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Events Around the WorldGo to the Worldwide Calendar

Florida State Basketball Competion
Florida State Basketball Competion

Join us January 30-31 at The Big House in Tavares, Florida as teams from across the state compete State Basketball Tournament title.

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The Xperience Tennis Invitational
The Xperience Tennis Invitational

Athletes will compete in a three-day tennis event will take place at the Boar's Head Inn & Sports Club, one of the country’s finest tennis venues.

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Polar Plunge
Special Olympics Polar Plunge®

Special Olympics programs invite everyone to brave the freezing cold waters during their respective Polar Plunge events.

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Upcoming Events Around the World


Date

Event

Location

Dec 20, 2014
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Anchorage 6th Annual Polar Plunge

Its that time again for Freezin' for a Reason! Come take the plunge at the 6th Annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Alaska Saturday, December 20yh at Goose Lake in Anchorage. The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics Alaska athletes by gathering pledges and plunging into the icy waters of Goose Lake. For those who are "Too Cool to Plunge" you can still participate. Win great prizes and incentives including Alaska Airlines Miles! All proceeds go to Special Olympics Alaska to provide sports training and competition for people with intellectual disabilities.
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Jessica Bjornstad
Email: jessica@specialolympicsalaska.org
Phone: 907-222-7625 ext. 60
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Goose Lake
Anchorage, Alaska
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 4 - 5 2015

North Carolina Winter Games - Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding

Join us on January 4-5 at Appalachian Ski Mountain in Boone/Blowing Rock, North Carolina as our athletes showcase their skill in alpine skiing and snowboarding competition. Our athletes have undergone months of training and competition to prepare for this event. So come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sport.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Appalachian Ski Mountain
940 Ski Mountain Rd.

Boone/Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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 12, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Coaches Training - Basketball

This will be a Coaches Training for the sport of Basketball. This training will be an online webinar so attendance in Mount Pleasant is not needed. To register for this event use the link below. If you have any further questions please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu.
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Resgister
Zach Warner
Email: warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jan 14, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Coaches Training - Winter Games Sports

This is a Coaches Training for the sports of alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. To register for this training, use the link below. If you have any further questions please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Resgister
Zach Warner
Email: warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Washtenaw Community College
Ann Arbor, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jan 15, 2015
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Area 4 Winter Games

Join us for the Area 4 Winter Games at Hanson Hills Recreation Area in Grayling, Michigan on January 15, 2015.
For more information
Marc Wills
Email: area04@somi.org
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Hanson Hills Recreation Area
7601 Old Lake Rd

Grayling, 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 17, 2015

Lake City Polar Plunge

The Lake City Polar Plunge takes place on Jan. 17, 2015. Registration starts at 1:00 pm at the Town Pump Saloon. Parade of Costumes at 2:00 pm with plunge following. The After Splash Bash will take place immediately following the last plunger. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
For more information
Jim Adams
Email: adams1jg@cmich.edu
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Town Pump Saloon
Lake City, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jan 17, 2015
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Battle Creek Polar Plunge

The Battle Creek Polar Plunge takes place Jan. 17, 2015 at H2O Restaurant. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. Plunge starts at 12:00 pm. After Splash Bash will take place immediately following last plunger. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
For more information
Andrea Rachko
Email: rachk1am@cmich.edu
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H2O Restaurant
Battle Creek, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jan 17, 2015
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Polar Bear Plunge - Havelock PD

Havelock Police Department will be having their 4th Annual Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge on the 17th of January 2015 at Walmart in Havelock. Registration will start at 12pm and the first plunge will be at 1pm. Sign up today for $25.00 and you will get a T-shirt. Those not willing to take the plunge are still encouraged to come out, make donations and cheer for the most creative plunge. There will be prizes awarded to the winner of the most creative plunge and for the individual that raises the most with sponsorship. For any questions, contact Lt. Borton at 252-447-3212. To sign up today, use the link below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Walmart Supercenter
566

Havelock, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Jan 18, 2015

Winter Bowling Championships

Each January, the Special Olympics Virginia bowlers from across the state meet in Northern Virginia to go for the gold at our Winter Bowling Championships. Bowlers, coaches, family, and friends are also invited to attend FanQuest on Saturday night at Robinson Secondary School to watch local Special Olympics high school basketball teams go head to head, followed by a Victory Dance and Olympic Town. Registered Bowling Championships participants (athletes, coaches, and chaperones) will receive dinner at the high school.
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Bowl America Dranesville
46940 Woodson Dr

Sterling, Virginia
UNITED STATES

Jan 20, 2015
9:30 AM - 2:00 AM

Southwest Regional Winter Games

Join us on January 20 at Timber Ski Resort in Gobles, Michigan. The Games will feature competition in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Almost 200 athletes from across Southwest Michigan compete in this yearly event.
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Nick Caudle
Email: caudl1n@cmich.edu
Phone: 616-583-1202
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Timber Ridge Ski Resort
Gobles, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jan 21 - 25 2015

John L Cassidy Heartland Winter Games

Join us January 21-25 in various locations across Missouri as our athletes showcase their skill in alpine skiing, snowshoeing, cross county skiing, figure skating and speed skating competition. Skiing, Snowshoeing and Cross County will be held at the Snow Creek Ski Area in Weston, Missouri. Figure skating and speed skating will be held at Bode Ice Area, St. Joseph, Missouri. Floor Hockey competition will be held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Sapp Field House. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. Hope to see you there!
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Tim Rehder
Email: rehdert@ksso.org
Phone: 913-236-9290
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Snow Creek Ski Area; Bode Ice Arena; Univ of Nebraska at Omaha
Weston, Missouri
UNITED STATES

Jan 23, 2015
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Area-Eleven Masters Bowling Tournament

Join us on January 23rd as our athletes compete at the Special Olympics South Carolina Area-Eleven Masters Bowling Tournament at the Strikers Family Sports Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sport. Hope to see you there!
For more information
Email: area11sosc@hotmail.com
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Strikers Family Sports Center
124 N. Anderson Rd.

Rock Hill, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Jan 24 - 25 2015

Southeast Regional Figure Skating

Join us January 24-25 as our athletes compete and showcase their skill at the Southeast Figure Skating Competition at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sport. **For athletes who want to participate, please send registration forms to registration@sonc.net by January 6, 2015. For more information, please refer to the link and contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Extreme Ice Center
4705 Indian Trail-Fairview Rd.

Indian Trail, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Jan 24, 2015
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Polar Plunge - Winston Salem Police Department

We dare you! Come take the plunge and support a great cause! Winston-Salem Police Department in North Carolina will hold a Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics. Create a team, and dress up in your favorite costume! All jumpers must raise $50.00 to jump. For more information, contact Lisa Kiser at 336-727-2425 or Claudia Morgan at 336-837-7151. Please use the link below to sign up today!
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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Sportscenter Athletic Club - Kernersville
861 Old Winston Rd

Kernersville, North Carolina
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 26, 2015
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Area-Eleven Young Athlete and Junior Bowling Tournament

Join us on January 26th for the Special Olympics South Carolina Area -Eleven Young Athlete and Junior Bowling Tournament at the Strikers Family Sports Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Athletes ages 3-12 will compete and showcase their skill on the lanes. For more information about the event please refer to the contact info and link below.
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Email: area11sosc@hotmail.com
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Strikers Family Sports Center
124 N. Anderson Rd.

Rock Hill, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Jan 27, 2015

Area Eleven Senior Bowling Tournament

Join us on January 27th for the Special Olympics South Carolina Area -Eleven Young Athlete and Junior Bowling Tournament at the Strikers Family Sports Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Athletes ages 13-20 will compete and showcase their skill on the lanes. For more information about the event please refer to the contact info and link below.
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Email: area11sosc@hotmail.com
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Strikers Family Sports Center
124 N. Anderson Rd.

Rock Hill, South Carolina
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 30 - 31 2015

State Basketball Competition

Join us January 30-31 at The Big House in Tavares, Florida as Special Olympics Florida teams compete from Areas 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 in the 2014 Special Olympics Florida State Basketball Tournament. It will be sure to be an exciting display of courage and basketball skill. See you there!
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Akin Joseph
Email: akinjoseph@sofl.org
Phone: 352-243-9536
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The Big House
1544 Lane Park Cutoff Road

Tavares, Florida
UNITED STATES

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

Jan 31, 2015
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Area 4 Basketball Tournament

Join us and cheer on our athletes on January 31st at Houghton Lake High School in Houghton Lake, Michigan for what is going to be an exciting basketball tournament. Hope to see you there.
For more information
Marc Wills
Email: area04@somi.org
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Houghton Lake High School
4433 W Houghton Lake Dr

Houghton Lake, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jan 31, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Miles City Polar Plunge

Join us for the 1st 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 in Miles City. 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.
For more information
Resgister
Terri Sappington
Email: tsappington@somt.org
Phone: (406) 216-5327
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Miles City Fire Department
2800 Main St

Miles City, Montana
UNITED STATES

Jan 31, 2015
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Oak Mountain State Park Polar Plunge

Freezin' for a Reason! The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Alabama 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.
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Mike Williams
Email: mwilliams@pelhamonline.com
Phone: 205-965-9153
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Oak Mountain State Park Beach
200 Terrace Drive

Pelham, Alabama
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 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 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.
For more information
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
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Area-24 Basketball Tournament

The Special Olympics Michigan Area-24 Basketball Tournament will take place February 7, 2015 at Mason County Eastern High School in Custer, Michigan. The Opening Ceremony will begin at 9 AM. Teams will play two days with competition ending between 2:00-3:00 PM. Ribbons will be awarded.
For more information
Cindy Hummer
Email: chummer12@gmail.com
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Mason County Eastern High School
18 S. Main Street

Custer, Michigan
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
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

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

Cheboygan Polar Plunge

The Cheboygan Polar Plunge will take place February 14th at Hoppies Tavern in Cheboygan. Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. The parade of costumes will takes place at 12:30 p.m with the Plunge starting at 1:00 p.m. The awards and After Splash Bash will start immediately following the Plunge. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
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Heather Fox
Email: fox1hm@cmich.edu
Phone: 800-644-6404
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Hoppies Tavern
Cheboygan, Michigan
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 18, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Coaches Training - Basketball

This is a Coaches Training in the sport of Basketball. This is an Online Webinar so attendance in Mount Pleasant is not needed. To register for this training please use the link below. If you have any further questions please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu.
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Zach Warner
Email: warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Feb 19 - 21 2015

2015 Special Olympics British Columbia Winter Games

Set be held in Kamloops February 19 to 21, the 2015 Special Olympics British Columbia Winter Games will feature 600 athletes from around the province going for gold in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing, and speed skating. SOBC athletes province-wide competed in Regional Qualifiers in 2014 to earn coveted spots in the 2015 Provincial Games. In Kamloops, athletes will compete for the chance to advance to the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where the participants will seek to qualify for the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. The curling, figure skating, and speed skating events will be hosted at McArthur Island Sports and Events Centre, and floor hockey events will be held in School District #73 schools. The alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing events will be hosted at Sun Peaks Resort. The Games will kick off with the Opening Ceremony on the evening of February 19 at the Tournament Capital Centre, where all the teams will get to march in proudly and be welcomed to Kamloops. To find out more and get involved, please use contact info and links below.
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2015 SOBC Games Office
Email: games@specialolympics.bc.ca
Phone: 250-828-3822
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McArthur Island Sports and Events Centre / School District #73 schools / Sun Peaks Resort / Tourname
Kamloops, British Columbia
CANADA

Feb 20 - 21 2015

State Basketball Competition

Join us February 20-21 at The Big House in Tavares, Florida as Special Olympics Florida teams compete from Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 in the 2014 Special Olympics Florida State Basketball Tournament. It will be sure to be an exciting display of courage and basketball skill. See you there!
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Akin Joseph
Email: akinjoseph@sofl.org
Phone: 352-243-9536
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The Big House
1544 Lane Park Cutoff Road

Tavares, Florida
UNITED STATES

Feb 20, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Super Grizzly Dip

Join us for the 16th Annual Super Grizzly Dip. The Griz Dip is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana athletes by taking an icy dip into freezing waters in Missoula. 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: (406) 216-5327
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University of Montana
Missoula, Montana
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

Feb 27 - 28 2015

Kansas City - Regional Basketball

Join us February 27-28 in Kansas City, Missouri for the Kansas City Regional Basketball Tournament. Basketball competition will be held at the following locations: Bell Prairie Elementary School; New Mark Middle School; Oak Park High School; Staley High School; Winnetonka High School. The Opening Ceremony will be held on Feb 27th and competition will start February 28th at 8 a.m. Attention volunteers! We need people to run check-in and serve as scorekeepers, awards assistants and individual skills assistants. No experience is necessary as we will provide training on site. Most shifts are four hours, and each volunteer receives a free T-shirt. Please use the link below to go to the Special Olympics Missouri for information on how to volunteer for this event.
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North Kansas City School District
Kansas City, Missouri
UNITED STATES

Feb 28, 2015
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Los Angeles Polar Plunge

The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and anyone to support people with intellectual disabilities by running (or pretending to jump) into the chilly waters at Marina "Mother's" Beach in Marina del Rey. A few hundred people are expected to weather the cold and plunge into 50-degree waters on February 28 to support Special Olympics. Each participant who raises a minimum of $50 gets a long sleeve shirt and can enjoy the festivities (either by taking the plunge or watching from the "Chicken Coop"). Raise more than $50, and you will have the opportunity to earn cool and fun prizes.
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Brandon Tanner
Email: btanner@sosc.org
Phone: 562-502-1100
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Mother's Beach
4101 Admiralty Way

Marina del Rey, California
UNITED STATES

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