Press Releases

Press releases from Special Olympics headquarters and region offices.

Monday, July 28, 2014

White House to Host Special Olympics Celebration for A Unified Generation

The White House has announced that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host "A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation" at the White House on the evening of Thursday 31 July.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Lions Clubs Malaysia Announces Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation with Special Olympics Asia Pacific

The Memorandum of Understanding signed by Lions Clubs of District 308 B1 Malaysia will support the inclusion and well-being of people with intellectual disabilities in FT Kuala Lumpur and states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Melaka, Pahang, Johor and Negeri Sembilan.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Special Olympics Boosts US-China Public Diplomacy

Launch of Special Olympics Project UNIFY ® to support people-to-people exchanges announced by the US State Department at 5th Round of the US−China Consultation on People to People Exchange.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Toyota Named Official Partner of the 2015 Special Olympics Summer Games

Toyota today announced its partnership with the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) at an event that also debuted the first gathering of the World Games Global Messengers.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Knights of Columbus Pledges $1.4 Million for Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles

The Knights of Columbus will formally announce a donation to cover the costs of athletes from the United States and Canada during their time in Los Angeles as they participate in next year’s Special Olympics World Games.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Special Olympics Announces Additions to International Board of Directors

The Special Olympics International Board of Directors has re-elected Harvard Law School Professor William 'Bill' Alford and elected Glenn S. Lyon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Finish Line, Inc. to serve on the Board. Both Alford and Lyon will begin their terms on 1 January 2015. Peter Mazunda, Managing Director for Xtra Solutions Communications Group, also joins the Board as the Africa representative to the International Advisory Committee.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Burson-Marsteller Named Special Olympics International’s Agency of Record

Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, today announced that it has been named agency of record for Special Olympics International. This pro-bono engagement will be led by the firm's sports marketing specialty group, The Fan Experience.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Signs Historic Legislation Encouraging Special Olympics Unified Sports Programming in all School Districts

Special Olympics made history when the State of New Jersey Senate Education Committee passed legislation that school districts must make an effort to ensure that students with disabilities have opportunities to participate in sports equal to those of other students through Special Olympics Unified Sports® programs.

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Monday, June 09, 2014

Special Olympics announces Kelli Seely as Chief Development Officer

Special Olympics International recently announced Kelli Seely as its new Chief Development Officer.

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Friday, June 06, 2014

Lucy Meyer, Youth Advocate for Children with Disabilities, to Represent UNICEF and Special Olympics at Global Forums

Lucy Meyer, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's Spokesperson for Children with Disabilities, is expanding her role as an advocate for some of the world's most vulnerable children.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Perimeter Bicycling Announces Special Olympics as El Tour de Tucson Title Sponsor for the Next Three Years

Perimeter Bicycling Association of America recently reached agreement with Special Olympics on a three-year title sponsorship package.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

ESPN Will Broadcast the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015

ESPN announces that they will be the Official Broadcaster of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. This Global Programming Partnership will leverage ESPN’s hundreds of millions of fans worldwide to promote acceptance and inclusion.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

International Sports Press Association becomes Global Impact Partner for Special Olympics

Special Olympics International and the International Sports Press Association (Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive - AIPS) today announced a strategic partnership that will leverage the power of sports and media collectively to build awareness and promote inclusion, respect and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Southern California Cities to Open Doors as “Host Towns” for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)

Before the Special Olympics World Games begin on July 25, 2015, 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to Southern California with a three-day “Host Town” program from July 21 - 24.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Special Olympics and Best Buddies Celebrate 6th Annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day on March 5th

Social Special Olympics and Best Buddies Celebrate 6th Annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day on March 5th Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and supporters from around the world will unite today on the sixth Spread the Word to End the Word® day to continue building awareness for society to

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Special Olympics and Best Buddies Celebrate 6th Annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day on March 5th

Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and supporters from around the world will unite today on the sixth 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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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Team East Wins Third-Annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports® Basketball Game at NBA All-Star 2014

On Sunday afternoon, Special Olympics athletes from across the world showed a cheering crowd at NBA All-Star Jam Session the unifying power of sport.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Unemployment of People with Intellectual Disabilities More than Twice as High as General Population

A new survey shows that unemployment among people with intellectual disabilities is more than twice as high as for the general population.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

African Leadership Alliance on Intellectual Disabilities Announced by President Banda at African Leaders Forum

Her Excellency President Joyce Banda of the Republic of Malawi announced the African Leadership Alliance on Intellectual Disabilities to engage African governments, disability, development and health organizations and other stakeholders to secure human rights and social services for people with intellectual disabilities, one of the most marginalized and overlooked groups on the planet.

 

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Monday, February 10, 2014

NBA and Special Olympics Team up for Unified Sports Basketball Game

As part of NBA All-Star 2014, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Special Olympics today announced the third annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports® Basketball Game.

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Friday, February 07, 2014

Elena Delle Donne Named Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Special Olympics announced today that Elena Delle Donne, professional basketball player with the WNBA’s Chicago Sky and 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year, now joins the Special Olympics family as the movement’s newest addition to the Global Ambassadors.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

African Leaders Forum on Disability To Be Held in Malawi on February 9−11

Special Olympics and Her Excellency President Joyce Banda of the Republic of Malawi are convening an African Leaders Forum on Disability to challenge the gross inequality and exclusion and the lower access to health, education, and employment faced by people with disabilities, especially those with intellectual disabilities.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Hannah Teter Named Special Olympics Global Ambassador and Leads Aspen Unified Dual Slalom Race

Special Olympics announced today that Pro snowboarder and world-champion athlete Hannah Teter now joins the Special Olympics family as the movement’s newest Global Ambassador.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

First-Ever Special Olympics Unified Football Cup Announced Malaysia Wins Bid To Host Historical Event

Special Olympics announced today the first-ever Special Olympics Unified Football Cup to be held in Malaysia from 29th October to 10th November 2014.

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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games Officially Opens In Australia with Star-Studded Opening Ceromony

Over 2,500 Special Olympics athletes, their coaches and support teams from 29 Asia Pacific and East Asia nations marched proudly into Hunter Stadium to officially open the first Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Tommie Copper Launches “From Copper to Gold” with the Formation of a New Partnership with Special Olympics

Tommie Copper, the originator of copper-infused compression and performance apparel, is excited to announce a new partnership with Special Olympics. Special Olympics gives children and adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to experience the power and joy of sport, through athletic training and competition, all while creating a more inclusive world for everyone.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Special Olympics Announces Additions to International Board of Directors: Harvard University and Boston Red Sox Host Board Members

Special Olympics International Board of Directors meeting held in Boston, Massachusetts concluded on November 12 focusing discussions around the future of the Special Olympics Unified Sports® program and how it will transform the Special Olympics movement, with the goal of creating social inclusion through sports.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics® Bestows Awards, Celebrates Raising $46.3 Million for Special Olympics

Law enforcement officers around the world go above and beyond the call of duty year-round in support of Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR). In the last year alone, the LETR raised more than $46.3 million for Special Olympics.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Special Olympics and Catholic Relief Services Begin New Partnership Together

Catholic Relief Services and Special Olympics International have joined forces to help people with intellectual disabilities in developing countries gain access to services and interventions that will help them thrive.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

A Very Special Christmas: Icon Benefiting Special Olympics Out October 15

Josh Groban, John Lennon and Yoko Ono/ The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir, Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart & Wham! appear for the first time on the acclaimed Christmas series. O Holy Night, a new recording from superstar Nicole Scherzinger, produced by David Foster, available on international version and digitally in U.S.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Special Olympics Names Janet Froetscher New Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Timothy P. Shriver Continues as Chairman

Special Olympics announced today, after conducting an international search, the appointment of Janet Froetscher as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the growing global movement that is every day  using sports, health, education and community building programming to combat inactivity, injustice, intolerance and isolation of people with intellectual disabilities around the world. Special Olympics is the daily life changing force for people with intellectual disabilities.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Yang Yang (A) Named Special Olympics Global Ambassador

Special Olympics announced today that Yang Yang (A) of China, a member of the International Olympic Committee and China’s first winter sports Olympic gold medalist, now joins the Special Olympics family as the movement’s latest addition to the Global Ambassadors. Yang Yang will support Special Olympics’ efforts in promoting acceptance, inclusion, respect, and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

President Joyce Banda Announces Convening of First-Ever “African Leaders Forum on Intellectual Disability” in Malawi in February 2014

Her Excellency President Joyce Banda of the Republic of Malawi, a vocal champion of the rights and protections of those with intellectual disabilities, announced today that she will host the first-ever African Leaders Forum on Intellectual Disability in partnership with Special Olympics in February 2014 in Lilongwe, Malawi.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Governor O’Malley Forms Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Governor Martin O'Malley today issued an Executive Order to improve training to help law enforcement personnel, paramedics, and other first responders better respond to situations involving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities ("IDD"). The Executive Order creates the Maryland Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (the "Commission").

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Friday, September 06, 2013

The Walt Disney Company and ESPN Team Up with Special Olympics for Global Initiative to Promote Social Inclusion and Acceptance through Sports

The Walt Disney Company, ESPN and Special Olympics today announced a two-year global initiative that will leverage the power of sports to promote an environment of social inclusion and acceptance, by uniting people with and without intellectual disabilities through the Special Olympics Unified Sports program.

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Friday, August 09, 2013

Special Olympics Appoints Y&R as Its First Global Agency of Record

Special Olympics' new global, integrated campaign, scheduled to launch early next year, will include TV, print, digital, social media, youth activation and leadership, fundraising efforts and large global events. Y&R will be the global agency of record for the campaign.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

US President and First Lady to Serve as Honorary Chairs of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announces President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will serve as Honorary Chairs of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Special Olympics Unified Sports® Celebrity Match a Fitting Tribute to Nelson Mandela

The Special Olympics Unified Sports® Celebrity football match took place in Pretoria, South Africa as an exhibition for the Nelson Mandela Invitational. English Premier League football club, Manchester City participated in the Invitational to help kick-off celebrations in the lead-up to the 95th birthday of former President Mandela.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Special Olympics and the IFRC Join Forces to Fight for Rights of People with Intellectual Disabilities

The IFRC and Special Olympics hope to empower children and adults with intellectual disabilities most at risk in developing nations through community-based activities in the areas of youth activation, health and advocacy.

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Lions Clubs International Announces Historic Expansion of Partnership with Special Olympics

Lions Clubs International Foundation is pledging $7.8 million to Special Olympics, expanding worldwide efforts to support the inclusion and well-being of people with intellectual disabilities.

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Serbian Volleyball Star Vladimir ‘Vanja’ Grbić Joins Special Olympics as Volleyball Ambassador

Legendary volleyball star Vladimir 'Vanja' Grbić has joined Special Olympics as Volleyball Ambassador. In this role Grbić will build on his already established reputation as one of the world's greatest volleyball players to help spread the Special Olympics message of acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities across the world.

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Monday, June 03, 2013

Lovin’ Scoopful Announces Winners of Third Annual Lovin' Award

Lovin' Scoopful, a premium ice cream company founded by Maria Shriver, Tim Shriver and partners to benefit nonprofits that support those with intellectual challenges, proudly announces the winners of its 3rd annual Lovin' Award.

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Chairman & CEO Timothy Shriver Addresses UNESCO World-Sport-Ministers Conference

Special Olympics Chairman & CEO Timothy Shriver provided a keynote address at this week's 5th UNESCO World-Sport-Ministers Conference (MINEPS V). One goal of the conference was to establish the 'Declaration of Berlin', which, as one of three key areas, also included Sport as a Fundamental Right for All. Shriver shared the impact the Special Olympics Movement is having throughout the world, especially in developing nations.

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