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Special Olympics Unified Sports is fun and action for teams of people with and without intellectual disabilities. 
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Let's Play Unified!

Change Doesn't Happen From the Sidelines: Campaign to create the first Unified Generation that will fight inactivity, intolerance and injustice LEARN MORE ››


Rembering a One of a Kind Leader: Bobby Dyle of Arkansas

The Special Olympics family lost one of its pioneers and most unique leaders this past week, Bobby Doyle. He served as CEO of Special Olympics Arkansas for forty years and was a hero to Arkansas’ citizens with intellectual disabilities, advocating for those most often disenfranchised from society. Read More ››

How I Became a Marathon Runner

I was told that I can't do that because of my asthma and my disabilities I wouldn't survive. When I was 16 I started competing in track and field in Special Olympics in high school. Special Olympics Pennsylvania taught me to believe in myself. Read More ››

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MicrosoftRevolutionizing information systems that power our games.
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Events Around the WorldGo to the Worldwide Calendar

Unified Flag Football Tournament
Unified Flag Football Tournament

Special Olympics Florida Unified Flag Football teams will compete in the NIRSA Championship Series at the University of Florida.

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El Tour de Tucson
Special Olympics: El Tour de Tucson

Join us on November 22nd and register for one of the largest amateur bicycling events in Arizona benefiting Special Olympics.

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Nippon National Games
Nippon National Games

Athletes in Japan will compete in 3 days of competition in 12 sports during the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games. 

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Upcoming Events Around the World


Date

Event

Location

Dec 1, 2014
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Basketball Tournament

The White Oak Panthers will take on the Loudoun County Blazers in their second match-up this season. The Blazers defeated the Panthers in both games at their first tournament, so the Panthers will be looking for a chance to even the score. The Blazers bring an experienced core of tallish middle schoolers to bear, while the Panthers have an equally experienced and scrappy defense-heavy team. Come cheer for both teams!
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Will Schermerhorn
Email: wschermerhorn@specialolympics.org
Phone: 7033381776
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White Oaks Elementary School
1916 Oak Place Court

Vienna, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Dec 1 - 8 2014

South Africa Summer Games

One of our top Coaching Excellence goals calls for ongoing coaches’ education; this includes partnering with sports organizations to provide the highest and most up-to-date level of coaching knowledge. Coaching Excellence education helps our coaches better recognize each athlete’s potential. It also comes into play as we increase training and competition opportunities so that each athlete can reach -- or exceed -- their personal best.
For more information
Will Schermerhorn
Email: wschermerhorn@specialolympics.org
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Father O'Riley's Catholic School
1916 Aubrey Place Court

Vienna, Virginia
SOUTH AFRICA

Dec 10, 2014
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Area 2 Torch Run

A polar plunge is a great way to raise money for Special Olympics. The way it works is this: someone decides to do the plunge, and they get people they know to sponsor them. On the day of the polar plunge, they go jump in cold water, shiver a lot, and then report back that they have done it. Fundraising ensues.
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Benzie High School
123 Benzie Boulevard

Benzie, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jun 1 - 1 2018

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Dover River City Hall
3423 Water ave.

Dover, Delaware
UNITED STATES

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Special Olympics Blog

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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