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Latest News and Press Releases

Special Olympics Begins One-Year Countdown to 50th Anniversary

July 20, 2017

Chicago will host the Special Olympics movement’s 50th Anniversary global celebration events July 17 – 22, 2018.

Maria Gabriela Sigala of Venezuela joins Board of Directors

June 21, 2017

The Special Olympics International Board of Directors has elected a new member, Maria Gabriela Sigala, a leading philanthropist in Venezuela and former First Lady of Carabobo, Venezuela.

Special Olympics Founder to be Honored at The 2017 ESPYS on ABC

June 06, 2017

Eunice Kennedy Shriver dedicated her life to championing the rights and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities. Her legacy lives on through Special Olympics, the global movement she founded in 1968 that harnesses the transformative power of sports to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and celebrated members of society.

Events Around the World

  • Jul
    28
    South Africa - EKS Celebration
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    Fri Jul 28, 2017
    08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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    Mogwase
    North West
    South Africa

    South Africa - EKS Celebration

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    Fri Jul 28, 2017
    08:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Special Olympics South Africa athletes in the North West Province will be hosting an EKS day event to celebrate Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

    Contact information

    • Piet Seroke
      Special Olympics South Africa Football Champion
      078 417 3927
    Venue(s)
    location
    Reoleboge Special school
    2008 Unit 5, Mogwase 0314
    Mogwase, North West
    South Africa
    Reoleboge Special school
  • Jul
    29
    Family Health Forum
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    Sat Jul 29, 2017
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    location
    Durban
    Kwa Zulu Natal
    South Africa

    Family Health Forum

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    Sat Jul 29, 2017
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Sponsored by Lions Club International, the Family Health Forum (FHF) initiative is designed to engage families of those with intellectual disabilities (ID) in Special Olympics and offer an environment where parents and caregivers can gain direct access to health information, resources, and support.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Ningizimu Special School
    63 Kenyon Howden Rd, Montclair, Durban, 4004
    Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal
    South Africa
  • Aug
    01
    Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Experience, Presented by MLS Works and ESPN
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    Tue Aug 01, 2017
    05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
    location
    Bridgeview
    Illinois
    USA

    Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Experience, Presented by MLS Works and ESPN

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    Tue Aug 01, 2017
    05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Pre-selected athletes, teammates and coaches representing all 22 MLS Clubs will converge on Chicago, IL to participate in an East vs West MLS All-Star Unified soccer match.


    Venue(s)
    location
    Toyota Park
    7000 South Harlem Avenue
    Bridgeview, Illinois
    USA
    Home of the MLS Club Chicago Fire
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  • Aug 04 - Aug 06
    Nebraska Fall Games
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    Fri Aug 4 - Sun Aug 06, 2017
     
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    3 venues
    USA

    Nebraska Fall Games

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    Fri Aug 4 - Sun Aug 06, 2017
     

    Join us August 4 -6, in Lincoln Nebraska at various venues throughout the city as athletes from around the state compete in softball, tennis, bocce and golf.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Softball
    Mahoney Softball Complex
    70th and Fremont
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    USA
    location
    Soccer, Tennis, and Bocce
    Abbott Sports Complex
    7600 N 70th St
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    USA
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  • Aug
    05
    District Competition Mopani
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    Sat Aug 05, 2017
    08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    location
    Giyani
    Limpopo
    South Africa

    District Competition Mopani

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    Sat Aug 05, 2017
    08:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    The Mopani District will be hosting district competition games st Giyani Stadium, Limpopo.

    Contact information

    • Mr Maduwa
      072 777 2841
    Venue(s)
    location
    Giyani Stadium
    Giyani-A, Giyani, 0826
    Giyani, Limpopo
    South Africa
  • Aug
    06
    Danang International Marathon 2017
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    Sun Aug 06, 2017
    04:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    location
    Danang City
    Son Tra Dist
    Vietnam

    Danang International Marathon 2017

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    Sun Aug 06, 2017
    04:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    There will be a Healthy Athletes Clinic happening at the Danang International Marathon in Biendong Park, Danang City, Vietnam on Sunday morning.


    Related Link(s):More Details

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Bien Dong Park
    Vo Nguyen Giap Street
    Danang City, Son Tra Dist
    Vietnam
  • Aug
    07
    Garden State Unified Golf Classic
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    Mon Aug 07, 2017
    09:30 AM - 06:00 PM
    location
    Mount Laurel
    New Jersey
    USA

    Garden State Unified Golf Classic

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    Mon Aug 07, 2017
    09:30 AM - 06:00 PM

    The Garden State Unified Golf Classic is an 18-hole golf tournament to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey. This inaugural event will benefit the over 25,000 Special Olympics New Jersey athletes who compete year-round in more than 260 competition events across 24 Olympic-type sports, as well as provide health programs, leadership opportunities and Unified programs–all completely free of charge. Our Special Olympics athletes will be playing alongside many of the golfers during the course of this tournament.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Laurel Creek Country Club
    701 Centerton Road
    Mount Laurel, New Jersey
    USA
  • Aug 07 - Aug 12
    Special Olympics Great Britain 2017 National Games
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    Mon Aug 7 - Sat Aug 12, 2017
     
    location
    Sheffield S2 4SU
    Great Britain

    Special Olympics Great Britain 2017 National Games

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    Mon Aug 7 - Sat Aug 12, 2017
     

    The next Special Olympics Great Britain’s National Summer Games is the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities of 2017. As our flagship event, it is held every 4 years and represents a huge opportunity to showcase the abilities of children and adults with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to compete at a national level, experience the personal achievement this brings, as well as enable them to make friends, travel and socialise.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Sheffield United FC
    Bramall Lane
    Sheffield S2 4SU
    Great Britain
  • Aug
    09
    Unified Ladies Tournament
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    Wed Aug 09, 2017
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    location
    Mogwase
    North West
    South Africa

    Unified Ladies Tournament

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    Wed Aug 09, 2017
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Special Olympics South Africa Athletes from Holy Family Combined school will be hosting a Unified ladies football tournament

    Contact information

    • Piet Seroke
      Special Olympics South Africa Football Champion
      078 417 3927
    Venue(s)
    location
    Holy Family Sport Ground
    Mogwase Unit 4, 0314
    Mogwase, North West
    South Africa
  • Aug
    12
    Healthy Athletes Screening
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    Sat Aug 12, 2017
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    location
    Giyani
    Limpopo
    South Africa

    Healthy Athletes Screening

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    Sat Aug 12, 2017
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® program, offers health services and information to athletes in dire need. In all, more than 1.7 million free health examinations have been conducted in more than 130 countries. In the process, Special Olympics has become the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities.

    Contact information

    • Mr Maduwa
      Provincial Coordinator
      0727772841
    Venue(s)
    location
    Giyani Unigaz Hall
    Giyani, Limpopo
    South Africa
  • Aug 15 - Aug 18
    Coaches Training
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    Tue Aug 15 - Fri Aug 18, 2017
     
    location
    Mhluzi
    Middelburg - MP -- North West
    South Africa

    Coaches Training

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    Tue Aug 15 - Fri Aug 18, 2017
     

    Special Olympics South Africa National Office will be hosting a coaches training.

    Contact information

    • Kgao Mogatle
      Training Organiser
      0825196678
    Venue(s)
    location
    Reatlegile Special School
    365 Balai St
    Mhluzi, Middelburg - MP -- North West
    South Africa