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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 and WWE® Announce International Partnership

June 27, 2016

Special Olympics and WWE today announced an international partnership to help create change through sports.

Special Olympics Receives Up to $22.5 Million from the CDC to Build Inclusive Health Programming

June 21, 2016

Special Olympics announced today that it will receive up to $22.5 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over the course of the next 5 years, including $4.5 million in 2016-17.

Breaking Down Barriers: Special Olympics Reaches 1.2 Million Participants in Unified Sports

June 08, 2016

Today, Special Olympics announced a significant milestone in its nearly 50-year history thanks to the generous support of ESPN, the Department of Education, Kim Samuel and the Samuel Family Foundation, Lions Club International, and many others. Special Olympics surpassed its goal of registering 1 million Unified Sports participants, by registering 1.2 million participants, including athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and teammates (individuals without intellectual disabilities) in Special Olympics Unified Sports®.

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Lynn Erickson
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Events Around the World

  • 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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    More Details
    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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