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Press releases from Special Olympics headquarters and region offices.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

2015 Special Olympics World Games Announce Host Town Delegations

Communities across Southern California ready to welcome 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from around the globe for three days of local hospitality and cultural experiences before Opening Ceremony.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Special Olympics and Best Buddies Celebrate 7th Annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day on March 4th

Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and supporters from around the world will unite today on the seventh annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day to continue building awareness for society to stop and think about its use of the R-word and rally people around the world to pledge respect toward all individuals, making the world a more accepting and inclusive place for all people, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

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Friday, February 27, 2015

WWE Superstars for Hope to Benefit Special Olympics

WWE Superstars for Hope to Benefit Special Olympics

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

12 New International Global Messengers Selected

Twelve Special Olympics athletes have been selected to serve as a Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger (IGM) for the next four years.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Team East Wins 58-56 in Fourth Annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports® Basketball Game at NBA All-Star 2015

During the 2015 NBA All-Star weekend in New York, twelve Special Olympics athletes teamed up with NBA legends and WNBA players in a Unified Sports NBA Cares basketball game.

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Fourth Annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports® Basketball Game to Take Place at the World's Most Famous Arena for the First Time

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Special Olympics today announced that the fourth annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports® Basketball Game will be held at Madison Square Garden for the first time.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Toys“R”Us® Announces Expansion of Partnership with Special Olympics to Help Children of All Abilities Experience #MyFirstSportsMoment

Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund provides $1.25 Million Grant in support of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The company pledges additional $500,000 grant to aid in global growth of the Special Olympics Young Athletes™ program. U.S. shoppers can help children enjoy the thrill of #MyFirstSportsMoment through an in-store giving campaign beginning Saturday, January 31.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cleveland Browns Star Joe Haden Named Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Haden to showcase Special Olympics Unified Sports leading up to this year's big game in Arizona.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Special Olympics to Unite the USA with the First-ever Unified Relay Across America Presented by Bank of America

Hitting every state over 46 days, the relay will involve thousands carrying the Flame of Hope and lighting the way to a future of inclusion and respect for people with intellectual disabilities. ESPN and ABC will showcase the story of this historic relay leading up to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Avril Lavigne Will Support Special Olympics World Summer Games with New Song “Fly”

Avril Lavigne has announced that she has written a song called “Fly” for The Avril Lavigne Foundation to support Special Olympics.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Special Olympics and Kaiser Permanente Announce 2015 Rose Parade® Float

Kaiser Permanente will dedicate their 2015 Rose Parade® float entry to the 7,000 Special Olympics international athletes who will take part in the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

A Future of Inclusive Health for Everyone: International Leaders Convene at UNICEF

International leaders in disability and global health convene at UNICEF's headquarters to drive a global agenda for creating a world of inclusive health for everyone – including people with disabilities.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

FiveCurrents to Produce Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 Ceremonies

FiveCurrents named executive producer of the Ceremonies for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Special Olympics USA Team Named

Special Olympics Team USA is proud to announce that it will send a 491 member delegation to represent the United States at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, being held July 25-August 2, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Special Olympics Partners with iMyne for Holiday Shopping with Automatic Donations and Cash Back

iMyne will help reach more athletes this holiday season with new web-based platform that helps supporters fundraise for Special Olympics.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Special Olympics Narrows Health Gap Faced by People with Intellectual Disabilities

Thousands of people with intellectual disabilities in nine countries have received free health care through the Healthy Communities initiative. The global campaign was announced expand to 100 Healthy Communities by 2025.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Special Olympics Launches Global Just Dance® Challenge to Raise Funds and Awareness While Engaging Video Game Fans

Special Olympics launches global Just Dance® Challenge engaging video fans everywhere with popular musicians Maroon 5, Nicole Scherzinger, Jessie J and Charli XCX lending their support.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Japanese Football Legend Hidetoshi Nakata Named Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Special Olympics announced today that Hidetoshi Nakata, a Japanese football legend who is considered one of the most famous Asian footballers of his generation, now joins the Special Olympics family as the movement’s latest addition to the Global Ambassadors.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Special Olympics and Nielsen Announce Strategic Alliance

Nielsen will help measure and provide a deeper understanding of the population of adults with intellectual disabilities as a key demographic.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Special Olympics Plans to Engage Video Game Industry to Drive Message of Inclusion and Acceptance

Force Multiply Gaming will assist Special Olympics in inspiring social good on global scale.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Signing Confirms Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 in Austria

At the 15th of October there was an important milestone in the planning process for staging of the World Winter Games 2017 in Austria: Special Olympics International with CEO Janet Froetscher and the Games Organizing Committee signed the official agreement for the world Winter Games 2017.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Maryland Police Training Commission Adopts Training Objectives for Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disabilities

The Maryland Police Training Commission will develop a statewide training curriculum for new officers that will include training on working with people in the community who have intellectual disabilities.

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Maria Shriver to Executive Produce 30 for 30 Short in 2015 with ESPN Films

The film will focus on her mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her creation of the Special Olympics.

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Special Olympics Athletes Receive Free Eye Care on World Sight Day

The Alcon Foundation and Industry Partners Celebrate World Sight Day Through Opening Eyes Program For Special Olympics Texas Athletes.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 Announces “Official World Games Headquarters” in Downtown Los Angeles

Special Olympics World Games Announces Official Headquarters in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, just minutes away from many of the venues for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Egyptian President Appoints Ayman Wahab to Highest Advisory Panel

Egyptian President appoints Ayman Wahab to highest advisory panel. Read More Social Egyptian President Appoints Ayman Wahab to Highest Advisory Panel The president of Egypt has named Special Olympics’ Regional President Ayman Wahab to his presidential advisory board on community developme

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Red Robin® Teams Up with Law Enforcement for Ninth Annual Tip-A-Cop Fundraiser to Benefit Special Olympics

Uniformed officers to wait tables at participating Red Robin restaurants nationwide.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Special Olympics Announces Michael Meenan as Chief Financial Officer

Special Olympics announces the appointment of Michael Meenan as its new Chief Financial Officer.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Special Olympics Launches New Global "Play Unified" Youth Campaign to Champion Social Equality

The Play Unified Youth Campaign will create the first unified generation that will fight inactivity, intolerance and injustice.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics® Hits Significant Milestone: Raising $500 Million for Special Olympics During 33-year History

In 2013, dedicated law enforcement volunteers raised over US$50.3 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and this week announced an extremely significant milestone: surpassing $500 million raised since the inception of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

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Sport and Tech Team Up for Good

Now, thanks to Microsoft, athletes, coaches and families will have rapid access to useful information about their scores, times, personal bests, fitness and health. Special Olympics can use this capability to dramatically improve the lives of people in our Movement.read more »

Posted on 2014-10-27 by Janet

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