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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

International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB) and Special Olympics Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Inclusive Sport

August 22, 2016

FIVB and Special Olympics Make Commitment in Rio to Strengthen Unified Volleyball

OWN Launches Inaugural "SuperSoul 100" List Celebrating 100 Individuals Using Their Power to Move the World Foward

August 04, 2016

Social OWN Launches Inaugural "SuperSoul 100" List Celebrating 100 Individuals Using Their Power to Move the World Foward This SuperSoul 100 list brings together members that span all ages, ethnic groups, industries, and faiths.

MLS WORKS and ESPN to Host 3rd Annual Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Match

July 20, 2016

Special Olympics Unified Sports soccer players to compete in East vs. West match at Avaya Stadium in celebration of the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game festivities.

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Christy Weir
Director, Global Media and Public Relations
+1 202 824-0307
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Health Programs
Karl Hejlik 
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Events Around the World

  • Sep
    01
    18th Special Olympics Iran national games (
    Sep 01, 2016 - Sep 02, 2016
     
    Rasht
    IRAN
    18th Special Olympics Iran national games (

    200 athletes from 10 sub-program will compete in cycling, floor ball, aquatics and athletics. 100 volunteer and coaches, 100 family members and 35 VIPs will participate in the events. This is the 18th Special Olympics Games.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Ali Kashi
    Email: ssrc.kashi@gmail.com
    Phone: +989125455802

    Sep 01, 2016 - Sep 02, 2016
     
    Gilan University - physical education hall
    Tehran road
    Rasht, Gilan
    IRAN
  • Sep
    10
    North Soccer League
    Sep 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Clark
    New Jersey
    North Soccer League

    Join us as our athletes compete and show their skill in soccer competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports.

    For more information

    Sep 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Oak Ridge Park
    Clark, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    10
    Central Soccer League
    Sep 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Lawrenceville
    New Jersey
    Central Soccer League

    Join us as our athletes compete and show their skill in soccer competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports.

    For more information

    Sep 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Rider University
    Lawrenceville, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    10
    Acadiana Area Softball & Horseshoes Invitational
    Sep 10, 2016
    09:30 AM - 12:00 AM
    Lafayette
    Louisiana
    Acadiana Area Softball & Horseshoes Invitational

    Join us 9/10/2016 at Brown Park in Lafayette, LA as our athletes compete and show their skill in Softball and Horseshoes competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. This is an event that is open for all unified softball teams, t-ball teams (traditional or unified), and horseshoes athletes from around the state. Horseshoes will be offered in singles, doubles, and unified doubles. Please contact terihagius@yahoo.com if you have any interest in joining this event.

    For more information
    Contact: Teri Hagius
    Email: terihagius@yahoo.com

    Sep 10, 2016
    09:30 AM - 12:00 AM
    Brown Park
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    10
    Southwest Regional Soccer Tournament
    Sep 10, 2016
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Caledonia
    Michigan
    Southwest Regional Soccer Tournament

    The annual Special Olympics Michigan Southwest Regional Soccer Tournament is scheduled for Saturday September 10, 2016 with competition taking place from 9:00am - 2:00pm. Paris Ridge Elementary in Caledonia will play host to this year's event as constructions has forced us to move the event from it's previous home. We are now taking volunteer registrations for the event with the follow spots available: Registration, Awards, Medical, Scorekeeper, Timekeeper and Referee. For more information about the Southwest Regional Soccer Tournament, or to volunteer, please contact Nick Caudle, SOMI Manager of Sports & Training.

    For more information
    Contact: Nick Caudle
    Email: caudl1n@cmich.edu

    Sep 10, 2016
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Paris Ridge Elementary
    4690 Paris Ridge Dr.
    Caledonia, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    10
    Beach Bump
    Sep 10, 2016
    08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Brigantine
    New Jersey
    Beach Bump

    Serve up a great end to summer and join us for Beach Bump! Beach Bump is a 6-on-6 sand volleyball tournament to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey. This co-ed tournament offers a recreation, competitive and unified division. In addition to supporting more than 25,000 athletes throughout New Jersey, you'll get to extend your summer just a little bit longer at this fun-filled event!

    For more information
    Contact: Ashlee Cortes
    Email: amc@sonj.org
    Phone: (609) 896-8000

    Sep 10, 2016
    08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Laguna Grill
    1400 Ocean Avenue
    Brigantine, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    10
    South Soccer League
    Sep 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    West Deptford
    New Jersey
    South Soccer League

    Join us as our athletes compete and show their skill in soccer competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports.

    For more information

    Sep 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    RiverWinds Community Center
    West Deptford, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    10
    Bayouland Area Aquatics Invitational
    Sep 10, 2016
    12:00 AM
    Luling
    Louisiana
    Bayouland Area Aquatics Invitational

    Join us September 10th at Ellington Swim & Fitness Club in Luling, LA as our athletes compete and show their skill in Aquatics competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.This is an invitational event for aquatics athletes in the state. Concessions will be sold at the event. Please email athlete registration forms to santacruztee@msn.com or ttheriot@stcharlesgov.net

    For more information

    Sep 10, 2016
    12:00 AM
    Ellington Swim & Fitness Club
    207 Angus Drive
    Luling, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    10
    Southwest Regional Kayaking Tournament
    Sep 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Vandercook Lake
    Michigan
    Southwest Regional Kayaking Tournament

    Join us September 10th at Vandercook Lake County Park in Vandercook Lake, MI as our athletes compete and show their skill in the Southwest Michigan Regional Kayaking Tournament. All Area's invited to participate. This will be a State qualifying event, all races will be timed and submitted to the State Office for the Fall Games. Events will include male and female 200 and 500 meter races, male, female and unified tandem 200 and 500 meters races. Contact Randy Coleman (517-740-3887 or rcoleman.area.19@gmail.com) for more information and entry forms.

    For more information
    Contact: Randy Coleman
    Email: rcoleman.area.19@gmail.com
    Phone: 517-740-3887

    Sep 10, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Vandercook Lake County Park
    551 Avenue A, Vandercook Lake, Summit Township
    Vandercook Lake, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    11
    Flag Football League
    Sep 11, 2016 - Oct 16, 2016
     
    Lawrenceville
    New Jersey
    Flag Football League

    Join us Sept 11 - Oct 16 every Sunday from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Lawrenceville, New Jersey as our athletes compete and show their skill in Flag Football competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

    For more information
    Contact: Angela Huggins
    Email: akh@sonj.org
    Phone: 609-896-8000

    Sep 11, 2016 - Oct 16, 2016
     
    SONJ Sports Complex
    1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way
    Lawrenceville, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    11
    Flag Football League
    Sep 11, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Lawrenceville
    New Jersey
    Flag Football League

    Join us as our athletes compete and show their skill. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports.

    For more information

    Sep 11, 2016
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex
    Lawrenceville, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
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