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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

Steve Nash, Yao Ming, Andre Drummond, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker Named Honorary Coaches for Fifth Annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game at NBA All-Star 2016

2016-02-09

This year’s demonstration game will feature 12 Special Olympics athletes from around the world playing alongside NBA legends and WNBA legends/players.

Safilo Announces New Three-Year Commitment to Special Olympics at Its Global Leadership Meeting

2016-02-02

Safilo renews its support of Special Olympics with the donation of over 160,000 spectacles and sunglasses per year up to 2018 for the athletes of Special Olympics.

Top Snowboarders Defend Gold at Unified Race at X Games in Aspen

2016-01-29

Snowboarders Henry Meece of Special Olympics Oregon and U.S. Olympian Chris Klug captured the gold at the second Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Race at X Games in Aspen Thursday. 

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Events Around the World

  • Feb
    14
    Central Basketball League
    Feb 14, 2016
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Lawrence Township
    New Jersey
    Central Basketball League

    Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination on the court during a day of basketball competition.

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    Feb 14, 2016
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Notre Dame High School
    Lawrence Township, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    14
    South Basketball League
    Feb 14, 2016
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    West Deptford
    New Jersey
    South Basketball League

    Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination on the court during a day of basketball competition.

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    Feb 14, 2016
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    South Basketball League
    West Deptford, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    14
    East Basketball League
    Feb 14, 2016
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Old Bridge
    New Jersey
    East Basketball League

    Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination on the court during a day of basketball competition.

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    Feb 14, 2016
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Carl Sandburg Middle School
    Old Bridge, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    14
    University of Maryland Beauty & the Beast
    Feb 14, 2016
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    College Park
    Maryland
    University of Maryland Beauty & the Beast

    Join the University of Maryland Gymnastics and Wrestling programs for the second annual Beauty and the Beast event on Sunday, February 14th at 2:00pm! The GymTerps will be taking on Big Ten rival Rutgers at the XFINITY Center as the Terps Wrestling team will be dueling George Mason at the same time, on the same floor! To honor the hard work of DC Special Olympics athletes, all members of DC Special Olympics can RSVP and participate in team introductions with the Terps! Admission is FREE! RSVP below.

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    Contact: Devin Rote
    Email: drote@terpmail.umd.edu
    Phone: 301-502-3884

    Feb 14, 2016
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    XFINITY Center
    8500 Paint Branch Drive
    College Park, Maryland
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    14
    North Basketball League
    Feb 14, 2016
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Edison
    New Jersey
    North Basketball League

    Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination on the court during a day of basketball competition.

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    Feb 14, 2016
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Woodrow Wilson Middle School
    Edison, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    18
    Nutrition Seminar: Learn About Labels & How to Spot Hidden Sugars
    Feb 18, 2016
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Lawrenceville
    New Jersey
    Nutrition Seminar: Learn About Labels & How to Spot Hidden Sugars

    Join us for the first session in this four-part Nutrition Seminar Series, hosted be Samantha Nuzio, RD from ShopRite/Wakefern. In this session, attendees will learn how to read food labels and avoid all of the unnecessary sugar. Open to all Special Olympics New Jersey athletes, coaches, family and friends. Reservation required!

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    Contact: Andrea Picariello
    Email: ap@sonj.org

    Feb 18, 2016
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    SONJ Sports Complex
    Lawrenceville, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    19
    Special Olympics DC-Power Lunch Plunge
    Feb 19, 2016
    11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    Washington
    District of Columbia
    Special Olympics DC-Power Lunch Plunge

    Be one of only 375 people who will be able to “take the plunge” in the heart of the District on the lawn at the historic Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square! Every Power Lunch Plunger will receive a commemorative and unique Polar Plunge keepsake. **Individuals must raise a minimum $1,000.**Teams must raise a minimum of $2,500. NOTE: Individuals or teams who fail to meet the minimum by February 17th will be moved to one of the other 2016 D.C. Polar Plunge dates/locations of your choice. With the rest of the plunges occurring after this date, those who don’t make their goal have 3 different dates to choose from.

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    Contact: Kraig Makohus
    Email: kmakohus@specialolympicsdc.org
    Phone: 202-408-2640

    Feb 19, 2016
    11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square
    801 K Street, NW
    Washington, District of Columbia
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    19
    University of Michigan Polar Plunge
    Feb 19, 2016
    6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Ann Arbor
    Michigan
    University of Michigan Polar Plunge

    Show your Wolverine pride! Take advantage of this rare opportunity to take the plunge in The Big House, the largest stadium in the United States that has stood strong since 1927! The University of Michigan Polar Plunge will take place on Friday, February 19th inside Michigan Stadium - The Big House Under the Lights. Registration will begin at 6:30 pm. outside of “The Tunnel”. The parade of costumes will take place down the tunnel and onto the field! The plunge will begin at 8:00 pm. The Awards and Post Plunge Party will begin immediately following the last plunger. This is a great opportunity for Special Olympics Michigan and the University of Michigan! We are partnering to provide plungers an experience of a lifetime in THE BIG HOUSE! Plungers will suit up like a Wolverine when they change in the locker rooms. They will also get the opportunity to walk through the tunnel and take the plunge ON the field, inside a pool.

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    Contact: Sarah Lesch
    Email: henry2s@cmich.edu
    Phone: 734-476-0701

    Feb 19, 2016
    6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Michigan Stadium
    1201 South Main Street
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    20
    Southeast Regional Basketball Tournament
    Feb 20, 2016
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Waterford Twp.
    Michigan
    Southeast Regional Basketball Tournament

    Want to experience basketball competition in its purest form? Come to Waterford Mott High School in Waterford Twp., Michigan on February 20th to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the playing field. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

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    Contact: Rick Brady
    Email: brady1rp@cmich.edu
    Phone: 248-688-9603

    Feb 20, 2016
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Waterford Mott High School
    1151 Scott Lake Rd
    Waterford Twp., Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    20
    Basketball Skills Tournament
    Feb 20, 2016
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    East Providence
    Rhode Island
    Basketball Skills Tournament

    Fifty athletes from across the state of Rhode Island, will participate in a basketball skills competition at Providence Country Day school in East Providence on Saturday, February 20th. Opening Ceremonies will be held at 9 am.

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    Contact: Chris Hopkins
    Email: chris@specialolympicsri.org
    Phone: 401-349-4900

    Feb 20, 2016
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Providence Country Day School
    660 Waterman Avenue
    East Providence, Rhode Island
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    20
    Ralph Matzeder (Leavenworth) Special Olympics Invitational Basketball Tournament
    Feb 20, 2016
    Leavenworth
    Kansas
    Ralph Matzeder (Leavenworth) Special Olympics Invitational Basketball Tournament

    Join us February 20th in Leavenworth, Kansas as our athletes compete and show their skill in basketball competition. 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: Vicki Lozenski
    Email: Vicki.Lozenski@usd453.org

    Feb 20, 2016
    Leavenworth, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
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