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Latest News and Press Releases

Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver Seeks Papal Support to Build Inclusive World

October 13, 2017

Special Olympics athletes met Pope Francis during official audience at The Vatican

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.

Events Around the World

  • Oct 19 - Oct 22
    Special Olympics North America Tennis Championship
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    Thu Oct 19 - Sun Oct 22, 2017
     
    location
    Hilton Head Island
    South Carolina
    USA

    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.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    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
     
    location
    Carencro
    Louisiana
    USA

    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)
    location
    Pelican Park/Robicheaux Center
    Carencro, Louisiana
    USA
  • Oct
    21
    Special Olympics Laos National Games
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    Sat Oct 21, 2017
    10:00:00 - 20:00:00
    location
    Vientiane
    Laos

    Special Olympics Laos National Games

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    Sat Oct 21, 2017
    10:00:00 - 20:00:00

    Join us 21 October at Anuwong National Stadium in Vientiane, Laos as Special Olympics athletes from around the country compete and show their skill in sports competition.

    Venue(s)
    location
    Anuwong National Stadium
    Vientiane
    Laos
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  • Oct 24 - Oct 28
    Special Olympics East Asia Unified Schools Unified Soccer Competition
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    Tue Oct 24 - Sat Oct 28, 2017
     
    location
    Yangpu Qu
    Shanghai Shi
    China

    Special Olympics East Asia Unified Schools Unified Soccer Competition

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    Tue Oct 24 - Sat Oct 28, 2017
     

    Join us on 24-28 October at Shanghai Sports University in Yangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi China as athletes and Unified Partners compete in Unified Soccer matches.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Shanghai Sports University
    399 Changhai Rd
    Yangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi
    China
  • Oct
    24
    Youth Leadership Summit
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    Tue Oct 24, 2017
    09:00 AM - 01:30 PM
    location
    Corvallis
    Oregon
    USA

    Youth Leadership Summit

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    Tue Oct 24, 2017
    09:00 AM - 01:30 PM

    The 2017 Youth Leadership Summit that will gather over 200 middle and high school students from Corvallis and surrounding areas to ignite their passion for promoting inclusion, equality and respect in their schools and communities.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Oregon State University - Lasells Stewart Center
    875 SW 26th St
    Corvallis, Oregon
    USA
    The LaSells Stewart Center is the performing arts and conference center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Oregon.
  • Oct
    25
    Unified 5-a-Side Football Competition
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    Wed Oct 25, 2017
    11:00:00 - 14:00:00
    location
    Banteay Meanchey
    Cambodia

    Unified 5-a-Side Football Competition

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    Wed Oct 25, 2017
    11:00:00 - 14:00:00

    Join us 25 October at Provincial Stadium in Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia as Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners from around the country compete and show their skill in football competition.

    Venue(s)
    location
    Provincial Stadium
    Banteay Meanchey
    Cambodia
  • Oct 28 - Oct 31
    Special Olympics Korea Speed Skating Invitational
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    Sat Oct 28 - Tue Oct 31, 2017
     
    location
    Seoul
    South Korea

    Special Olympics Korea Speed Skating Invitational

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    Sat Oct 28 - Tue Oct 31, 2017
     

    Join us on 28-31 October at Dong Cheon Skating Rink in Seoul, Korea as a Special Olympics Korea athletes compete in speed skating competition. You can follow us through Weibo and Wechat @国际特奥会 to get more information.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Dong Cheon Skating Rink
    Noonwon-ro 18 Road
    Seoul
    South Korea
  • Oct
    28
    Unified Soccer Tournament
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    Sat Oct 28, 2017
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    location
    Wilsonville
    Oregon
    USA

    Unified Soccer Tournament

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    Sat Oct 28, 2017
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    This event will bring together all official middle and high school Unified Soccer teams in Oregon to compete in a regional tournament. If you are interested in volunteering to keep score, please let us know and we can provide more information!

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Wilsonville High School
    6800 SW Wilsonville Rd
    Wilsonville, Oregon
    USA
  • Oct
    28
    North Central Regional Volleyball
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    Sat Oct 28, 2017
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    location
    Gypsum
    Kansas
    USA

    North Central Regional Volleyball

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    Sat Oct 28, 2017
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    The North Central Regional Volleyball will be held October 28 at Southeast of Saline High School, 5056 KS - 4, Gypsum, Kansas  67448.   The competition will be from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  For more information, contact Krystin Guggisberg at guggisbergk@ksso.org


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Southeast of Saline High School
    5056 KS - 4
    Gypsum, Kansas
    USA
  • Nov 02 - Nov 03
    City Football Group Beijing Unified Schools Football Competition
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    Thu Nov 2 - Fri Nov 03, 2017
     
    location
    Beijing
    China

    City Football Group Beijing Unified Schools Football Competition

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    Thu Nov 2 - Fri Nov 03, 2017
     

    Join us on 2-3 November at Sports Center for the Disabled People as Special Olympics athletes in Beijing, China as Special Olympics athletes compete in Unified Football competition. You can follow us through Weibo and Wechat @国际特奥会 to get more information.

    Venue(s)
    location
    Sports Center for the Disabled People
    Beijing
    China
  • Nov 03 - Nov 07
    10th Borneo Cup 5-a-Side Football Tournament
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    Fri Nov 3 - Tue Nov 07, 2017
     
    location
    Bandar Seri Begawan
    Brunei Darussalam

    10th Borneo Cup 5-a-Side Football Tournament

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    Fri Nov 3 - Tue Nov 07, 2017
     

    Join us 3-7 November at National Stadium in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei as Special Olympics athletes from around the country compete and show their skill in football competition.

    Venue(s)
    location
    Jalan Stadium Negara Hassanal Bolkiah
    BB4313
    Bandar Seri Begawan
    Brunei Darussalam