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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

ESPN’s Groundbreaking Coverage of Special Olympics World Winter Games Begins March 18 From Austria

February 17, 2017

ESPN’s World Winter Games coverage includes live three-hour Opening Ceremony featuring Parade of Athletes, Special Guests and musical performances from multi-Grammy Award-Winner Jason Mraz and Grace VanderWaal. Nightly Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 program to bring viewers stories, competition showcase, interviews and more throughout the Games.

Special Performances Announced for the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

February 17, 2017

Performances by Jason Mraz and Grace VanderWaal have been announced for the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games Opening Ceremony in Austria on March 18. Princess Charlene of Monaco, Hannah Teter, Apolo Ohno, Dikembe Mutombo, Michelle Kwan, Sam Perkins, Jillian Michaels, Louie Van Amstel and many more will attend Games.

Special Olympics US Delegates Make Case of Impact and Advocate for Critical Funding on Capitol Hill

February 16, 2017

Special Olympics athletes, Program leaders, Unified Partners, and family members from 39 US states and the District of Columbia converged on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on February 15 for Special Olympics’ 15th annual “Capitol Hill Day.”

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Events Around the World

  • Feb 22 - Feb 25
    All Regions-Three Day--Law Enforcement Torch Run-Unified Sports-Youth And Schools
    Wed Feb 22 - Sat Feb 25, 2017
     
    Detroit
    Michigan
    USA

    All Regions-Three Day--Law Enforcement Torch Run-Unified Sports-Youth And Schools

    Wed Feb 22 - Sat Feb 25, 2017
     

    This all regions event involves Programs in All Regions program or programs. It should appear on these pages: Unified Sports, Youth And Schools, Law Enforcement Torch Run//Michigan, Benin, Albania, Afghanistan, Argentina, China, Algeria.


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    Venue 1
    123 Main Street
    Detroit , Michigan
    USA
    All events occur here
  • Feb
    28
    1 Venue, No Link, No Contact
    Tue Feb 28, 2017
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    3 venues
    USA

    1 Venue, No Link, No Contact

    Tue Feb 28, 2017
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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    Venue(s)
    Venue 1
    123 Quaker lane
    Euclid, Ohio
    USA
    venue 2
    123 Address
    Jersey City, New Jersey
    USA
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  • Feb
    28
    Test Event - Admin Multi
    Tue Feb 28, 2017
    02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    City
    USA

    Test Event - Admin Multi

    Tue Feb 28, 2017
    02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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    Venue(s)
    Verizon Center
    1627 Lamont st NW
    City
    USA
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  • Mar
    01
    Ontario Test Event 1 - with one Venue
    Wed Mar 01, 2017
    07:00 AM - 06:00 PM
    Canada City
    Ontario
    Canada

    Ontario Test Event 1 - with one Venue

    Wed Mar 01, 2017
    07:00 AM - 06:00 PM

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    Venue(s)
    Rafael Civic Center
    123 Quaker lane
    Canada City, Ontario
    Canada
  • Mar
    06
    Ontario Test Event 1 - with 2 - Bocce
    Mon Mar 06, 2017
    08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    2 venues
    Canada

    Ontario Test Event 1 - with 2 - Bocce

    Mon Mar 06, 2017
    08:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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    Venue(s)
    Bocce
    Venue 1
    123 Quaker lane
    Canada City 1, Ontario
    Canada
    Unified Bocce
    Venue 2
    123 Civil Center
    Canada City 2, Ontario
    Canada
  • Mar
    14
    Virginia-One Day--Law Enforcement Torch Run-Unified Sports-Youth And Schools
    Tue Mar 14, 2017
    10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Richmond
    Virginia
    USA

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

    Tue Mar 14, 2017
    10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    This Virginia 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
    138 Main Street
    Richmond, Virginia
    USA
    All events will occur here
  • Mar 30 - Mar 31
    Virginia-Two Day--Law Enforcement Torch Run-Unified Sports-Youth And Schools
    Thu Mar 30 - Fri Mar 31, 2017
     
    Richmond
    VA
    USA

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

    Thu Mar 30 - Fri Mar 31, 2017
     

    This Virginia 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
    144 Main Street
    Richmond, VA
    USA
    All events will occur here
  • Apr
    01
    Virginia-One Day--Competition-Fundraiser-Healthy Athletes
    Sat Apr 01, 2017
    12:00 AM - 11:45 PM
    Richmond
    VA
    USA

    Virginia-One Day--Competition-Fundraiser-Healthy Athletes

    Sat Apr 01, 2017
    12:00 AM - 11:45 PM

    This Virginia 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
    143 Main Street
    Richmond, VA
    USA
    All events will occur here