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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

MetLife Partners with Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity to Launch First EMEA Community Service Week

May 23, 2016

MetLife announces partnerships with Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity that will provide employees across its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) markets with the opportunity to volunteer in community projects.

ESPN and Special Olympics Reach New Programming and Unified Sports® Sponsorship Agreements

May 18, 2016

ESPN’s Global Presenting Sponsorship of Special Olympics Unified Sports® has been renewed and expanded. ESPN will be the Official Media Partner through 2019 including Special Olympic World Games and Special Olympics USA Games, plus deliver additional year-round coverage and content.

Seattle to Host 2018 USA Games; Most Significant Sporting Event to Come to Seattle since 1990 Goodwill Games

May 12, 2016

Seattle to Host 2018 USA Games Social Seattle to Host 2018 USA Games; Most Significant Sporting Event to Come to Seattle since 1990 Goodwill Games Special Olympics announced today that Seattle, Washington has been selected to host the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, the national games fo

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Events Around the World

  • May
    26
    Statewide 2016 Summer Games
    May 26, 2016
    12:00 AM
    Arlington
    Texas
    Statewide 2016 Summer Games

    There are many exciting volunteer opportunities at Summer Games, from cheering at the finish line on the track to having fun with athletes between competitions at Athlete Village to dancing the night away at the Victory Dance. You’ll never forget your experience at Summer Games – you’ll be inspired and changed for the better.

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    Contact: Sidny Harker
    Email: sharker@sotx.org
    Phone: 512-835-9873

    May 26, 2016
    12:00 AM
    UT Arlington
    Arlington, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    26
    Area 20 LETR Final Leg 2016
    May 26, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    San Antonio
    Texas
    Area 20 LETR Final Leg 2016

    Law enforcement agencies from the San Antonio area will run the Flame of Hope from the community to Arlington, Texas for the 2016 Summer Games on May 27, 2016.

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    Contact: Anna Twitty
    Email: atwitty@sotx.org
    Phone: 210-530-9898

    May 26, 2016
    09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Coca-Cola Distributors
    1 Coca-Cola Pl
    San Antonio, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    26
    UEFA Champions Festival
    May 26, 2016
    06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
    Rome
    ITALY
    UEFA Champions Festival

    Every year UEFA host a four day festival celebrating the best of the beautiful game of soccer. And each year this event includes a 5-a-side tournament between Special Olympics footballers. The purpose is to demonstrate to the European football communities the skills and capabilities of athletes with intelletual disabilities. The 2016 event will take place in the stunning setting of the courtyard of the Castello Sforzesco in Rome, Italy. On May 26th, 30 athletes will play on a 5-a-side astro turf pitch set up there. This free four day event includes entertainment, music and football themed events. There will be photo exhibition of the best football photography from across the region. It will include images from Special Olympics events.

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    Contact: Alessandra Sanna
    Email: alessandrasanna@hotmail.com

    May 26, 2016
    06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
    Courtyard of the Castello Sforzesco
    Rome
    ITALY
  • May
    28
    Special Olympics Bahamas National Track & Field Games
    May 28, 2016
    09:30 AM - 03:30 PM
    Nassau
    BAHAMAS
    Special Olympics Bahamas National Track & Field Games

    Join us May 28th at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas as our athletes from New Providence (Nassau), Abaco, Grand Bahama and Eleuthera compete and show their skill in athletics competition (track & field). 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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    Email: amanda@specialolympicsbahamas.org

    May 28, 2016
    09:30 AM - 03:30 PM
    Thomas A. Robinson Stadium
    Nassau
    BAHAMAS
  • May
    29
    Cop on Top for Special Olympics Iowa
    May 29, 2016
    Altoona, Ankeny, Des Moines
    Iowa
    Cop on Top for Special Olympics Iowa

    Through Cop on Top help and support Special Olympics Iowa athletes May 29,2016 in Altoona, Ankeny, and Des Moines. Law enforcement officers and volunteers will be stationed outside of popular retail or grocery stores. (ALL DAY)

    For more information
    Phone: 515-986-5520

    May 29, 2016
    Altoona, Ankeny, Des Moines , Iowa
    UNITED STATES
  • May
    31
    Anthony's "Gives Back" to NJ LETR
    May 31, 2016
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Fair Lawn
    New Jersey
    Anthony's "Gives Back" to NJ LETR

    Come eat at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza and tell your server you are dining to support Special Olympics New Jersey. Anthony's will donate 20% of your dine-in or carry-out sales, so you can enjoy a great meal AND help support more than 25,000 athletes throughout New Jersey.

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    Contact: Mark Distler
    Phone: 551-486-3518

    May 31, 2016
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
    2101 Promenade Blvd.
    Fair Lawn , New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    01
    Video Spin Class
    Jun 01, 2016
    07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Closter
    New Jersey
    Video Spin Class

    The Northern Valley PBA 233 Torch Run is sponsoring a spin class fundraiser at Core Fitness Center in Closter. Bring the coupon (click on More Details) and a $20 donation to participate in this fundraising event to support the more than 25,000 athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey.

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    Contact: Sgt. Chris Dippolito
    Email: cdippolito@closterpolice.org

    Jun 01, 2016
    07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Core Fitness Center
    91 Ruckman Rd., #1
    Closter, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    02
    Pasta Night Fundraiser
    Jun 02, 2016
    04:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Middlesex
    New Jersey
    Pasta Night Fundraiser

    Get your tickets for this annual fundraising event at Ellery's Grill in Middlesex. This event features an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner, live entertainment and a Super 50/50 Cash Raffle. Tickets are $20/person and can be purchased by calling Ellery's at (732) 356-2444 or emailing ellerys@optonline.net or from the Middlesex or Dunellen Police Departments. Sponsored by the Middlesex and Dunellen Law Enforcement Torch Runs, Ellery's Grill and the Middlesex Borough Business and Professional Association.

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    Email: ellerys@optonline.net
    Phone: 732-356-2444

    Jun 02, 2016
    04:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Ellery's Grill
    701 Lincoln Blvd.
    Middlesex, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    02
    Invitational Unified 7-a-side Football Tournament
    Jun 02, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016
     
    Villarreal
    SPAIN
    Invitational Unified 7-a-side Football Tournament

    For 3 days, special Olympics Unified Football teams from all over Spain, and from 4 European countries, will gather to enjoy their favourite game in the sports facilities of one of the most important teams of the Spanish Premier League: Villarreal CF.

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    Contact: David Pequeño
    Email: info@specialolympics.es
    Phone: +34932174224

    Jun 02, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016
     
    Ciudad Deportiva del Villarreal CF
    Villarreal, Valencia
    SPAIN
  • Jun
    02
    Michigan State Summer Games
    Jun 02, 2016 - Jun 04, 2016
     
    Mount Pleasant
    Michigan
    Michigan State Summer Games

    The State Summer Games presented by SpartanNash take place June 2-4, 2016 on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. The State Summer Games is the largest Special Olympics Michigan event with 2,600 SOMI athletes along with an additional 3,400 coaches, volunteers, chaperones, family members and spectators attending each year. Ten types of competition are offered at the State Summer Games each year, including aquatics, athletics, bocce, bowling, gymnastics, horseshoes, power lifting, weightlifting, volleyball, developmental athletics and motor activities training program. Athletes compete in State Summer Games after qualifying at local competitions throughout the year. The State Summer Games is one of six annual statewide competitions for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. The Special Olympics Michigan programs are offered at no cost to the athletes or their families. The State Summer Games are proudly presented by SpartanNash, the only Statewide Premier Gold Medal Sponsor of Special Olympics Michigan.

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    Contact: Aaron Mills
    Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
    Phone: 989-774-4393

    Jun 02, 2016 - Jun 04, 2016
     
    Central Michigan University
    Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    03
    Healthy Athletes
    Jun 03, 2016
    01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    Wichita
    Kansas
    Healthy Athletes

    The following screenings will be offered at Summer Games: Healthy Hearing, Opening Eyes, and Health Promotions. The screenings are offered at no cost to all Special Olympics athletes with a current physical on file with Special Olympics Kansas. The screenings are conducted by Clinical Directors who have been trained by Special Olympics, Inc. When health issues are identified the results of the screenings are sent to parents/guardians or the adult athlete. Approximately 230 athletes will take part in the screenings.

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    Contact: Terri Price
    Email: pricet@ksso.org
    Phone: 913-236-9092

    Jun 03, 2016
    01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    WSU - Heskett Center
    1845 Fairmount
    Wichita, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
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