North America

North America has 544,581 athletes participating in all 30 sports offered by Special Olympics.  It is home to athletes from Canada, the Caribbean and the United States.  Special Olympics is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition.

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July 21, 2014 | North America: Tennessee

Special Olympics changed a life!

By Betsy Gentry

On the way home from the Special Olympics Games,Bryan Gentry kept talking about how he loved working with the Special Olympic athletes. He had tasted something far more rewarding than the thrill of victory.View Story Special Olympics changed Bryan Gentry's life! In 1999 Bryan’s daughter, Brooke, was a senior in high school working as a peer tutor in a special education class at Bradley Central High School, Cleveland, Tennessee. Brooke was planning her future and helping special needs students was her passion. She also loved working with the Special Olympics. One day Brooke received a brochure regarding the International Special Olympics Games being held at Raleigh, North Carolina, close to Bryan’s hometown. The family decided to take our family vacation and be volunteers at Special Olympics Games. Brooke played tennis so the family signed up to work the tennis venue in North Carolina. When they arrived at the tennis courts, Brooke was assigned to work with the players and assigned Bryan and Betsy to help with parking. After about 15 minutes working in the parking lot, Bryan said, ‘I do not want to be with cars. I want to be with people.’ So he ran and jumped on the tennis court with Brooke and started helping her. On the way home he kept talking about how he loved working with the Special Olympic athletes! People had asked him is this your job? Bryan said, ‘No. I’m in the business world.” He had tasted something far more rewarding than the thrill of victory, Bryan found himself drawn to a lifestyle of sacrifice unlike anything he ever experienced in all his years as a businessman. When the family returned home, Bryan made a life changing decision. He quit the business world and began working with special needs students. First as a social worker, then principal of a private school for adults with disabilities and after retirement he founded, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, a recreational activity for adults with disabilities. Bryan wanted to provide his extended family with a social outlet on Friday nights, which was as much about showing love as it was about filling a need.

About Betsy Gentry:Betsy Gentry supervises special education student teachers at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. She is a retired Work-based Learning Coordinator for Ooltewah High School in Ooltewah, Tennessee and a past Transition Coordinator for the Bradley County Schools in Cleveland, TN, and a Vocational Rehabilitation Case Manager. She has worked with the Project Discovery curriculum both in implementing it with students with special needs at the local level and in training schools and districts nationwide on its use for nearly ten years. As a past Tennessee Council for Exceptional Children Special Educator of the Year, Mrs. Gentry is an expert on transition issues and a frequent state and national speaker.
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July 21, 2014 | North America: New York

Special Olympics

By Katy Sanchez

In high school I really didn't have any friends at all. I used to be shy and also not really know what to say to other people. Special Olympics really helped me find a lot of friends.View Story In high school I really didn't have any friends at all. I used to be shy and also not really know what to say to other people. After I joined Special Olympics starting in 2007, it really helped me find a lot of friends and find my voice. I have overcome a lot of obstacles in my life but the Special Olympics staff has and still helps me today. I am an athlete from Special Olympics New York and I am also a Global Messenger, too. People say I am a good speaker and a great athlete. My two goals are to compete in the World Games one day and also be International Global Messenger.

About Katy Sanchez:My name is Katy Sanchez. The sports I play are soccer, floor hockey, basketball, track and field, cycling and now a Triathlon. I just earned a bronze medal in the Triathlon at Special Olympics USA Games during June 14 to 21st! I like to hang out with friends, go to the movies, play on my computer.
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July 17, 2014 | North America: Maryland

Interest, Inspiration and Education

By Laura Russell

Adam wins gold with support of Eunice and family.

Adam has always been enthralled by history, the origins of things... organizations, TV shows. When the Kennedy-Shriver family showed up at a local high school track and field event, he was overjoyed.View Story Adam has always been enthralled by history, the origins or things... organizations, TV shows. It has been a kind of focus for his autism. Having recently (when he was 10) joined Special Olympics soccer and basketball teams he was especially interested in learning about the history of that organization. He wanted to know who started it, when, why. So when the Kennedy-Shriver family showed up at a local high school track and field event he was overjoyed. They were kind enough to allow for photos and Eunice shared a few words encouragement. I'm not sure if that is why he won gold in his bocce tournament that day but was memorable and inspiring. A few years later Adam was invited to the family home in Bethesda to demonstrate level 1 golf. The occasion was a gathering of Special Olympics International leaders. It was a thrill to be able to participate in this event and at the home where Special Olympics got its start. Adam is 24 and an active participant of Special Olympics.

About Laura Russell:Being a parent of a child with autism allows for an interesting life journey. Special Olympics has provided a structure for fun, healthy activities, fellowship, and acceptance. Our family will be forever grateful to Eunice for her development and oversight of this life enriching program.
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July 17, 2014 | North America: Connecticut

30+ years with Special Olympics

By LARRY ZALESKI

Kristen Zaleski, Milford Operation Mainstream (CT) with Eunice Shriver, CT Summer Games, 1989

Our family has been involved with Special Olympics since the early 80's. Kristen started out in track and field, switched to aquatics around '94.View Story Our family has been involved with Special Olympics since the early 80's. Kristen started out in track and field, switched to aquatics around '94. I began coaching soon after, am now lifetime certified aquatics coach. Kris also curls with the Connecticut program since its inception 5 years ago, and is a full member at the Nutmeg Curling Club in regular league play.

About LARRY ZALESKI:I am a special parent, certified aquatics coach, local coordinator in the Milford CT program.
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July 14, 2014 | North America: North Carolina

Longtime Volunteer Makes Anticipated Return to Special Olympics

By Madeline Weathers

To say this volunteer is passionate about Special Olympics would be an understatement. Public Relations Officer Walter J. Scott of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is a longtime volunteer who has dedicated his time to Special Olympics for over 10 years.View Story To say this volunteer is passionate about Special Olympics would be an understatement. Public Relations Officer, Walter J. Scott of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is a longtime volunteer who has dedicated his time to Special Olympics for over 10 years. It was no surprise to see him beaming with pride as he took part in the awards ceremonies of the 2014 Special Olympics NC Summer Games.

About Madeline Weathers:I am the Special Olympics North Carolina communications intern.
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Upcoming Events Around the World


Date

Event

Location

Jul 27, 2014

East Spokane Golf Tournament

Join us on Sunday, July 27th in Spokane, Washington as athletes from the Eastern Region compete in an annual Special Olympics Golf Tournament. Cheer them on and experience the power of sports. For more details about the event, refer to the link and contact information below.
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Jill Ives
Email:Jives@sowa.org
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Spokane
Spokane, Washington
UNITED STATES

Aug 2, 2014

Northwest Region Softball Tournament

Join us on Saturday, August 2nd at in Lynden, Washington as athletes from the Northwest Region compete in a Special Olympics Softball Tournament. Cheer them on and experience the power of sports. For more details about the event, refer to the link and contact information below.
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Madison Goverde
Email:mgoverde@sowa.org
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Lynden, Washington
UNITED STATES

Aug 2, 2014

East Region Softball Tournament

Join us on Satruday, August 2nd in Pasco, Missouri as athletes from the Eastern Region compete in a Special Olympics softball. Cheer them on and experience the power of sports. For more details about the event, refer to the link and contact information below.
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Jill Ives
Email:Jives@sowa.org
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Pasco
Pasco, Washington
UNITED STATES

Aug 4, 2014
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Area 11 Golf Outing

Join us on August 8th at The Highlands Golf Course in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the 7th Annual Special Olympics Golf Classic. This event raises funds for Special Olympics Michigan Area 11 and promotes awareness of our program. It costs $125 per person or $500 per team to participate. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:00am with event starting at 8:30am. This scramble format tournament promises to be a rewarding day with challenging golf, awards, prizes, food and fellowship with co-workers and Special Olympics Michigan Area 11 athletes! For more details please use the contact information below.
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Ashley Diersch
Email:ashley.diersch@somi.org
Phone:616-583-1202
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The Highlands Golf Course
2715 Leonard St. NW

Grand Rapids, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Aug 9, 2014
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Bayouland Area Unified Bowling

Join us on August 9th at Creole Lanes in Houma, Louisiana as athletes and Unified partners from around the Bayouland area compete in Unified bowling. Cheer on our athletes or see how you can become a Unified partner for Special Olympics Louisiana. For more details, refer to the contact information below.
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Theresa Theriot
Email:santacruztee@msn.com
Phone:985-331-3007
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Creole Lanes
1371 W Tunnel Blvd.

Houma, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Aug 10 - 11 2014

37th Annual San Luis Obispo County Golf Tournament

Tee off and change a life at the Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Special Olympics San Luis Obispo County. We will host this tournament at the beautiful San Luis Obispo Country Club on August 10 and 11. With your support, we can raise much needed funding for individuals with intellectual disabilities and have a fun day of golf. The auction and dinner will be held on Aug 10 and the golf tournament will be held on Aug 11.
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Jody Watty
Email:sanluisobispo@sosc.org
Phone:805.544.6444
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San Luis Obispo Country Club
255 Country Club Dr

San Luis Obispo, CA
UNITED STATES

Aug 12, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

2014 Medaling Monkey 5k Walk/Run

Join us on Tuesday, August 12th at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan for our 5k Walk/Run for Special Olympics Michigan-Kent and Barry County. Registration will begin at 5:00pm and the race will start promptly at 6:30pm. If you haven't yet signed up for the race and would like to participate, you can do so using the registration link below or finding us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MedalingMonkey.
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Ashley Diersch
Email:ashley.diersch@somi.org
Phone:(616) 583-1202
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John Ball Park
1300 W Fulton St.

Grand Rapids, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Aug 22 - 24 2014

Masters Bowling Tournament

Join us on August 22-24 at the Masters Bowling Tournament being held at the Gold Cup Bowling Center in Warner Robins, Georgia. More than 800 athletes and 100 Unified Partners from around the state will participate in two days of competition in traditional and Unified bowling. For more details refer the contact information below.
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David Crawford
Email:david.crawford@specialolympicsga.org
Phone:229-292-5143
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Gold Cup Bowling Center
1041 Russell Pkwy

Warner Robins, Georgia
UNITED STATES

Aug 22 - 24 2014

Georgia Horse Show

Join us on August 22-24 as over 200 Special Olympics athletes and 25 Unified Partners from around the state head to Gainesville, Georgia for the State Horse Show. The competition will feature riders in dressage, showmanship, walking trail, English and Western style riding. Come experience this unique and exciting event!
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Stephen Sparks
Email:stephen.sparks@specialolympicsga.org
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Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center
1855 Calvary Church Rd

Gainesville, Georgia
UNITED STATES

Aug 23, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Plane Pull

How fast can you pull an airplane? Test your strength, stamina, and endurance at our 9th annual Plane Pull fundraiser on Saturday, August 23 at 10 a.m. at the Long Beach Airport. Our Plane Pull puts you and a team of 25 against a 164,000 pound FedEx Airbus 310 to benefit Special Olympics Southern California athletes. No skill level — or muscles — required.
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Brandon Tanner
Email:btanner@sosc.org
Phone:562.502.1041
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Long Beach Airport
2019 E. Wardlow Rd.

Long Beach, California
UNITED STATES

Aug 23, 2014

G. Michael Perry Softball Tournament

The Perry Family started this annual tournament in 2008 as way to ensure that Special Olympics athletes had the opportunity to participate in sports year-round. This year the tournament will feature individual skills competition, traditional Special Olympics team play and Unified Sports® Team Play. Come join us for a fun day to celebrate athletes around Wyoming and their dedication to sports!
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Special Olympics Wyoming
Phone:307-235-8403
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North Casper Sports Complex
1700 East ‘K’ Street

Casper, Wyoming
UNITED STATES

Aug 24, 2014

MLS Team Exchange

Coaches, athletes and unified partners participating in high school unified soccer will be eligible to participate on the Special Olympics Sounders teams that will be playing home and away against the Special Olympics Timbers and Special Olympics Rapids. Each exchange will include a competition, players clinic, team awareness activity and tickets to watch the MLS teams in action. This unique opportunity is supported by the MLS and its member clubs.
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Portland, Oregon
UNITED STATES

Aug 24, 2014
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Unified Golf Tournament

Join us on August 24th at East Greenwich Country Club in East Greenwich, Rhode Island for day of Unified Golf that will join people with and without intellectual disabilities on the green to play a round of golf together. Come and experience what it means to play unified!
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Special Olympics Rhode Island
Phone:401-349-4900
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East Greenwich Country Club
1646 Division Rd

East Greenwich, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

Aug 30 - 31 2014

Disney Half Marathon Weekend

Spearheaded by the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is a fundraising event dedicated to increase public awareness and understanding of the Special Olympics. Every dollar raised through the Disneyland Half Marathon will help fund Special Olympics programs in your community. Not only will you bring home magical memories to last a lifetime, but you'll also raise funds for the athletes of Special Olympics Southern California. It's the magical moment you've been training for.
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John Watkins
Email:jwatkins@sosc.org
Phone:562-818-5492
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Disneyland Resort
1313 S Disneyland Dr

Anaheim , California
UNITED STATES

Sep 9, 2014
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Unified 9-Hole Golf Tournament

Join us on September 9th at Lakewood Golf Course in Madison, Maine for a day of Unified golf. Athletes and Unified partners from around the state will show their skill and play unified. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Maine
Phone:+1 (207) 879-0489
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Lakewood Golf Course
Route 201

Madison, Maine
UNITED STATES

Sep 12 - 14 2014

Special Olympics Washington 11th Annual Coaches Conference

Join other Washington coaches on September 12-14 at the Downtown Tacoma Marriott in Seattle, Washington for an informative meeting recapping the previous year and enjoying camaraderie!
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Bird Folsom
Email:afolsom@sowa.org
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Downtown Tacoma Marriot
Seattle, Washington
UNITED STATES

Sep 13, 2014
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Acadiana Area Softball & Horseshoes Invitational

Join us on September 13th at Brown Park in Lafayette, Louisiana for a day filled with Unified sporting competition. This event is open to all Unified softball teams, t-ball teams (traditional or unified), and horseshoes athletes from around the state. Horseshoes will be offered in singles, doubles, and unified doubles. Please contact use contact information below if you have any interest in joining this event. Hope to see you there!
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Brock Banos
Email:bbanos@laso.org
Phone:(985) 345-6644
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Brown Park
Lafayette, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Sep 20, 2014
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

World's Largest Truck Convoy

Be a part of the World's Largest Truck Convoy fundraising event as Alberta truck drivers and the law enforcement community unite to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics athletes in Alberta. For more details, please refer to the contact information below.
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Det. Theresa Garagan
Email:tgaragan@calgarypolice.ca
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AMTA Head Office
#1, 285005 Wrangler Way

Rocky View, Alberta
CANADA

Sep 20, 2014
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

World's Largest Truck Convoy

Join a compassionate army of truck drivers on Saturday September 20, 2014 in Charlotte at the PNC Music Pavilion as law enforcement escorts the World's Largest Truck Convoy to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics athletes and change attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities. Each truck must donate a minimum of $100 to participate.
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Dot
Email:Kohlbach
Phone:9197197662 ext 119
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PNC Music Pavilion
707 Pavilion Blvd

Charlotte , North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Sep 20, 2014
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Bayouland Area Horseshoe & T-Ball

Join us on September 20th at Monsanto Park in Luling, Louisiana for a day filled with Unified sports competition. Male and female athletes and Unified partners from the Bayouland area will show their skill and compete in horseshoes and t-ball. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Theresa Theriot
Email:santacruztee@msn.com
Phone:985-331-3007
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Monsanto Park
Luling, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Sep 20, 2014
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

2014 World's Largest Truck Convoy

The South Carolina State Police will host the 2014 World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics South Carolina. Join the compassionate army of truck drivers as law enforcement officers escort them across the highways and byways of South Carolina to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics athletes and change attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities.
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Deborah Jacobs
Email:djacobs@so-sc.org
Phone:8034045517
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South Carolina Department of Public Safety
10311 Wilson Blvd.

Blythewood, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Sep 20 - 21 2014

South Dakota State Softball Tournament

Join us September 20-21 at Parkview Softball Complex in Rapid City, South Dakota as athlete from around the state come together for two days of tournament action. The tournament will feature Unified Softball, Slow Pitch and Tee Ball. Come and witness the true power of sports.
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Domico Rodriguez
Phone:605-718-8491
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Parkview Softball Complex
4415 Parkview Dr

Rapid City, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

Sep 20, 2014
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

2014's World Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics North Dakota

The World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics North Dakota, held September 20, 2014 at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, is an annual event which unites law enforcement and truckers to raise funds for Special Olympics North Dakota athletes.
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Reid Huttunen
Email:developmentaldir@aol.com
Phone:701-746-0331
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Red River Valley Fairgrounds
1805 West Main Ave

West Fargo, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

Sep 20, 2014
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Dulles Day Plane Pull

Think you have what it takes to pull a 164,000-plus pound cargo jet for a great cause? Join us for the Dulles Day Family Festival and Plane Pull® each fall at Dulles International Airport. Watch teams of 25 play tug-of-war with a cargo jet to see who can pull the aircraft 12 feet the fastest. Other event highlights include airplane and auto exhibits, the kid’s zone and bus pull, varied displays and activities, vendors, food and entertainment for the entire community. Event admission and parking are free.
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Ellen Head
Email:ehead@specialolympicsva.org
Phone:703-359-4301
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Dulles Airport
Sterling, Virginia
UNITED STATES

Sep 28, 2014

Unified Flag Football Tournament

Join us on September 28th at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota for a day of Unified flag football competition. Athletes and Unified partners will be competing from the following counties: Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Renville, Swift, Lac Qui Parle, Yellow Medicine Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Rock, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Scott, Sibley, Waseca, Watonwan, Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Winona. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Mark Anderson
Email:mark.anderson@somn.org
Phone:612-604-1266
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Gustavus Adolphus College
800 W College Ave

St. Peter, Minnesota
UNITED STATES

Oct 4, 2014
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Over the Edge -- St. Louis

Take your support of Special Olympics to new heights. Show your courage by rappelling 19 stories from the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch. Join Special Olympics athletes and fans in this adrenaline-pumping event. Participants must be at least 14 years of age and raise a minimum of $1,000. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
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Stacy Jones
Email:sjones@somo.org
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Hyatt Regency
St. Louis, Missouri
UNITED STATES

Oct 10 - 11 2014

South Carolina Fall Games

Join us from October 10-11 at Pavilion Recreation Complex in Taylors, South Carolina as athletes from all over the state will be competing in Under 21 bocce, masters bowling, disc golf, flag football, volleyball, tennis, golf and soccer. Hope to see you there.
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Kelly Garrick
Email:kgarrick@so-sc.org
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Pavilion Recreation Complex
400 Scottswood Road

Taylors, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Oct 11 - 12 2014

Stand Up Paddle Board Invitational

This is an inclusive Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) event that will provide competition for Special Olympics Florida SUP teams with a certified heead coach, along with general public race divisions. Register to race in the General Public Division at www.paddleguru.com. Saturday evening on October 11 after SUP teams check in, there will be an athlete dinner and dance at Key West High School. For more information on how to register a Special Olympics Florida SUP team please contact Ruth Holland 305-923-0288 or ruthholland@specialolympicsmonroe.org.
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Ruth Holland
Email:ruthholland@specialolympicsmonroe.org
Phone:305-923-0288
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Higgs Beach
Atlantic Blvd.

Key West, Florida
UNITED STATES

Oct 17 - 18 2014

Over the Edge

You step to the edge, look over, and catch your breath. Adrenaline takes over and, next thing you know, the thrill of adventure consumes you. Welcome to Over the Edge — an adventure for the truest fans! Special Olympics Virginia invites you to go Over the Edge in Richmond. Not for the faint of heart, participants who raise a minimum of $1,000 will find themselves rappelling down the SunTrust Center in downtown Richmond — all to support Special Olympics Virginia. And organizations also can band together to “Toss Their Boss” for the cause. Extreme adventure. Extreme community impact. Trust us, you won’t be the same person by the time your feet reach solid ground. For information visit www.overtheedgeva.com or follow us on Twitter @OverTheEdgeVA.
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Anita Dean
Email:adean@specialolympicsva.org
Phone:804-467-1250
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SunTrust Center
919 E. Main Street

Richmond , Virginia
UNITED STATES

Oct 18, 2014
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Over the Edge -- Jefferson City

Take your support of Special Olympics to new heights. Show your courage by rappelling 13 stories from the Jefferson State Office Building. Join Special Olympics athletes and fans in this adrenaline-pumping event. Participants must be at least 14 years of age and raise a minimum of $1,000. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
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Stacy Jones
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Jefferson State Office Building
Jefferson City, Missouri
UNITED STATES

Oct 18 - 19 2014

Unified Basketball Divisioning Tournament

Join on us on October 18-19 at Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, Connecticut as our athletes and Unified Partners take the court to compete in a divisioning tournament that will encourage athletes of all ability levels to participate and be recognized for his/her performance. Afterwards, competitions will be structured so that athletes and Unified Partners will compete with others of similar ability in equitable divisions. For more information, please refer to the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Email:susanm@soct.org
Phone:(800) 443-6105
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Floyd Little Athletic Center
480 Sherman Pkwy

New Haven, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Oct 19, 2014

Northwest Region Bowling Tournament

Join us on Sunday, October 19th in Lynwood, Washington as Special Olympics bowlers from the Northwest Region compete in a one-day Special Olympics Bowling Tournament. Cheer them on and experience the power of sports. For more details about the event, refer to the link and contact information below.
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Madison Goverde
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Lynwood, Washington
UNITED STATES

Oct 19, 2014
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Unified Volleyball Divisioning Tournament

Join on us on October 19th at Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, Connecticut as our athletes and Unified Partners take the court to compete in a divisioning tournament that will encourage athletes of all ability levels to participate and be recognized for his/her performance. Afterwards, competitions will be structured so that athletes and Unified Partners will compete with others of similar ability in equitable divisions. For more details, please refer to contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Email:susanm@soct.org
Phone:(800) 443-6105
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Floyd Little Athletic Center
480 Sherman Pkwy

New Haven, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Oct 19, 2014
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Unified Soccer Assessment Round - South Section

Join us on October 19th at Plymouth Street Fields in Mansfield, Massachusetts for an exciting day of Unified soccer. Registration opens at 8am with competition lasting from 10am-2pm. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Sam Baglioni
Email:sam.baglioni@specialolympicsma.org
Phone:508-821-3635
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Plymouth Street Fields
50 Plymouth Street

Mansfield, Massachusetts
UNITED STATES

Oct 20, 2014
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

2014 School Unified Soccer Tournament

Join us for the 2014 School Unified Soccer Tournament Monday, October 20th at West Rutland School in West Rutland, Vermont. This competition will include schools from throughout Vermont. Athletes and partners will compete in 5 per side team soccer or individual skills. For more details, please refer to the contact information below.
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Chris Langevin
Email:clangevin@vtso.org
Phone:802-863-5222
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West Rutland School
713 Main St.

West Rutland, Vermont
UNITED STATES

Oct 20, 2014
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

School Unified Soccer Tournament

Join us for the 2014 School Unified Soccer Tournament on October 20th at West Rutland School in West Rutland, Vermont. This competition will include athletes and Unified partners from schools from throughout Vermont. This tournament will feature 5 a side football matches as well as an individual skills competition. Come and witness all the sports excitement.
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Chris Langevin
Email:clangevin@vtso.org
Phone:802-863-5222
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West Rutland School
713 Main St

West Rutland, Vermont
UNITED STATES

Oct 24, 2014

Unified Bowling

Join us on October 24th at Bemidji Bowl in Bemidji, Minnesota for a amazing day of Unified bowling. Athlete and Unified partners from Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard & Lake of the Woods counties will play unified to support acceptance and inclusion. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Mark Anderson
Email:mark.anderson@somn.org
Phone:612-604-1266
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Bemidji Bowl
3455 Laurel Dr NW

Bemidji, Minnesota
UNITED STATES

Oct 25, 2014

World's Largest Truck Convoy

The World's Largest Truck Convoy is an annual one-day celebration designed to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics. On October 25, 2014, when you fire up your engine at The Meadow Event Park, home of the Virginia State Fair, you will be joining thousands of other truck drivers throughout the United States and Canada, all of whom are driving with two goals in mind: 1) to form the largest procession of trucks the world has ever seen and 2) to build a bigger, better community for the amazing athletes of Special Olympics. In Virginia, this convoy takes place on Interstate 95 near Richmond and is organized by the Virginia State Police as part of their annual Law Enforcement Torch Run efforts. For more details, please refer to the contact information below.
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Roy Zeidman
Email:rzeidman@specialolympicsva.org
Phone:804-726-3022
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Meadow Event Park
Doswell, Virginia
UNITED STATES

Oct 26, 2014

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Los Angeles

Run on Team Special Olympics Southern California in the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series – one of Southern California's most entertaining races. Race to the finish in Los Angeles on October 26. Not only will you rock out to music at every mile, but you'll also raise funds for the rock star athletes of Special Olympics Southern California.
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Richard Fernandez
Email:rfernandez@sosc.org
Phone:562-502-1100
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LA Live
Los Angeles, California
UNITED STATES

Oct 30, 2014
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Bocce & Unified Bocce Competition

Special Olympics Texas will be hosting an Area Bocce Competition on Thursday, October 30, 2014. This event will start with the Opening Ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. followed by Competition. Entries are due to the area office by Friday, September 12, 2014 by no later than 5:00 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering for this event or other Special Olympics Texas Area events, please refer to contact information below.
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Maribel Santoya-Maciel
Email:msantoya-maciel@sotx.org
Phone:(956) 712-2144
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TBA
Laredo, Texas
UNITED STATES

Nov 1, 2014

Nebraska Unifed Bowling

Join us on November 1st at either Lepoard Lanes in Bellevue or Cedar Lanes in North Platte to witness an exciting match of Unified bowling. Athletes and Unified partners from around the area will compete to promote acceptance and inclusion through sport. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Rick Childree
Email:rchildree@sone.org
Phone:402-331-5545 Ext. 12
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Leopard Lanes & Cedar Lanes
Bellevue and North Platte, Nebraska
UNITED STATES

Nov 6 - 8 2014

Special Olympics North America 15th National Invitational Tennis Championships

Join us November 6-8 at Van der Meer Shipyard Resort in Hilton Head Isle, South Carolina for 3 days of golf tournament action! The tournament feature Level 1 – Individual Skills; Level 2 – Singles/Doubles/Unified Doubles; Level 4 – Singles/Doubles/Unified Doubles and Level 5 – Singles/Doubles/Unified Doubles. Hope to see you there!
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Kelly Garrick
Email:KGarrick@so-sc.org
Phone:803-772-1555
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Van der Meer Shipyard Resort
116 Shipyard Drive

Hilton Head Isle, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Nov 6 - 8 2014

15th National Invitational Tennis Championship

Join us as Special Olympics South Carolina hosts the Special Olympics North America 15th National Tennis Championships. Athletes will compete in 5 levels of competition: Level 1 – Individual Skills Competition; Level 2 – Singles/Doubles/ Unified Doubles; Level 4 – Singles/Doubles/ Unified Doubles; Level 5 – Singles/Doubles/ Unified Doubles. Come fill the stands to cheer and support our athletes. See you there!
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Kelly Garrick
Email:kgarrick@so-sc.org
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Van der Meer Shipyard Tennis Resort
116 Shipyard Drive

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Nov 8 - 9 2014

Virginia State Fall Championships

Fall Championships is one of Special Olympics Virginia's state level competitions, held at the end of the fall season in Virginia Beach. Approximately 1,000 Special Olympics athletes from across Virginia are selected to go for the gold in bowling, bocce, golf, volleyball, roller skating, and soccer competitions. Fall Championships also features a Saturday evening Opening Ceremony, where we light the Flame of Hope to "open" the Championships, followed by a Victory Dance - a favorite of both our athletes and volunteers!
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Gray Miller
Email:gmiller@specialolympicsva.org
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Various Virginia Beach Venues
Virginia Beach, Virginia
UNITED STATES

Nov 12, 2014
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Area Bowling Competition for High School Age & Unified

The Laredo area will host a Bowling Competition for all High School age and Unified athletes on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Jett Bowl North. The competition is for athletes participating in all assisted, unasssited, bowling and unified events. The competition will start with Opening Ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. and competition starting at 10:00 a.m. Bowling entries are due to the area office by Wednesday, October 1, 2014, no later than 5:00 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering for this competition or any other event please refer to the contact information below.
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Maribel Santoya-Maciel
Email:msantoya-maciel@sotx.org
Phone:(956) 712-2144
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Jett Bowl North
701 Gale Street

Laredo, Texas
UNITED STATES

Nov 23 - 24 2014

The Holiday Classic Hawaii

Over 1,000 Athletes and Coaches from throughout the state will participate in our Holiday Classic at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and MCBH, Kaneohe Bay. Athletes train from September - November and compete in Area and Regional competitions in October and November in preparation for the Holiday Classic. The Holiday Classic includes a multi-division 2 day Basketball tournament, Singles and Unified® Team Bowling competitions, and traditional and Unified® Doubles Bocce tournaments. The Holiday Classic marks the end of the Fall season.
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Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and MCBH
Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
UNITED STATES

Dec 6, 2014
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Capital Area Independent Bowling Tournament

Join us on December 6th at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a day of Unified bowling competition. Male and female athletes and Unified partners from Capital/Florida Parishes area will compete in this event. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Charles Guillory
Email:chzgil@gmail.com
Phone:225-963-9028
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All-Star Lanes
9829 Airline Hwy

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Dec 8, 2014
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Capital Area EBR Schools Bowling Tournament

Join us on December 8th at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a day of Unified bowling competition. Male and female athletes and unified partners from the Capital area will compete in this event. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Charles Guillory
Email:chzgil@gmail.com
Phone:225-963-9028
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All-Star Lanes
9829 Airline Hwy

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Dec 12, 2014
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Capital Area EBR Schools Bowling Tournament

Join us on December 12th at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a day of Unified bowling competition. Male and female athletes and unified partners from the Capital area will compete in this event. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Charles Guillory
Email:chzgil@gmail.com
Phone: 225-963-9028
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All-Star Lanes
9829 Airline Hwy

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Dec 13, 2014
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

State Unified Flag Football Invitational

Join on us on December 13th at National Training Center in Clermont, Florida as our athletes and Unified Partners take the field to compete in an exciting day of flag football. Opening ceremonies will be held from 8:45 am - 9:15 am with the first round competition being held from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm and the second round of competition being held from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm followed by awards. For more information please use the contact information below.
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Akin Joseph
Phone:352-243-9536 ext. 52
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National Training Center
1935 Don Wickham Drive

Clermont, Florida
UNITED STATES


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