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Rembering a One of a Kind Leader: Bobby Dyle of Arkansas

The Special Olympics family lost one of its pioneers and most unique leaders this past week, Bobby Doyle. He served as CEO of Special Olympics Arkansas for forty years and was a hero to Arkansas’ citizens with intellectual disabilities, advocating for those most often disenfranchised from society. Read More ››

How I Became a Marathon Runner

I was told that I can't do that because of my asthma and my disabilities I wouldn't survive. When I was 16 I started competing in track and field in Special Olympics in high school. Special Olympics Pennsylvania taught me to believe in myself. Read More ››

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Events Around the WorldGo to the Worldwide Calendar

Unified Flag Football Tournament
Unified Flag Football Tournament

Special Olympics Florida Unified Flag Football teams will compete in the NIRSA Championship Series at the University of Florida.

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El Tour de Tucson
Special Olympics: El Tour de Tucson

Join us on November 22nd and register for one of the largest amateur bicycling events in Arizona benefiting Special Olympics.

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Nippon National Games
Nippon National Games

Athletes in Japan will compete in 3 days of competition in 12 sports during the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games. 

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Upcoming Events Around the World


Date

Event

Location

Nov 24, 2014
7:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Detroit Red Wings vs. Ottawa Senators Game: LETR Fundraiser

The Detroit Red Wings have partnered with Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise funds for Special Olympics Michigan and Special Olympics Ontario. Purchase a ticket to the Wings' game vs. Ottawa on Monday, November 24 through the link below and $10 from each ticket package goes to Special Olympics Michigan and Special Olympics Ontario! Ticket packages start at $35 and include a game ticket and commemorative two-sided challenge coin. Groups of 35 or more will receive an autographed Henrik Zetterberg hockey stick.
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Jamie Clark
Email: Jamie.Clark@Hockeytown.com
Phone: 313-471-7138
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Joe Louis Arena
Detroit, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Nov 28 - 30 2014

Motor Activity Training Program National Meeting

The Motor Activity Training Program (MATP) is designed to prepare athletes with severe or profound intellectual disability, including athletes with significant physical disabilities, for sport-specific activities appropriate for their abilities. In this 5th edition, the MATP National Meeting will gather about 200 athletes from all over Spain and will include the Healthy Athletes Program, and Opening and Closing ceremonies.
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Pazo Provincial dos Deportes de Lugo
Lugo, Galicia
SPAIN

Nov 29, 2014

FSU vs Florida Unified Flag Football Game

Join us as Special Olympics Florida Unified Flag Football teams participate in the FSU vs Florida Unified Flag Football Game at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Unified Sports brings people of all abilities together and are formed by combining players without disabilities with Special Olympics players of similar age and ability. Come and see what all of the excitement is all about. For more details, please refer to link and contact information below.
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Special Olympics Florida
Phone: 352-243-9536
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Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida
UNITED STATES

Nov 29, 2014

Clemson vs South Carolina Unified Flag Football Game

Join us as Special Olympics South Carolina Unified Flag Football teams participate in the Clemson vs South Carolina Unified Flag Football Game at Clemson University in Clemson. Unified Sports brings people of all abilities together and are formed by combining players without disabilities with Special Olympics players of similar age and ability. Come and see what all of the excitement is all about. For more details, please refer to link and contact information below.
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South Carolina
Phone: 803-772-1555
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Clemson University
Clemson , South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Nov 29, 2014

Alabama vs Auburn Unified Flag Football Game

Join us as Special Olympics Alabama Unified Flag Football teams participate in the Alabama vs Auburn Unified Flag Football Game at Alabama University in Tuscaloosa. Unified Sports brings people of all abilities together and are formed by combining players without disabilities with Special Olympics players of similar age and ability. Come and see what all of the excitement is all about. For more details, please refer to the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Alabama
Email: soaloffice@aol.com
Phone: 334-242-3383
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Alabama University
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
UNITED STATES

Dec 3 - 10 2014

2014 Special Olympics MENA Regional Games

Join us for the 8th Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa Regional games on 3-10 December in Cairo, Egypt. Thousands of athletes representing countries from around the region will participate in 8 days of peace, celebration and competition in 13 sports. The games will also host a Unified Sports, Special Olympics Youth Summit, Athlete Leadership Congress, Families Forum, Young Athletes Demonstration and Healthy Athletes Screenings.
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Cairo
Egypt

Dec 5, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Great Falls Polar Plunge

Freezin' for a Reason! The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters during the Christmas Stroll. Don't be left out of the cold! Register TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100 in pledges and nerves of steel. Presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Montana.
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Terri Sappington
Email: tsappington@somt.org
Phone: 4062165327
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Christmas Stroll
Downtown Great Falls

Great Falls, Montana
UNITED STATES

Dec 6 - 7 2014

5th Annual Cop on Top

This is a 36 hr event where cops spend the night on top of Walmart no matter the weather condition. There are 80-100 raffles, food, music, lots of action heros for the kids, pictures with Santa, Life Flight Helicopter, meet an Athlete, and much more. This event will help raise money for Special Olympics Massachusetts.
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Darren Derby
Email: dderbyman@hotmail.com
Phone: 413-441-7532
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Walmart
555 Hubbard Ave

Pittsfield, Massachusetts
UNITED STATES

Dec 6, 2014
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Capital Area Independent Bowling Tournament

Join us on December 6th at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a day of Unified bowling competition. Male and female athletes and Unified partners from Capital/Florida Parishes area will compete in this event. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Charles Guillory
Email: chzgil@gmail.com
Phone: 225-963-9028
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All-Star Lanes
9829 Airline Hwy

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Dec 6, 2014
6:00 PM - 12:00 AM

8th Annual Wertz Warriors SOMI Fundraiser

The Wertz Warriors are hosting their 8th Annual Special Olympics Michigan Fundraiser at Enchantment Banquet Hall on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Come join us for a full dinner with open bar, DJ, dancing, 50/50 and raffle prizes. The cost is $50 per person for a full dinner, open bar and entertainment. The fun begins at 6:00 p.m. and continues until midnight. Reserve your seat (10 seats per table) by calling Annette at (586) 615-0610. The event is hosted by Hosted by Dave Maiorana and Steve Kukuk.
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Annette
Phone: 586-615-0610
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Enchantment Banquet Hall
46915 Hayes Rd

Shelby Twp., Michigan
UNITED STATES

Dec 6, 2014
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Illinois State Bowling Competition

State Bowling is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in bowling. State Bowling is hosted at Landmark Lanes in Peoria. It is a stand alone competition and serves as a showcase for our bowling athletes to demonstrate the skills they have learned throughout the year. Everyone is encouraged to attend this premiere state tournament so make sure you don’t miss this great event!
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David Shindley
Email: dshindley@soill.org
Phone: 309-888-2551
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Landmark Lanes
3225 N. Dries Lane

Peoria, Illinois
UNITED STATES

Dec 6, 2014
1:00 PM - 3:00 AM

Billings Polar Plunge

Freezin' for a Reason! The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters during the Christmas Stroll. Don't be left out of the cold! Register TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100 in pledges and nerves of steel. Presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Montana.
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Terri Sappington
Email: tsappington@somt.org
Phone: 406-216-5327
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Lake Elmo
Billings Heights

Billings, Montana
UNITED STATES

Dec 7, 2014
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

10 Pin Bowling Championships

Join us on 7 December 2014 at Bowl America in Gaithersburg, Maryland as athletes and Unified partners from around the state compete in day of bowling competition. Events will include: Traditional singles; Ramp assisted singles; Traditional Doubles; Unified Doubles. For schedule details, please refer to the link below.
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Mike Czarnowsky
Email: mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone: 410-242-1515
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Bowl America
1101 Clopper Road

Gaithersburg, Maryland
UNITED STATES

Dec 8, 2014
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Capital Area EBR Schools Bowling Tournament

Join us on December 8th at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a day of Unified bowling competition. Male and female athletes and unified partners from the Capital area will compete in this event. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Charles Guillory
Email: chzgil@gmail.com
Phone: 225-963-9028
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All-Star Lanes
9829 Airline Hwy

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Dec 11, 2014
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Special Olympics Spain Gala (8th edition)

Once more, Special Olympics Spain will award a personality or an organization with an active role in culture, sports or the disability sector that has helped to promote personal development and social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.
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Casa AméricaMadrid
SPAIN

Dec 12 - 13 2014

2014 Chapter Flag Football Competition

Special Olympics Texas has a serious case of football fever! Flag football is the newest sport out of 22 sports offered, and our state competition is growing each year. Traditional and Unified teams will face off in Waco, and you’ll be amazed at the level of competition, sportsmanship and spirit of our athletes. Athletes will also have the opportunity to compete in individual skill events: Run & Catch, Throwing for Accuracy, Throwing for Distance, Agility and Speed (hands-off), and Flag Pulling. Come enjoy the fun of Texas’ favorite sport!
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Tela Mange
Email: tmange@sotx.org
Phone: 512-491-2928
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Baylor University
Waco, Texas
UNITED STATES

Dec 12, 2014
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Capital Area EBR Schools Bowling Tournament

Join us on December 12th at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a day of Unified bowling competition. Male and female athletes and unified partners from the Capital area will compete in this event. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Charles Guillory
Email: chzgil@gmail.com
Phone:  225-963-9028
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All-Star Lanes
9829 Airline Hwy

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Dec 13, 2014
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

State Unified Flag Football Invitational

Join on us on December 13th at National Training Center in Clermont, Florida as our athletes and Unified Partners take the field to compete in an exciting day of flag football. Opening ceremonies will be held from 8:45 am - 9:15 am with the first round competition being held from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm and the second round of competition being held from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm followed by awards. For more information please use the contact information below.
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Akin Joseph
Phone: 352-243-9536 ext. 52
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National Training Center
1935 Don Wickham Drive

Clermont, Florida
UNITED STATES

Dec 13 - 14 2014

2014 Southern California Fall Games

Be inspired by athletic determination and courage. Come cheer on more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California as they compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons at Fall Games. The Games will feature our six fall/winter sports — bowling, floor hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Fall Games, one of our largest competitions, is the second of two Southern California competitions held every year.
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Email: info@sosc.org
Phone: 562-502-1100
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Fountain Valley Sports Park
16400 Brookhurst St

Fountain Valley, California
UNITED STATES

Dec 14 - 15 2014

Southern California Fall Games

Be inspired by athletic determination and courage. Come cheer on more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California as they compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons at Fall Games. The Games will feature our six fall/winter sports — bowling, floor hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Fall Games, one of our largest competitions, is the second of two Southern California competitions held every year.
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Fountain Valley and Irvine
Fountain Valley and Irvine, California
UNITED STATES

Jan 1, 2015
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

126th Rose Parade

The 126th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Inspiring Stories,” will feature floral floats, spirited marching bands and high-stepping equestrian units along the 5 1/2 mile route down Colorado Boulevard. Experience – in person – the magic of New Year’s Day in an unrivaled celebration, exclusive to the streets of Pasadena! The Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 will have a float in the Parade donated by Games partner Kaiser Permanente.
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Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, California
UNITED STATES

Jan 8 - 9 2015

LETR Kick Off Conference

The conference takes place January 8-9 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Michigan. This conference is our opportunity to celebrate the past, present and future of the program. There will be sessions during the day on Thursday and an awards banquet Thursday evening. The event will wrap up Friday morning after breakfast. There is no cost for you to attend the conference (based on double occupancy).
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Andrea Rachko
Email: rachk1am@cmich.edu
Phone: 800-644-6404
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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Acme, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jan 15 - 17 2015

The Xperience Tennis Invitational

Xperience Special Olympics tennis at its best. This three-day tennis extravaganza takes place in January at the Boar's Head Inn & Sports Club, one of the country’s finest tennis venues and a fitting location for the best Special Olympics tennis athletes in the nation. Mix in world-class volunteers from the University of Virginia athletics programs and the Charlottesville community and you’ve got an ace of an event!
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Katie Botha
Email: kbotha@specialolympicsva.org
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Boar's Head Inn & Sports Club
200 Ednam Dr.

Charlottesville , Virginia
UNITED STATES

Jan 25, 2015
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Farmington Penguin Plunge

Join us January 25, 2015 at Winding Trails in Farmington, Connecticut for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Registration begins at 8 AM and the plunge will take place at 10 AM. Participants raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 14,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Sharon Pelkey
Email: sharp@soct.org
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Winding Trails
Farmington, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Jan 29 - Feb 1 2015

2015 Provincial Winter Games Speed Skating Competition

Special Olympics Ontario is hosting our 2015 Provincial Winter Games from January 29 – Feb 1st, 2015 in North Bay, Ontario. We have a few spaces available in our Speed Skating Competition and would like to extend an invitation to your speed skating athletes to attend. Cost $50 per athlete which includes 3 nights of accommodation, all meals, opening and closing ceremonies, athlete’s victory dance and ground transportation once you arrive at the games. Teams are responsible for their own travel to and from the event. As this is a qualifying competition for National Games for us, we require all athletes to use regulation speed skates. Hockey skates will not be permitted. For more details use the link below. Contact Juli Prokopchuk Brattan using the contact information below by November 1st if you are interested in attending.
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Juli Prokopchuk Brattan
Email: julip@specialolympicsontario.com
Phone: 1-888-333-5515 ext 2
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North Bay, Ontario
North Bay, Ontario
CANADA

Jan 31, 2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Lewistown Polar Plunge

Join us for the 2nd Annual Polar Plunge. The Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters during the 2015 Montana Winter Fair in Lewistown. Don't be left out of the cold! REGISTER TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100 in pledges and nerves of steel.
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Terri Sappington
Email: tsappington@somt.org
Phone: 4062165327
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Montana Winter Fair
Lewistown , Montana
UNITED STATES

Feb 3 - 6 2015

State Winter Games

The 2015 Special Olympics Michigan State Winter Games presented by Wertz Warriors will be February 3-6, 2015 in the greater Traverse City area. Alpine Skiing at Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Downhill; Cross Country Skiing at Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire: 50M, 100M, 250M, 500M, 1K, 3K, 5K; Figure Skating at Howe Ice Arena in Traverse City: Compolsury and Freestyle; Snowboarding at Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super Giant Slalom; Snowshoeing at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme: 30M, 50M, 75M, 100M, 200M, 400M; Speed Skating at Howe Ice Arena in Traverse City: 25M, 30M, 50M, 100M, 300M, 500M, 800M. For more information about the State Winter Games, including how to volunteer use the link below.
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Aaron Mills
Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Acme, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Feb 3 - 5 2015

Illinois Winter Games

What is Winter Games? Winter Games is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Winter Games is hosted at Chestnut Mountain in Galena, Illinois. Approximately 400 athletes will compete in this 3-day event and show off their winning form! Sports competition runs from Tuesday, February 3, to Thursday, February 5. The public is invited and encouraged to attend any and all parts of Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games. Hope to see you there!
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David Shindley
Email: dshindley@soill.org
Phone: 309-888-2551
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Chestnut Mountain
8700 W. Chestnut Mountain Rd.

Hanover, Illinois
UNITED STATES

Feb 5 - 8 2015

Special Olympics Texas Winter Games

We are excited to invite you to the 22nd annual Winter Games! Athletes from across the state have been training for weeks to compete in bowling, powerlifting, and volleyball. In addition, special events such as Opening Ceremonies, Athlete Village, Victory Dance, Closing Ceremonies and various clinics and demonstrations will round out the experience for athletes, coaches and families in attendance. Special Olympics Games bring out the champion in all of us!
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Tela Mange
Email: tmange@sotx.org
Phone: 512-491-2928
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Various Venues
Austin and Round Rock, Texas
UNITED STATES

Feb 6 - 7 2015

Polar Plunge -- Virginia Beach

Our Polar Plunge® Winter Festival is our largest annual fundraiser, attracting more than 10,000 people to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront in February. Crowd favorites at this event include the Polar Plunge 5K on the boardwalk, the PeeWee Plunge for kids, our beach volleyball tournament, and, of course, the PLUNGE!
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Debbie Apperson
Email: dapperson@specialolympicsva.org
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Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Between 6th and 9th Streets

Virginia Beach, Virginia
UNITED STATES

Feb 7 - 8 2015

Athlete on Snow/Time Trials

On 7 February 2015, Special Olympics Maryland athletes will register for clinics to help improve their ski conditioning, form and gate practice. On 8 February 2015 Special Olympics Maryland will host mandatory time-trials where athletes will run time trials in order to qualify times for the upcoming Special Olympics Maryland Winter Games. For more details, please refer to the contact information below.
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Mike Czarnowsky
Email: mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone: 410-242-1515
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Ski Whitetail
13805 Blairs Valley Road

Mercersburg, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Pintler Plunge

Freezin for a Reason! The Anaconda Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters. Don’t be left out of the cold! Register TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100 in pledges and nerves of steel.
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Terri Sappington
Email: tsappington@somt.org
Phone: 4062165327
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Silver Lake
Anaconda, Montana
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Madison Penguin Plunge

Join us February 7, 2015 at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Connecticut for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Registration begins at 10 AM and the plunge will take place at 12 PM. Participants raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 14,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Lisa Carlone
Email: lisam@soct.org
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Hammonasset State Park
Madison, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Penguin Plunge

Freezin' for a Reason! The Penguin Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters. Don't be left out of the cold! Register TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100/$50* in pledges and nerves of steel.
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Terri Sappington
Email: tsappington@somt.org
Phone: 4062165327
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City Beach
Whitefish , Montana
UNITED STATES

Feb 7, 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Winsted Penguin Plunge

Join us February 7, 2015 at Highland Lake in Winsted, Connecticut for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Registration begins at 10 AM and the plunge will take place at 12 PM. Participants raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 14,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Sharon Pelkey
Email: sharp@soct.org
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Highland Lake
Winsted, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Feb 8, 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Penguin Plunge New London

Join us February 8, 2015 at Ocean Beach Park in New London, Connecticut for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Registration begins at 10 AM and the plunge will take place at 12 PM. Participants raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 14,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Jackie Turro
Email: jackiet@soct.org
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Ocean Beach Park
New London, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Feb 13, 2015
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

First Look for Charity

This annual black-tie affair provides attendees with a “first look” at the nation’s largest auto show before it opens to the public. Attendees will enjoy live entertainment along with food, drink and desserts while strolling the show floor that boasts more than 1,000 new vehicles! Attendees will also have the chance to go home in a 2015 Ford Explorer or a 2015 Ford Fusion. The proceeds of your ticket purchase benefit Special Olympics Illinois, if you designate us as your charity of choice. Designate Special Olympics Illinois as your charity of choice.
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Corinne Zollars
Email: czollars@soill.org
Phone: 630-842-5614
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McCormick Place
2301 South Lake Shore Dr.

Chicago, Illinois
UNITED STATES

Feb 14, 2015
12:00 PM - 3:00 AM

Sweetheart Passion Plunge

Freezin for a Reason! The Sweetheart Passion Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters. Don’t be left out of the cold! Register TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100 in pledges and nerves of steel.
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Terri Sappington
Email: tsappington@somt.org
Phone: 4062165327
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Spring Meadow Lake State Park
Helena, Montana
UNITED STATES

Feb 16, 2015
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

President's Plunge

Freezin for a Reason! The President’s Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters. Don’t be left out of the cold! Register TODAY for the Plunge and let the fun begin. All it takes is at least $100 in pledges and nerves of steel.
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Terri Sappington
Email: tsappington@somt.org
Phone: 4062165327
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East Gallatin Recreation Area
Bozeman, Montana
UNITED STATES

Feb 18 - 19 2015

Skating Championships

What is the Skating Championships? The Skating Championships are one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in figure skating and speed skating. The Skating Championships are hosted at Canlan Ice Sports in Romeoville, Illinois. Special Olympics Illinois will be holding this event in a new venue this year with the goal of increasing participation. Canlan Ice Sports is an amazing facility and will hopefully be more accessible and less costly for agencies and families attending the event.
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David Shindley
Email: dshindley@soill.org
Phone: 309-888-2551
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Canlan Ice Sports
1581 Normantown Rd.

Plainfield, Illinois
UNITED STATES

Feb 21, 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Middletown Penguin Plunge

Join us February 21, 2015 at Crystal Lake in Middletown, Connecticut for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Registration begins at 10 AM and the plunge will take place at 12 PM. Participants raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 14,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Jackie Turro
Email: jackiet@soct.org
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Crystal Lake
Middletown, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Feb 23 - 24 2015

2015 Winter Games - Maryland

Join us 23-24 February 2015 at Whitetail Ski Resort in Mercersburg, Maryland for two days of snowshoe and alpine skiing competition. The alpine skiing events will include: Advanced Giant Slalom, Advanced Slalom, Advanced Slalom (Unified), Advanced Super G, Advanced Super G (Unified), Intermediate Giant Slalom, Intermediate Slalom, Intermediate Slalom (Unified), Intermediate Super G, Intermediate Super G (Unified), Novice Giant Slalom, Novice Slalom, Super Glide, Glide. The snowshoe events will include: 25 meter, 50 meter, 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter, 1600 meter, 5 kilometer, 10 kilometer, 4 x 100 meter relay, 4 x 200 meter relay, 4 x 400 meter relay, 4 x 100 meter relay (Unified), 4 x 200 meter relay (Unified), 4 x 400 meter relay (Unified). For more information please refer to the details and contact info below.
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Mike Czarnowsky
Email: mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone: 410-242-1515
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Ski Whitetail
13805 Blairs Valley Road

Mercersburg, Maryland
UNITED STATES

Mar 1, 2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The New 'R' Word is RESPECT Pledge Drive

Opportunity to PLEDGE, with music, films, information about local services, co-hosted by area colleges, schools, agencies and community groups.
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Patricia Gooding
Email: levelgreen2010@gmail.com
Phone: 607-339-9472
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Center Ithaca
Ithaca, New York
UNITED STATES

Mar 13 - 15 2015

Illinois State Basketball Tournament

What is State Basketball? State Basketball is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in team and individual skills basketball. State Basketball is hosted at Horton Fieldhouse – ISU and the Shirk Center- IWU. Approximately 1,540 athletes will compete in this 3-day event and show off their winning form! The State Basketball Tournament is supported, in part, by a grant from the Shirk Family Foundation. Hope to see you there!
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David Shindley
Email: dshindley@soill.org
Phone: 309-888-2551
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ISU & IWU Campus
Bloomington, Illinois
UNITED STATES

Mar 14, 2015
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

A World of Difference

Join us on Saturday, March 14 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach for an evening that will inspire your spirit, warm your heart, and invigorate your passion for Special Olympics! All donations given through this dinner and auction will benefit the nearly 18,000 athletes who participate in the Southern California sports training and competition program.
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Maureen Barclift
Email: mbarclift@sosc.org
Phone: 562-502-1135
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Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 S Pine Ave

Long Beach, California
UNITED STATES

Mar 14, 2015
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Westport Penguin Plunge

Join us March 14, 2015 at Compo Beach in Westport, Connecticut for the Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. Registration begins at 11 AM and the plunge will take place at 1 PM. Participants raise funds to run (Plunge) into the chilly waters of Connecticut. Your participation provides funding to support over 14,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round training and competition in 27 sports. Costumes are encouraged – we even give an award for the best costumes! Many Penguins form teams to band together and share in this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Lisa Carlone
Email: lisam@soct.org
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Compo Beach
Westport, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Mar 18, 2015
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Southeast Regional Powerlifting Invitational

Join us for the Southeast Regional Powerlifting Invitational at Northville High School on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Special Olympics Michigan powerlifters from all across southeast Michigan will compete in this event. For more information contact please use the contact info below.
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Joel Smith
Email: joel8412@att.net
Phone: (734) 223-3203
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Northville High School
45700 Six Mile Rd

Northville, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Mar 21 - 22 2015

2015 Basketball Tournament

Join us 21-22 March 2015 in Frederick, Maryland as over 400 athletes and 70 Unified partners from around the state compete in two days of basketball tournament action. Events will include 5 v. 5 traditional competition and well as 5 v. 5 Unified competition. For schedule and location details please refer to link below.
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Mike Czarnowsky
Email: mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone: 410-242-1515
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Hood College
401 Rosemont Ave

Frederick, Maryland
UNITED STATES

Apr 30 - May 2 2015

International Bocce Competition

You are invited to attend the 2015 International Invitational Bocce Competition to be held April 30 - May 2, 2015. The competition will be hosted on the beautiful campus of Seneca College, King Campus located just 30 minutes north of Toronto Ontario Canada. The event will include opening and closing ceremonies, sightseeing opportunities, formal medal presentations, an athlete’s dance as well, all teams are guaranteed a minimum of four games over two days of competition. Registration fees for this event are $75 per athlete. Registration fees include the following: Three nights of accommodation; Meals on four days (breakfast, lunch and dinner); Snacks and refreshments; Transportation to and from the airport (as needed); 4 games of bocce (minimum); Medals for all athletes; Victory Dance. Teams choosing to arrive before April 30th will be required to pay an additional $25 per athlete which will include: Sightseeing opportunities; Accommodation for a maximum of two additional nights; Meals for a maximum of two additional days. All teams are responsible for their own travel expenses to and from the competition. Travel subsidy may be available for international teams. All athletes and coaches must be registered and members in good standing with their respective Special Olympics chapters/organizations. Due to our space limitations, we are unable to offer a Unified Event.
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Juli Prokopchuk Brattan
Email: julip@specialolympicsontario.com
Phone: 1-888-333-5515 ext.
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Seneca College, King Campus
65 Overlea Blvd Suite 200

Toronto, Ontario
CANADA

May 9 - 10 2015

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend

Show your support and enthusiasm for more than 17,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities by running with Special Olympics Southern California in RunDisney's Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Run through the Disneyland® Resort and historic streets of Anaheim to a Fairy Finish — where runners will earn their "wings." Each person who completes the race will receive a gold Tinker Bell Half Marathon finisher's medal.
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Disneyland Resort
Anaheim, California
UNITED STATES

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