand Forks, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

mar 1, 2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The New 'R' Word is RESPECT Pledge Drive

Opportunity to PLEDGE, with music, films, information about local services, co-hosted by area colleges, schools, agencies and community groups.
For more information
Patricia Gooding
Email: levelgreen2010@gmail.com
Phone: 607-339-9472
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Center Ithaca
Ithaca, New York
UNITED STATES

mar 1, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Coaches Training - Summer Games

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

mar 1, 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Torch Run - Super Plunge

This year marks the 8th Annual Torch Run Plunge. This event typically hosts between 100-150 participants, many representing local and state police agencies as well as fire departments and public safety. Many athletes take the plunge with fellow friend, family and supporters, all of whom are there to support a great cause. This event features live music, a well-known "plunger costume" competition, and a fantastic after party! The Super Plunge is an effort to increase both awareness and fundraising for the Torch Run Plunge. The Super Plunge is exactly like the Torch Run Plunge, with only one small difference... Instead of plunging a single time, "Super Plungers" must plunge once PER HOUR for a 24 HOUR period. 5 MEN, 24 HOURS, 120 PLUNGES for 1 SUPER CAUSE!
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Tracy Garabedian
Email: Tracy@specialolympicsri.org
Phone: 401-349-4900
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Goddard Memorial State Park
1095 Ives Road

East Greenwich, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

mar 2, 2015
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Spread the Word to End the Word -Hartland/Lakeside School District

Students and Community will be able to sign a Banner and the on-line pledge as well as receive promotional items.
For more information
Julie Van Zeeland
Email: jvanzeeland@hartlake.org
Phone: 262-370-4908
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Hartland/Lakeside School District
800 E. North Shore Drive

Hartland, Wisconsin
UNITED STATES

mar 2 - 6 2015

Respect Week - Norton Public Schools

Each school in the district will participate in various activities regarding respect throughout the week. On March 4th, all students, staff, and families will be asked to pledge online to stop the use of the r-word.
For more information
Julie Smith
Email: juliesmith@norton.k12.ma.us
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Norton Public Schools
Norton, Massachusetts
UNITED STATES

mar 3 - 5 2015

R-word Campaign Week

In the first week of March, Special Olympics at UCLA is partnering with Best Buddies at UCLA to host the R-word Campaign, which aims to encourage Bruins to end their use of the R-word (retard or retarded) in their everyday speech. The campaign is a week-long series of events, with rallies on Bruin Plaza on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a professional panel on Thursday evening. We will be inviting Bruins to pledge to end the R-word by signing their name on our "Spread the word to End the word" banner, passing out pledge cards, wristbands and pens, and inviting speakers like Special Olympics Southern California President and CEO Bill Shumard to talk about how the r-word has affected their lives and how to end the stigma against people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
For more information
Tabitha Lin
Email: lin.tabitha@gmail.com
Phone: 562-964-5671
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Bruin Plaza
Bruin Plaza

Los Angeles, California
UNITED STATES

mar 3, 2015
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

March Mixer and Spread the Word to End the Word Event

You're invited to join The Arc Davidson County and Greater Nashville Junior Advisory Board (JAB) and Transit Now Nashville for a mixer and awareness event at Bar Louie - Nashville in The Gulch. Sign-In after arriving at Bar Louie and you will gain access to an additional hour of happy hour specials until 8pm. In addition, this event will include guest speakers and an opportunity to sign a pledge to stop the use of the "R" word 'retard(ed)'. For more information, check out Spread the Word to End the Word. Please RSVP to this event by Monday, March 2nd. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Tyler Lisowski
Email: tylerlisowski@gmail.com
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Bar Louie
314 11th Ave S

Nashville, Tennessee
UNITED STATES

mar 3, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Santa Barbara High School R-Word Rally

As a Project UNIFY school, Santa Barbara High School will host an R-Word Pledge Drive and Rally to gather support before the national day of awareness on March 4th. The signatures they collect during their rally will be displayed the following day on Wednesday, March 4th at the Santa Barbara Courthouse pledge drive hosted by Special Olympics Santa Barbara and other local organizations.
For more information
Michelle Duke
Email: mduke@sosc.org
Phone: 805-884-1516
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Santa Barbara High School
700 E Anapamu St Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Santa Barbara, California
UNITED STATES

mar 4, 2015
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Spread The Word To End The Word in Siouxland

Student Council Students and Special Olympics Athletes unify together to help end the use of the "R-Word" in the Siouxland area.
For more information
Dee Sturgeon
Email: sturged@live.siouxcityschools.com
Phone: 712-899-7108
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West Middle School
3301 W.19th

Sioux City , Iowa
UNITED STATES

mar 4, 2015
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM

R- Word Pledge Day

Join us on March 4th at Highland High School in Medina, Ohio as we spread the word to end the R-word.
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Highland High School
Medina, Ohio
UNITED STATES

mar 4, 2015

Dartmouth Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign

Dartmouth Special Education Parents Advisory Council wants you to help spread the word to end the word. The purpose of this online/ social media pledge event is to raise awareness of the derogatory use of the r-word (retard or retarded) and its negative effects on people with intellectual impairments, as well as the families and friends. However, this campaign is about more than just raising awareness of the R-word; it is also about changing the attitudes of segregation and hate, to attitudes of acceptance, inclusion, tolerance, understanding. Lets focus on a better r-word: RESPECT.
For more information
Kathleen Amaral
Email: amaral.kathleen@gmail.com
Phone: 508-207-3015
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Dartmouth Public Schools SEPAC/online Pledge Event
8 Bush Street

Dartmouth , MASSACHUSETTS
UNITED STATES

mar 4, 2015

Spread the Word to End the Word

St. Joseph Hill Academy Special Olympics Club will be hosting it's annual Spread the Word to End the Word pledge drive to promote acceptance, respect, inclusion, and friendship. Be a fan of RESPECT!!!
For more information
Amy Monahan
Email: amonahan@nyso.org
Phone: 212-661-5217
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St. Joseph Hill Academy
Staten Island, New York
UNITED STATES

mar 4, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Kick-Off Pledge Drive

Special Olympics Santa Barbara is hosting a Kick-Off Pledge Drive to begin our month of R-Word Awareness. The public is encouraged to visit the pledge drive to learn more about how to Spread the Word to End the Word in our local community. Participants will receive a delicious cookie for their support!
For more information
Michelle Duke
Email: mduke@sosc.org
Phone: 805-884-1516
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Santa Barbara County Courthouse
1100 Anacapa St Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Santa Barbara , California
UNITED STATES

mar 4, 2015
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Spread the R-word

We are spreading the new r-word which is respect because the other word, retard, is not a nice word to say to our special education students. Samuel Clemens High School will have a poster for people to sign and pledge to spread the word to end the r-word.
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Samuel Clemens High School
1001 Elbel Road

Schertz , Texas
UNITED STATES

mar 4, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Spread the Word to End the Word Pledge Signing

Fillmore High School's Project Unify Club will be holding a Spread the Word to End the Word pledge signing drive to promote acceptance, respect, inclusion, and friendship. Be a fan of RESPECT!!!! Lunchtime pledge signing and t-shirt sales will promote the new r-word: Respect.
For more information
Stacia Helmer
Email: shelmer@fillmore.k12.ca.us
Phone: 805-524-8444
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Fillmore HIgh School
555 Central Ave

Fillmore, California
UNITED STATES

mar 4, 2015
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Awareness Day

Bellows Free Academy and The Northwest Technical Center will hold a Spread the Word to End the Word campaign on March 4th. We will hand out posters throughout the school, have discussions about respect and inclusion in advisories and have a pledge poster available for students and staff to sign outside of the cafeteria during all lunches.
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Jim Naylor
Email: jnaylor@fcsuvt.org
Phone: 802-527-6516
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BFA and NWTC
71 South Main Street

St. Albans, Vermont
UNITED STATES

mar 4, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

R-Word Campaign

Northridge High School will host our annual R-word campaign on March 4th to spread the word to end the word!!
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Aimee Anderson
Email: aanderson@greeleyschools.org
Phone: 970-348-5297
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Northridge High School
7001 Grizzly Drive

Greeley, Colorado
UNITED STATES

mar 4, 2015
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Spread the Word to End the Word Open Mic Night

The State University of New York at Fredonia's Music Therapy Club will be hosting a Spread the Word to End the Word Open Mic Night. The event will take place at our Tim Horton's on campus and we will have a banner for students, faculty, and staff to sign pledging to stop the use of the r-word. We will be having performances from a few of our a'capella groups on campus, including Much More Chill and Some Like it Hot. We will also have representatives from other groups around campus explaining why this organization is important to them, including Voices for Autism, Council for Exceptional Children's Club, Fredonia for St. Jude, Operation Smile, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, Social Work Club, Women's Student Union, and Enactus.
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Tara O'Brien
Email: obrientara12@gmail.com
Phone: 845-826-1699
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Tim Hortons
280 Central Ave

Fredonia, New York
UNITED STATES

mar 4, 2015
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM

Spread the Word to End the Word Banner Signing

Our student body will sign a spread the word to end the word banner pledging not to use the r-word. In return for signing the pledge, people will get a sticker, button or bracelet.
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Cheryl Stark
Email: cstark@tvusd.k12.ca.us
Phone: 951-294-6638
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Gardner Middle School
45125 Via Del Coronado

Temecula, California
UNITED STATES

mar 4, 2015
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Spread the Word to End the Word Middle School Breakfast

This is an opportunity for our middle school students in Lowell School to take the pledge to end the word. We will also be seeing the trailer for the forthcoming r-Word film.
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Kimberly Palombo
Email: kpalombo@gmail.com
Phone: 609-335-2464
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Lowell School
1640 Kalmia Rd NW

Washington, District of Columbia
UNITED STATES

mar 4, 2015
9:30 AM - 1:30 AM

End the Word

Best Buddies at George Washington High School will be promoting Spread The Word to End The Word during each lunch period on March 4th. We will be passing out informational brochures, encouraging students to take the pledge, and more!
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Maura Escherich
Email: mescherich@cps.edu
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George Washington High School
Chicago, Illinois
UNITED STATES

mar 4, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

End The R-Word

Please help us to bring awareness to the public by joining us at the Uniontown Mall on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Public welcome.
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Brenda Fike
Email: brenda.fike@arcfayette.org
Phone: 724-438-9042
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Uniontown Mall
1368 Mall Run Road

Uniontown, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

mar 4, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

End the R-Word Day

Our Fossil Friends club at Fossil Ridge High School will be campaigning to end the R-Word on March 4th. Students will be recruiting their peers to sign the R-word banner and pledge to end the use of the R-word!
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Julie Chaplain
Email: jchaplain@psdschools.org
Phone: 970-488-6269
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Fossil Ridge High School
5400 Ziegler Road

Fort Collins, Colorado
UNITED STATES

mar 5, 2015
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Spread The Word

Support Solutions of Arkansas is committed to Spread the Word to End the Word and our offices will be open for anyone who would like to come in and take the pledge on March 4th 2015!
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Evelyn Lander
Email: elander@supportsolutionsms.com
Phone: 479-276-3788
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Support Solutions of Arkansas
2216 Dodson Ave

Fort Smith, Arkansas
UNITED STATES

mar 5, 2015
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Pledge Drive

Come one come all to pledge to end the R-Word! Let's get most of Westfield State to end the use of this word-the time is now!
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Westfield State University
Westfield, Massachusetts
UNITED STATES

mar 5, 2015
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Legislative Polar Plunge

The Legislative Polar Plunge takes place on March 5, 2015. Registration and the Plunge start at 3:00 pm. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
For more information
Kimberly Purdy
Email: purdy1kr@cmich.edu
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Capitol Steps
Lansing, Michigan
UNITED STATES

mar 6 - 7 2017

Montana Torch Run Kick-Off Conference & Awards Banquet

The Montana Torch Run Kick-Off Conference is designed to orient new officers and departments with the Torch Run program as well as inspire experienced officers already involved. It provides an opportunity for Torch Run volunteers to network, share and learn how to improve their local Torch Run programs, which contribute greatly to increasing public awareness and enhancing the lives of Special Olympics Montana athletes. The Awards Banquet will recognize sponsors and officers who have made a significant contribution to the Montana Torch Run.
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Terri Sappington
Email: tsappington@somt.org
Phone: (406) 216-5327
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Doubletree by Hilton
100 Madison St

Missoula, Montana
UNITED STATES

mar 6, 2015
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

#ONEMOREGOV Spread The Word to End The R-Word Campaign

At Farrington High School we will pledge to end the R-Word on March 6th!
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Evelyn Utai
Email: utai808@gmail.com
Phone: 808-321-2406
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Farrington High School
1564 N. School St.

Honolulu, Hawaii
UNITED STATES

mar 7, 2015
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The New 'R" Word is RESPECT!

Take the Pledge! Create posters for your schools, churches, or office. Tell your own stories for YouTube, videographers from Cornell Best Buddies. Skit by WeACT members, Unity House self-advocacy group. Make your own t-shirt. Information about services for developmentally disabled children, youth and adults. Films from Self-Advocacy Association of NYS, FUN!
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Patricia Gooding
Email: levelgreen2010@gmail.com
Phone: 607-339-9472
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Center Ithaca
171 East State Street

Ithaca, New York
UNITED STATES

mar 7, 2015
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sudbury Polar Plunge Ontario

In partnership with the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Greater Sudbury Police Service will be hosting a Polar Plunge at The Ramsey Lake Boat Launch to raise awareness and much needed funds for athletes and families of Special Olympics Ontario.
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Ramsey Lake Boat Launch
236 Ramsey Lake Rd.

Sudbury, Ontario
CANADA

mar 7, 2015

U.S. Eastern Speed Skating Competition

Want to experience speed skating competition in its purest form? Come to Richmond Ice Zone in N. Chesterfield, Virginia on March 7th to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the track. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Richmond Ice Zone
636 Johnston Willis Dr

N Chesterfield, Virginia
UNITED STATES

mar 7, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Special Olympics North Carolina West Basketball Tournament

Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination for a day basketball competition. This event will be held on March 7th at various locations throughout Charlotte, North Carolina. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Various Locations in Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

mar 7, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Big Bear Polar Plunge - Big Bear Lake

The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and anyone to support people with intellectual disabilities by running (or pretending to jump) into the chilly waters at Big Bear Lake. A few hundred people are expected to weather the cold and plunge into 36-degree waters on March 7, 2015 to support Special Olympics Inland Empire. Each participant who raises a minimum of $50 gets a long sleeve shirt, lunch, a goody bag, and can enjoy the festivities (either by taking the plunge or watching from the "Chicken Coop"). Raise more than $50, and you will have the opportunity to earn cool and fun prizes.
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Abbey Leffler
Email: aleffler@sosc.org
Phone: 951.703.6502
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Swim Beach
41218 Park Avenue

Big Bear Lake, California
UNITED STATES


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