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Press releases from Special Olympics headquarters and region offices.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fourth Edition of Doha GOALS Forum to be Held in Los Angeles

Doha GOALS Forum will partner with Special Olympics this year for a three-day summit and legacy program in Los Angeles, California from July 25-27, 2015.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Maria Menounos Named Global Ambassador by Special Olympics

Special Olympics announced today that author and television personality Maria Menounos of E! is joining the Special Olympics family as the movement's newest Global Ambassador.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Special Olympics Athletes Make Case of Impact and Need for Critical Funding on Capitol Hill

Special Olympics athletes held more than two hundred and fifty face-to-face meetings with their Congressional representatives in Washington, D.C. during Special Olympics' 12th annual "Capitol Hill Day" to advocate for continued federal support for critical health and education services provided by Special Olympics.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tim Shriver to Meet with Maryland Senator to Urge Passage of Legislation to Establish the Ethan Saylor Center for Self-Advocates

Tim Shriver, Chair of the Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and long- time Montgomery County resident, will meet with Senator Brian Feldman (D-Montgomery County) and Senate President Mike Miller on Thursday March 19, 2015 to discuss the pioneering legislation to establish the Ethan Saylor Center for Self-Advocates as Educators.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DocuSign Enters into Sponsorship Agreement with Special Olympics

DocuSign announced a new sponsorship with Special Olympics in which DocuSign will provide support to make many of the nonprofit’s processes digital to help minimize the paperwork required of Special Olympics athletes.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Engel & Völkers Announces Three-Year Sponsorship of Special Olympics

International real estate firm’s sponsorship to benefit the Special Olympics #PlayUnified Campaign.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

KOICA and Special Olympics Sign an Agreement for Cooperation

The agreement formalizes the intention of both organizations to collaborate to empower the population of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through development-through-sport initiatives supporting the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in the developing world.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

LA84 Foundation Pledges Support of 2015 Special Olympics World Games

Southern California’s leading supporter of youth sports awards $250,000 to Special Olympics World Games. Local Olympians and Paralympians pledge support of World Games athletes.

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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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Jean Vanier, a prophet of humility and simplicity, wins!

Today, the Templeton Foundation gave its most prestigious award to my hero, Jean Vanier.  For Linda and our children and me, he has also been our retreat leader, our teacher of humility, our guide. 

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