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Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.

Latest News and Press Releases

Only One Year To Go Until the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 in Austria!

March 14, 2016

In exactly one year from today, more than 3,000 athletes from more than 100 nations will travel to Austria to compete in the Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Al Roker and Dylan Dreyer from NBC’s TODAY Show To Take Polar Plunge® for Special Olympics in Chicago on March 6th

March 04, 2016

Special Olympics announced today that Al Roker, weekday weather anchor, and Dylan Dreyer, weekend weather anchor, from NBC's TODAY Show are jumping into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan and "freezing for a reason" - to help raise awareness for Special Olympics!

Special Olympics and Best Buddies International Celebrate 8th Annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day

March 02, 2016

Special Olympics, Best Buddies International, and supporters from around the world will unite today on the eighth 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 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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Christy Weir
Director, Global Media and Public Relations
+1 202 824-0307
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Social Media
Ryan Eades
Director, Digital & Social Engagement
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Twitter: @ryan2499
Health Programs
Lynn Erickson
Manager, Health Communications
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Events Around the World

  • May
    01
    Event 8
    May 01, 2016
    11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Washington
    Ohio
    Event 8

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    Contact: Rafael Pacheco
    Email: pacheco1128@gmail.com
    Phone: 2162241946

    May 01, 2016
    11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Venue
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    Washington, Ohio
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    28
    Event 9
    May 28, 2016
    1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Washington
    Ohio
    Event 9

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    May 28, 2016
    1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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    Washington, Ohio
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    01
    DK Test
    Jun 01, 2016
    06:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    NYC
    New York
    DK Test

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    Contact: DWilson
    Email: dwilson@1over0.com
    Phone: 4232321224

    Jun 01, 2016
    06:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Javits Center
    900 West 38th Street
    NYC, New York
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    01
    Event 10
    Jun 01, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016
     
    Washington
    ARMENIA
    Event 10

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    Contact: Rafael Pacheco
    Email: pacheco1128@gmail.com
    Phone: 2162241946

    Jun 01, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016
     
    Venue
    Address Here
    Washington, Ohio
    ARMENIA
  • Jun
    07
    Athletes Like Audrey
    Jun 07, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Grand Rapids
    Michigan
    Athletes Like Audrey

    The premier fundraising event for the Special Olympics Michigan State Basketball Finals is the "Athletes Like Audrey" luncheon held each spring. It honors Mike and Sue Jandernoa's granddaughter Audrey Jandernoa and other children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This year's event will be held on Tuesday, June 7 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel's Pantlind Ballroom from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 for eight tickets plus a table sponsorship. For information and to purchase tickets, call Krista Paulin at (616) 583-1202 ext. 104. For gift planning or to make a gift, please contact Alison Miller at (989) 621-5580 or alison.miller@somi.org or you may send your gifts to Special Olympics Michigan - 1239 76th Street SW, Suite E., Byron Center, Michigan 49315.

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    Contact: Krista Paulin
    Email: KCPaulin@somi.org
    Phone: 616-583-1202 ext. 10

    Jun 07, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    20
    Event 11
    Jun 20, 2016 - Jun 22, 2016
     
    Washington
    AUSTRALIA
    Event 11

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    Jun 20, 2016 - Jun 22, 2016
     
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    Washington, Ohio
    AUSTRALIA
  • Jul
    01
    DK Test
    Jul 01, 2016
    06:30 AM - 07:30 PM
    Bloemfontein
    SOUTH AFRICA
    DK Test

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    Contact: DWilson
    Email: dwilson@1over0.com
    Phone: 4232321224

    Jul 01, 2016
    06:30 AM - 07:30 PM
    Free State Stadium
    Att Horak St
    Bloemfontein, South Africa
    SOUTH AFRICA
  • Aug
    01
    Virginia Summer Games
    Aug 01, 2016 - Aug 07, 2016
     
    Vienna
    Virginia
    Virginia Summer Games

    Special Olympics Lebanon Summer Games carried out a unified young athletes sports day on March 17 where 120 youngsters aged from 3-7 partook in the event from different association and clubs. The Sports day included various fun activities and 8 different stations for the young athletes to explore their skills. Check out the latest video for the unified young athletes demonstration!

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    Contact: William R Schermerhorn
    Email: will.schermerhorn@gmail.com
    Phone: 7033381776

    Aug 01, 2016 - Aug 07, 2016
     
    University Of Richmond Facilities
    2750 Gallows Road #315
    Vienna, Virginia
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    01
    Polar Plunge
    Sep 01, 2016
    12:00 AM
    London
    UNITED KINGDOM
    Polar Plunge

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    Contact: DWilson
    Email: dwilson@1over0.com
    Phone: 3232321111

    Sep 01, 2016
    12:00 AM
    Emirates Stadium
    33Hornsey Rd, London N7 7AJ
    London, Great Britain
    UNITED KINGDOM
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