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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

Special Olympics USA Team Named

January 12, 2017

Special Olympics USA will have 210 athletes and coaches representing the U.S. at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

UMe Ushers in Holiday Season with Christmas Compilations Galore and An Official Christmas Playlist

December 07, 2016

The A Very Special Christmas album that started an international movement is now available back on vinyl. Released 29 years ago in 1987, this album brought together some of the biggest musicians of all time for a holiday album to support the Special Olympics.

Sunglass Specialty Retailer, Solstice Sunglasses, Shows its Support of the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program

December 06, 2016

Solstice Sunglasses stores will now carry a Special Olympics seal in their window fronts to communicate the sunglass specialty retailer’s support of Special Olympics.

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Health Programs
Karl Hejlik 
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Events Around the World

  • Jan 24 - Jan 25
    Benin-Two Day--Law Enforcement Torch Run-Unified Sports-Youth And Schools
    Tue Jan 24 - Wed Jan 25, 2017
     
    Parakou
    Benin
    Benin

    Benin-Two Day--Law Enforcement Torch Run-Unified Sports-Youth And Schools

    Tue Jan 24 - Wed Jan 25, 2017
     

    This Benin event involves Programs in All Regions program or programs. It should appear on these pages: Unified Sports, Youth And Schools, Law Enforcement Torch Run.


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    Venue(s)
    Sport Hall A
    154 Main Street
    Parakou, Benin
    Benin
    All events will occur here
  • Jan
    24
    Ivory Coast Test Unified Basketball
    Tue Jan 24, 2017
    07:15 AM - 09:30 AM
    Euclid
    Ohio

    Ivory Coast Test Unified Basketball

    Tue Jan 24, 2017
    07:15 AM - 09:30 AM

    This is for Ivory Coast. This is for Ivory Coast. This is for Ivory Coast. This is for Ivory Coast. This is for Ivory Coast. This is for Ivory Coast.


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    Venue(s)
    Verizon Center
    123 Quaker lane
    Euclid, Ohio
    Here's the venue Description.
  • Jan 25 - Jan 31
    Test Benin Semi Colon Logic
    Wed Jan 25 - Tue Jan 31, 2017
     
    2 venues
    Benin

    Test Benin Semi Colon Logic

    Wed Jan 25 - Tue Jan 31, 2017
     

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    Venue(s)
    Basketball
    Verizon Center
    123 Quaker lane
    Cleveland
    Benin
    This is the venue description. This is the venue description.
    Swimming
    Cingular Aquatics Center
    111 Swimming Ave
    Cleveland
    Benin
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  • Jan 25 - Jan 28
    Benin-Four Day--Law Enforcement Torch Run-Unified Sports-Youth And Schools
    Wed Jan 25 - Sat Jan 28, 2017
     
    Parkou
    Benin
    Benin

    Benin-Four Day--Law Enforcement Torch Run-Unified Sports-Youth And Schools

    Wed Jan 25 - Sat Jan 28, 2017
     

    This Benin event involves Programs in All Regions program or programs. It should appear on these pages: Unified Sports, Youth And Schools, Law Enforcement Torch Run.


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    Venue(s)
    Sport Hall A
    146 Main Street
    Parkou, Benin
    Benin
    All events will occur here
  • Jan 26 - Jan 28
    Michigan-Three Day--Competition-Fundraiser-Healthy Athletes
    Thu Jan 26 - Sat Jan 28, 2017
     
    Detroit
    Michigan
    USA

    Michigan-Three Day--Competition-Fundraiser-Healthy Athletes

    Thu Jan 26 - Sat Jan 28, 2017
     

    This Michigan event involves One Program program or programs. It should appear on these pages: Fundraiser, Healthy Athletes, Competition.


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    Venue(s)
    Sport Hall A
    135 Main Street
    Detroit, Michigan
    USA
    All events will occur here
  • Jan
    26
    Test Venue State/Province Not Required Area-1 and Area-2 Competition
    Thu Jan 26, 2017
    01:00 PM - 01:45 PM
    Washington
    USA

    Test Venue State/Province Not Required Area-1 and Area-2 Competition

    Thu Jan 26, 2017
    01:00 PM - 01:45 PM

    Please provide a description here for this venue. Please provide a description here for this venue.


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    Venue(s)
    Verizon Center
    123 Phone St.
    Washington
    USA
    Here is the venue description.
  • Jan
    31
    Checking Approval Email
    Tue Jan 31, 2017
    07:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Ann Arbor
    Michigan
    USA

    Checking Approval Email

    Tue Jan 31, 2017
    07:30 AM - 04:00 PM

    I am checking to see if i get the correct Event approval email.


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    Venue(s)
    Verizon Center
    123 civic st
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    USA
    here is the venue description.
  • Jan 31 - Feb 02
    Show all Venues Test
    Tue Jan 31 - Thu Feb 02, 2017
     
    3 venues
    Benin

    Show all Venues Test

    Tue Jan 31 - Thu Feb 02, 2017
     

    Here's the event description. Here's the event description. Here's the event description.


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    Venue(s)
    Venue 1
    123 Quaker lane
    Euclid, Ohio
    Benin
    venue Description.
    venue 2
    123 Civil Center
    Cleveland, Michigan
    Benin
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  • Feb 01 - Feb 10
    2017 World Games
    Wed Feb 1 - Fri Feb 10, 2017
     
    3 venues
    Austria

    2017 World Games

    Wed Feb 1 - Fri Feb 10, 2017
     

    Do you have a Special Olympics event to register? Fill out the form and send it along. We'll review it and let you know when it is published.

    Venue(s)
    Snowshoeing and Cross Country
    Ramsau
    123 Ramsau Strasse
    Ramsau, Steyer
    Austria
    Do you have a Special Olympics event to register? Fill out the form and send it along. We'll review it and let you know when it is published.
    Alpine Skiing
    Planai
    123 Main Street
    Schladming, Stiria
    Austria
    Do you have a Special Olympics event to register? Fill out the form and send it along. We'll review it and let you know when it is published.
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  • Feb 08 - Feb 11
    Michigan-Four Day--Law Enforcement Torch Run-Unified Sports-Youth And Schools
    Wed Feb 8 - Sat Feb 11, 2017
     
    Detroit
    Michigan
    USA

    Michigan-Four Day--Law Enforcement Torch Run-Unified Sports-Youth And Schools

    Wed Feb 8 - Sat Feb 11, 2017
     

    This Michigan event involves Two Programs program or programs. It should appear on these pages: Unified Sports, Youth And Schools, Law Enforcement Torch Run.


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    Venue(s)
    Sport Hall A
    136 Main Street
    Detroit, Michigan
    USA
    All events will occur here
  • Feb
    08
    Michigan-Kansas- One Day--Law Enforcement Torch Run-Unified Sports-Youth And Schools
    Wed Feb 08, 2017
    01:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    2 venues
    USA

    Michigan-Kansas- One Day--Law Enforcement Torch Run-Unified Sports-Youth And Schools

    Wed Feb 08, 2017
    01:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    This Michigan event involves Two Programs program or programs--Kansas and Michigan. It should appear on these pages: Unified Sports, Youth And Schools, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Kansas, Michigan.


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    Venue(s)
    Event Hall A
    123 Main Street
    Detroit, Michigan
    USA
    All events occur here.
    Event Hall B
    123 Main Street
    Wichitia, Kansas
    USA
    All events occur here