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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

Steve Nash, Yao Ming, Andre Drummond, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker Named Honorary Coaches for Fifth Annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game at NBA All-Star 2016

2016-02-09

This year’s demonstration game will feature 12 Special Olympics athletes from around the world playing alongside NBA legends and WNBA legends/players.

Safilo Announces New Three-Year Commitment to Special Olympics at Its Global Leadership Meeting

2016-02-02

Safilo renews its support of Special Olympics with the donation of over 160,000 spectacles and sunglasses per year up to 2018 for the athletes of Special Olympics.

Top Snowboarders Defend Gold at Unified Race at X Games in Aspen

2016-01-29

Snowboarders Henry Meece of Special Olympics Oregon and U.S. Olympian Chris Klug captured the gold at the second Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Race at X Games in Aspen Thursday. 

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Events Around the World

  • Feb
    20
    Southeast Regional Basketball Tournament
    Feb 20, 2016
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Waterford Twp.
    Michigan
    Southeast Regional Basketball Tournament

    Want to experience basketball competition in its purest form? Come to Waterford Mott High School in Waterford Twp., Michigan on February 20th to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the playing field. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

    For more information
    Contact: Rick Brady
    Email: brady1rp@cmich.edu
    Phone: 248-688-9603

    Feb 20, 2016
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Waterford Mott High School
    1151 Scott Lake Rd
    Waterford Twp., Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    20
    Law Enforcement Polar Bear Plunge, Seaside
    Feb 20, 2016
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Seaside Heights
    New Jersey
    Law Enforcement Polar Bear Plunge, Seaside

    Are you ready to get freezin' for a reason? The Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside is our biggest Plunge of the year. Last year's Plunge at Seaside saw nearly 6,000 Plungers dip themselves into the icy Atlantic! Want to join the fun and make a difference for more than 25,000 athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey? Visit the website to register or donate. See you there!

    For more information
    More Details
    Email: letr@sonj.org

    Feb 20, 2016
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Beachfront between Sumner and Blaine Ave.
    Seaside Heights, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    25
    Area 7 Basketball Tournament
    Feb 25, 2016
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    West Columbia
    South Carolina
    Area 7 Basketball Tournament

    Join us February 25th at Airport High School in West Columbia, South Carolina as schools from Lexington School Districts 1-5 and Richland 2 will come together to compete in individual skills, team skills, 3x3 traditional and Unified, and 5x5 traditional and Unified basketball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports.

    For more information

    Feb 25, 2016
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Airport High School
    1315 Boston Ave
    West Columbia, South Carolina
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    27
    2016 Santa Barbara Polar Plunge
    Feb 27, 2016
    9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Santa Barbara
    California
    2016 Santa Barbara Polar Plunge

    Run, walk, or dance into the chilly waters of Leadbetter Beach on Saturday, February 27 to raise funds for Special Olympics Santa Barbara. For just a minimum of $50, you can participate in the coolest event of 2016 - the Polar Plunge.

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    Contact: Gina Carbajal
    Email: gcarbajal@sosc.org
    Phone: 805.884.1516 x103

    Feb 27, 2016
    9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Leadbetter Beach
    Shoreline Drive & Loma Alta Drive
    Santa Barbara, California
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    27
    2016 Los Angeles Polar Plunge
    Feb 27, 2016
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Marina del Rey
    California
    2016 Los Angeles Polar Plunge

    Run, walk, or dance into the chilly waters of Marina Del Rey on Saturday, February 27 to raise funds for Special Olympics Southern California. For just a minimum of $50, you can participate in the coolest event of 2016 - the Polar Plunge.

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    Contact: Brandon Tanner
    Email: btanner@sosc.org
    Phone: 562.502.1041

    Feb 27, 2016
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Mother's Beach
    4101 Admiralty Way
    Marina del Rey, California
    UNITED STATES
  • Mar
    01
    Event 3
    Mar 01, 2016
    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Washington
    AFGHANISTAN
    Event 3

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

    Mar 01, 2016
    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Venue
    Address Here
    Washington, Ohio
    AFGHANISTAN
  • Mar
    01
    Event 4
    Mar 01, 2016 - Mar 05, 2016
     
    Washington
    BENIN
    Event 4

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

    Mar 01, 2016 - Mar 05, 2016
     
    Venue
    Address Here
    Washington, Ohio
    BENIN
  • Mar
    05
    2016 Big Bear Polar Plunge
    Mar 05, 2016
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Big Bear Lake
    California
    2016 Big Bear Polar Plunge

    Run, walk, or dance into the chilly waters of Big Bear Lake on Saturday, March 5 to raise funds for Special Olympics Inland Empire. For just a minimum of $50, you can participate in the coolest event of 2016 - the Polar Plunge.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Abbey Leffler
    Email: aleffler@sosc.org
    Phone: 951.703.6502

    Mar 05, 2016
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Big Bear Lake
    Big Bear Lake, California
    UNITED STATES
  • Mar
    06
    Event 5
    Mar 06, 2016 - Mar 10, 2016
     
    Washington
    ARGENTINA
    Event 5

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

    Mar 06, 2016 - Mar 10, 2016
     
    Venue
    Address Here
    Washington, Ohio
    ARGENTINA
  • Mar
    14
    2017 World Winter Games - Austria
    Mar 14, 2016 - Mar 25, 2016
     
    Graz and Schladming
    AUSTRIA
    2017 World Winter Games - Austria

    The world’s largest sports and humanitarian event in 2017 will be the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Graz and Schladming, Austria. Austria will welcome almost 3,000 Special Olympics athletes from 110 nations to compete in nine Olympic-type winter sports.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: World Winter Games 2017
    Email: info@austria2017.org
    Phone: +43 (0) 3687 233 58

    Mar 14, 2016 - Mar 25, 2016
     
    Various Venues
    Graz and Schladming
    AUSTRIA
  • Mar
    16
    Aquatics Competition
    Mar 16, 2016
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Gaffney
    South Carolina
    Aquatics Competition

    Join us on March 16th at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina as our athletes compete and show their skill in aquatics competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below. (Inclement weather date is March 18.)

    For more information
    Contact: Paula White
    Email: pgwhite@spart7.com

    Mar 16, 2016
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Limestone College
    1115 College Drive
    Gaffney, South Carolina
    UNITED STATES
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