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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

Special Olympics and WWE® Announce International Partnership

June 27, 2016

Special Olympics and WWE today announced an international partnership to help create change through sports.

Special Olympics Receives Up to $22.5 Million from the CDC to Build Inclusive Health Programming

June 21, 2016

Special Olympics announced today that it will receive up to $22.5 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over the course of the next 5 years, including $4.5 million in 2016-17.

Breaking Down Barriers: Special Olympics Reaches 1.2 Million Participants in Unified Sports

June 08, 2016

Today, Special Olympics announced a significant milestone in its nearly 50-year history thanks to the generous support of ESPN, the Department of Education, Kim Samuel and the Samuel Family Foundation, Lions Club International, and many others. Special Olympics surpassed its goal of registering 1 million Unified Sports participants, by registering 1.2 million participants, including athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and teammates (individuals without intellectual disabilities) in Special Olympics Unified Sports®.

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Christy Weir
Director, Global Media and Public Relations
+1 202 824-0307
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Social Media
Ryan Eades
Director, Digital & Social Engagement
+1 202 824-0292
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Twitter: @ryan2499
Health Programs
Lynn Erickson
Manager, Health Communications
+1 202-824-0247
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Events Around the World

  • Jul
    01
    LETRide Superior
    Jul 01, 2016 - Jul 04, 2016
     
    Marquette
    Michigan
    LETRide Superior

    The LETRide Superior takes place July 1-4, 2016. Registration is $100 per rider or $150 for a rider with passenger. Includes a ride shirt and challenge coin. Incentive levels available. Stops are in Marquette, MI on July 1, Hurley, WI on July 2 and Thunder Bay, ON on July 3. Lodging and personal costs are not included. Lodging is also available on June 30 and July 4 at the Quality Inn & Suites Bay Front, Sault Ste. Marie, ON at a reduced rate. Registration is made through PayPal by selecting to send money then entering: mitorchride@gmail.com in the email portion and the proper funds in the box. Next page is payment method. Enter shirt sizes in the comments section. Once payment has been received, participant will receive an email with hotel and route information.

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    Contact: Carl White
    Email: white.carl62@gmail.com
    Phone: 800-644-6404

    Jul 01, 2016 - Jul 04, 2016
     
    Michigan Wisconsin and Ontario
    Marquette, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Jul
    04
    Statue of Liberty 5K
    Jul 04, 2016
    06:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Jersey City
    New Jersey
    Statue of Liberty 5K

    Before the BBQ's, parades and fireworks...RUN with Lady Liberty! Join Special Olympics New Jersey for the only official race around the Statue of Liberty. Registration is limited to 500 runners, so reserve your spot today.

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    Contact: David Reed
    Email: jdr@sonj.org

    Jul 04, 2016
    06:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Liberty State Park
    Jersey City, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jul
    07
    Motorcycle Skills Training & Competition
    Jul 07, 2016 - Jul 09, 2016
     
    Wayne
    New Jersey
    Motorcycle Skills Training & Competition

    Join us for this multi-day fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey. Law Enforcement and Civilian Divisions will compete in this Motorcycle Skills competition which is conducted by members of the NJ Motorcycle Officers Training Association. Competition is $60/person. Competition schedule is as follows - July 7-8, Practice and Eliminations / July 8 (6:30pm), Competitors BBQ / July 9, Finals / July 9 (7:00pm), Competitors Awards Banquet. Awards Banquet is $10/competitors and $25/guests. Contact Tommy Johnson at tjohn710@yahoo.com for competition information. We are also looking for merchandise vendors for July 9 from 9am to 1pm and is $50/space. Contact Tom Zapf at Tdog58@verizon.net for more vendor info.

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    Contact: Sue Parsons
    Email: sp@sonj.org
    Phone: 609-896-8000

    Jul 07, 2016 - Jul 09, 2016
     
    Willowbrook Mall
    1400 Willowbrook
    Wayne, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jul
    09
    Motorcycle Run for Special Olympics
    Jul 09, 2016
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Rochelle Park
    New Jersey
    Motorcycle Run for Special Olympics

    Registration for the 50 mile escorted motorcycle ride will begin at 8:00am at the Bergen County Harley-Davidson. The rides departs at 9:15 am and ends at the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, NJ where Motorcycle Skills Final Competition will be in progress. Advanced mail-in registration discount is $25/rider, $15/passenger. Onsite registration is $30/rider and $20/passenger. Contact tdog58@verizon.net for Advance Registration Form.

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    Contact: Sue Parsons
    Email: sp@sonj.org
    Phone: 609-896-8000

    Jul 09, 2016
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Bergen County Harley-Davidson
    124 Essex Street
    Rochelle Park, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jul
    09
    12th Annual Rockford Area Kids Triathlon
    Jul 09, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Rockford
    Michigan
    12th Annual Rockford Area Kids Triathlon

    Kids ages 17 and under will swim, bike, and run in the 12 Annual Kids Triathlon. Registration runs from 8am-11am. First race starts at 9am. Registration fee is $20 which includes a t-shirt. Free for Special Olympics Michigan athletes! For full event details: www.rocktri.com. All funds raise benefit Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Michigan.

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    Contact: F/Lt Kevin Sweeney
    Email: sweeneyk@michigan.gov
    Phone: 517-719-1195

    Jul 09, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Rockford High School
    4100 Kroes Ave
    Rockford, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Jul
    09
    LETR Adrian Motorcycle Ride
    Jul 09, 2016
    10:30 AM - 05:00 PM
    Adrian
    Michigan
    LETR Adrian Motorcycle Ride

    The Adrian Motorcycle Ride takes place July 9th. Starting in the parking lot of the Madison Township Police/Fire Station and ending at Sand Creek High School. The route will go through Ohio, the Irish Hills of Michigan and back to Sand Creek. $25 per rider and includes a LETR shirt if registered by June 17th!

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    Contact: Rich Gallatin
    Email: gallatinr@michigan.gov
    Phone: 517-265-3900

    Jul 09, 2016
    10:30 AM - 05:00 PM
    Madison Twp Police Station and Fire Station
    4008 S. Adrian Hwy
    Adrian, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Jul
    09
    South Central Regional Softball League
    Jul 09, 2016
    08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Andover
    Kansas
    South Central Regional Softball League

    Join us July 9 at 13th Street Park in Andover, Kansas as our athletes compete in the South Central Softball League. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

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    Contact: Ali Barnard
    Email: barnarda@ksso.org
    Phone: 316-253-4202

    Jul 09, 2016
    08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    13th Street Park
    1008 E 13th St
    Andover, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • Jul
    09
    Metro Regional Softball Tournament
    Jul 09, 2016
    07:30 AM - 04:30 PM
    Basehor
    Kansas
    Metro Regional Softball Tournament

    Join us July 9 at the Field of Dreams complex in Basehor, Kansas as our athletes compete in the Metro Softball Tournament. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

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    Contact: Chris Burt
    Email: burtc@ksso.org
    Phone: 913-789-0337

    Jul 09, 2016
    07:30 AM - 04:30 PM
    Field of Dreams
    14333 Fairmount Rd
    Basehor, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • Jul
    16
    LETR Houghton Lake Fire Truck Pull
    Jul 16, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Houghton Lake
    Michigan
    LETR Houghton Lake Fire Truck Pull

    The LETR Houghton Lake Fire Truck Pull takes place July 16, 2016 in the parking lot of The Home Depot. Teams are made up of 10 people at $500 a team/$50 per person. Registration starts at 9 am and the pull begins at 10 am. All money raised supports Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Michigan.

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    Contact: Tpr. Grant Guzikowski
    Email: guzikowskig@michigan.gov
    Phone: 989-948-0676

    Jul 16, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    The Home Depot
    Houghton Lake, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Jul
    16
    South Central Regional Softball
    Jul 16, 2016
    08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Andover
    Kansas
    South Central Regional Softball

    Join us July 16 at 13th Street Park in Andover, Kansas as our athletes compete in the South Central Softball Tournament. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

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    Contact: Ali Barnard
    Email: barnarda@ksso.org
    Phone: 316-253-4202

    Jul 16, 2016
    08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    13th Street Sports Park
    1008 E 13th St
    Andover, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • Jul
    17
    The Kim Källström Trophy
    Jul 17, 2016 - Jul 21, 2016
     
    Gothenburg
    SWEDEN
    The Kim Källström Trophy

    The sixth edition of Kim Källström Trophy will be played between 17 and 21 July 2016. 30 teams, including Unified teams, from all over the world are expected to compete. The Kim Källström Trophy is a co-operation between Gothia Cup, Special Olympics and Swedish national player Kim Källström.

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    Email: info@gothiacup.se
    Phone: +46 (0) 31-50 67 80

    Jul 17, 2016 - Jul 21, 2016
     
    Heden Playing Centre
    Gothenburg
    SWEDEN
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