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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.

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Rebecca Simon
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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

  • Sep 23 - Sep 29
    Middle East - North Africa Regional Academy Leadership Workshop
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    Sat Sep 23 - Fri Sep 29, 2017
     
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    Middle East - North Africa Regional Academy Leadership Workshop

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    Sat Sep 23 - Fri Sep 29, 2017
     

    The Academy workshop will be held in Cairo from 23-29 September with the participation of 30 leaders. It will provide the Middle East - North Africa Program leaders with the inspiration, direction and tools to effectively lead themselves, others and their organizations. The syllabus provided is designed to take the participants through a range of topics including leadership, influence and The training should result in highly motivated, able leaders who are proactive and innovative in their leadership ability, inclusion, planning and execution.

  • Sep 27 - Sep 30
    Special Olympics Asia Pacific - Train the Trainer - Netball
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    Wed Sep 27 - Sat Sep 30, 2017
     
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    2 venues
    Singapore

    Special Olympics Asia Pacific - Train the Trainer - Netball

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    Wed Sep 27 - Sat Sep 30, 2017
     

    A Train the Trainer program in Netball to equip coaches. Through the course, participants will be empowered with the necessary skills, knowledge, information and gain on-ground experience working with athletes with intellectual disabilities where they can adopt and replicate strategies to strengthen future Netball development programs.

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    Kallang Netball Centre
    6 Stadium Blvd, Singapore 397797
    Singapore
    Singapore
    location
    Toa Payoh Sports Hall
    297 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319389
    Singapore
    Singapore
  • Sep 27 - Sep 28
    Special Olympics Cambodia National Games
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    Wed Sep 27 - Thu Sep 28, 2017
     
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    Phnom Penh 12253
    Cambodia

    Special Olympics Cambodia National Games

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    Wed Sep 27 - Thu Sep 28, 2017
     

    Join us 27-28 at Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as Special Olympics athletes compete and show their skill in various sports competition.

    Venue(s)
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    Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium
    Charles de Gaulle Blvd (217)
    Phnom Penh 12253
    Cambodia
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  • Sep 29 - Oct 01
    Special Olympics Michigan State Fall Games
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    Fri Sep 29 - Sun Oct 01, 2017
     
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    Ann Arbor
    Michigan
    USA

    Special Olympics Michigan State Fall Games

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    Fri Sep 29 - Sun Oct 01, 2017
     

    The State Fall Games presented by Real Estate One offers a high profile, exciting event for approximately 1,600 Special Olympics Michigan athletes to showcase their skills in Flag Football, Soccer, Cycling, Softball, Golf and Kayaking


    Contact information
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    Sheraton Ann Arbor
    3200 Boardwalk St.
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    USA
    Sheraton Ann Arbor is the host hotel for the State Fall Games and is home to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Healthy Athletes screenings, Young Athletes, souvenirs, special events and delegation housing.
  • Oct
    04
    Unified Champion Schools Youth Activation Summit
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    Wed Oct 04, 2017
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    Columbia
    South Carolina
    USA

    Unified Champion Schools Youth Activation Summit

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    Wed Oct 04, 2017

    Special Olympics South Carolina will host more than 400 middle and high school students from Unified Champion Schools statewide for a one-day leadership conference. The students, with and without intellectual disabilities, will explore ways of leading the Unified Champion School movement in their schools and communities while connecting with other youth leaders who share in this movement.


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    Columbia Convention Center
    1101 Lincoln St
    Columbia, South Carolina
    USA
  • Oct
    13
    Unified Schools Middle School Youth Summit
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    Fri Oct 13, 2017
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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    Farmington
    Minnesota
    USA

    Unified Schools Middle School Youth Summit

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    Fri Oct 13, 2017
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Students are going to experience opportunities to: Embrace each other’s differences and celebrates success in various situations: Learn about strategies to overcoming adversity; Foster creative solutions to solve problems for all abilities by using teamwork and communication: Develop leadership traits in how to lead a team in a way that is respectful, encouraging, and inclusive.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
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    Farmington High School
    20655 Flagstaff Ave
    Farmington, Minnesota
    USA
  • Oct
    14
    Unified Bowling Nebraska (East)
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    Sat Oct 14, 2017
    10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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    Omaha
    Nebraska
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    Unified Bowling Nebraska (East)

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    Sat Oct 14, 2017
    10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Join us on Saturday, October 14th at Maplewood Lanes in Omaha, Nebraska as athletes and their Unified partners compete in Unified Bowling competition.


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    Venue(s)
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    Maplewood Lanes
    3030 N 101st St
    Omaha, Nebraska
    USA
  • Oct
    14
    North Las Vegas Police & First Responders Memorial Basketball
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    Sat Oct 14, 2017
    08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
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    North Las Vegas
    Nevada
    USA

    North Las Vegas Police & First Responders Memorial Basketball

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    Sat Oct 14, 2017
    08:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    It will be the battle of the badges when Law Enforcement, First Responders and the community take to the basketball courts to earn bragging rights as the best basketball team in all of Las Vegas!  Teams are  limited to 3 - 5 players and registration is only $30 per person.  Teams are encouraged to raise additional funds and those who raise a minimum of $1,000 will have a Special Olympics athlete play on their team. Spectators are welcome and will be asked to make a donation at the door.


    Venue(s)
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    Legacy High School
    150 W Deer Springs
    North Las Vegas, Nevada
    USA
  • Oct
    15
    Unified Basketball Matches
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    Sun Oct 15, 2017
    09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
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    2 venues
    USA

    Unified Basketball Matches

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    Sun Oct 15, 2017
    09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Unified Basketball Matches will be held at Sumner Academy, 1610 N 8th St, Kansas City, Kansas and Washburn Rural High School, 5900 SW 61st St, Topeka, Kansas, on October 15. Please contact Clint Armistead at armisteadc@ksso.org for more information


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
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    Sumner Academy
    1610 N 8th St
    Kansas City, Kansas
    USA
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    Washburn Rural High School
    5900 SW 61st Street
    Topeka, Kansas
    USA
  • Oct 19 - Oct 22
    Special Olympics North America Tennis Championship
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    Thu Oct 19 - Sun Oct 22, 2017
     
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    Hilton Head Island
    South Carolina
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    Special Olympics North America Tennis Championship

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    Thu Oct 19 - Sun Oct 22, 2017
     

    Athletes will come from around North America to compete in Levels 1-5 in Singles, Doubles and Unified match play. Van der Meer Tennis Center in the Shipyard Plantation on Hilton Head Island is hosting the event Oct 19-22.

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    Venue(s)
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    Van der Meer Tennis Center
    Po Box 5902
    Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
    USA
  • Oct 20 - Oct 22
    State Fall Classic
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    Fri Oct 20 - Sun Oct 22, 2017
     
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    Carencro
    Louisiana
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    State Fall Classic

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    Fri Oct 20 - Sun Oct 22, 2017
     

    This is an event for all Areas. Male and female athletes from across the state. Join us October 20-22 at Pelican Park and Robicheaux Center in Carencro, Louisiana as our athletes compete and show their skill in aquatics, horseshoes, and softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. Sign up today to play, coach, or volunteer for this event.


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    Venue(s)
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    Pelican Park/Robicheaux Center
    Carencro, Louisiana
    USA