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Latest News and Press Releases

2017 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony Kicks Off the World's Largest Sporting Event of the Year

March 18, 2017

As the “Flame of Hope” was lit in the Planai Stadium in Schladming, Austria tonight, more than 2,600 athletes from 105 nations took the Special Olympics oath promising, “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” The dramatic culmination marked the opening of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, the largest sporting event in the world in 2017.

Seven are Honored for Pioneering Global Health Work with First-ever Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards

March 19, 2017

Honorees announced at Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

European Union Pledges €6m to Support Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria

March 14, 2017

The European Union has pledged significant financial support to the upcoming Special Olympics World Winter Games, which begin in Austria on 14th March. Through the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, funds totalling €6 million have been granted to Special Olympics, and the Games Organising Committee in Austria, to ensure the success and ongoing positive legacy impact of the event.

Events Around the World

  • Dec 01 - Jan 01
    vonica
    Mon Dec 1 - Sun Jan 01, 2023
     
    miami
    fl
    USA

    vonica

    Mon Dec 1 - Sun Jan 01, 2023
     

    Special Olympics Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus swimming pool soccer.Basketball


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    Venue(s)
    forero
    13621 sw 97
    miami, fl
    USA
  • Mar 01 - Mar 23
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    Wed Mar 1 - Thu Mar 23, 2017
     
    City
    Ohio
    Benin

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    Wed Mar 1 - Thu Mar 23, 2017
     

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    • Rafael Pacheco
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    123 address
    City, Ohio
    Benin
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  • Mar 21 - Mar 24
    Health Event Calendar Grid 2
    Tue Mar 21 - Fri Mar 24, 2017
     
    Washington
    DC
    USA

    Health Event Calendar Grid 2

    Tue Mar 21 - Fri Mar 24, 2017
     

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    • Rafael Pacheco
    Venue(s)
    Verizon Center
    1627 Lamont st NW
    Washington, DC
    USA
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  • Mar
    29
    Test Event for Asia Pacific
    Wed Mar 29, 2017
    07:30 AM - 07:00 PM
    Singapore
    Singapore

    Test Event for Asia Pacific

    Wed Mar 29, 2017
    07:30 AM - 07:00 PM

    This is a non-public event that's intended only to test whether the CC's for Region people work as they should. This is a non-public event that's intended only to test whether the CC's for Region people work as they should.

    Venue(s)
    Asia Pacific Test
    Asia Pacific Address
    Singapore
    Singapore
  • Mar
    30
    Test Africa Event
    Thu Mar 30, 2017
    03:00 PM - 08:30 PM
    Cape Town
    South Africa

    Test Africa Event

    Thu Mar 30, 2017
    03:00 PM - 08:30 PM

    This is a non-public event that's intended only to test whether the CC's for Region people work as they should. This is a non-public event that's intended only to test whether the CC's for Region people work as they should.

    Venue(s)
    Africa Venue
    Africa Address
    Cape Town
    South Africa
  • 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
  • Mar
    31
    Region CC Test
    Fri Mar 31, 2017
    06:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Worldville
    USA

    Region CC Test

    Fri Mar 31, 2017
    06:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    This is a non-public event that's intended only to test whether the CC's for Region people work as they should. This is a non-public event that's intended only to test whether the CC's for Region people work as they should.

    Venue(s)
    Region CC Test North America
    123 Special Olympics Drive
    Worldville
    USA
  • Mar
    31
    Region CC Test Europe Eurasia
    Fri Mar 31, 2017
    12:15 PM - 06:15 PM
    Brussels
    Belgium

    Region CC Test Europe Eurasia

    Fri Mar 31, 2017
    12:15 PM - 06:15 PM

    This is a non-public event that's intended only to test whether the CC's for Region people work as they should. This is a non-public event that's intended only to test whether the CC's for Region people work as they should.

    Venue(s)
    EE Test
    123 Special Olympics Drive
    Brussels
    Belgium
  • 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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    Sport Hall A
    143 Main Street
    Richmond, VA
    USA
    All events will occur here
  • Apr 04 - Apr 07
    Friendly Multi-Sport Competition of Special Olympics "BoHeMSA"
    Tue Apr 4 - Fri Apr 07, 2017
     
    3 venues

    Friendly Multi-Sport Competition of Special Olympics "BoHeMSA"

    Tue Apr 4 - Fri Apr 07, 2017
     

    The organizer of the entire competition is the Bosnian and Herzegovinian Medical Students’ Association "BoHeMSA" Local Committee Tuzla, as part of the IFMSA network, together in cooperation with the Faculty of Medicine Tuzla and the University of Tuzla. In order to grow into a society which practices, reaches and implements policies where every individual has equal rights and opportunities regardless of their diversity, integration of disabled people into such society is emerging as one of the solutions to enable its growth. Social inclusion does not imply equalization of all people, but respecting the differences of each individual. Developing tolerance allows expansion of perspective, gaining experiences and developing of the human personality. Guided by our motto "DO NOT CALL ME SPECIAL! DIFFERENT DOES NOT MEAN IMPOSSIBLE!“ we use sport as one of the ways in which children and young people with disabilities can be active while developing their talents and capabilities, and by doing so successfully engage into everyday activities. To achieve this mission, we also got help from our partners which include Faculty for physical education and sport in Tuzla and Center for sport University of Tuzla. The competition will be organized in four sports: athletics, swimming, basketball and football. Each competition will be organized in three divisions depending on the degree disabilities. Athletics and swimming, will be organized in the men's and women's categories.


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    Venue(s)
    University Hall
    Univerzitetska 2
    Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Tušanj City stadium
    Rudarska 2
    Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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  • Jan 01 - Jan 02
    TEST
    Tue Jan 1 - Wed Jan 02, 2019
     
    TEST
    NJ
    Papua New Guinea

    TEST

    Tue Jan 1 - Wed Jan 02, 2019
     

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    TEST
    TEST, NJ
    Papua New Guinea