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North America has over half a million athletes participating in all 32 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.

Honoring Special Olympics' founder in sport and in spirit. Slideshow: Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day 2011
See stories about Special Olympics activities in North America. Read More
Sports has the power to change lives. Read Michael's Story
Athlete and Olympic Gold medalist, Apolo Ohno. World Games Results

Stories from North America


三月 18, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Unified on the Court in North Carolina

By Rebecca Ralston

Energy was high and the competition was fierce as students from the University of North Carolina, along with Special Olympics athletes from Orange County, took on the Duke Blue Devils and local Durham County athletes in the first Special Olympics Unified Sports basketball game.View Story Energy was high and the competition was fierce as students from the University of North Carolina, along with Special Olympics athletes from Orange County, took on the Duke Blue Devils and local Durham County athletes in the first Special Olympics Unified Sports basketball game. Despite a tight game and aggressive play, the home team pulled away with the victory – the game’s final score was Duke – 42, UNC – 37. Nearly 400 students and community members came out to support the teams and shared in the energy, passion and determination of Unified Sports.

About Rebecca Ralston:I work for Special Olympics Project UNIFY with a focus in Youth Leadership.
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四月 11, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

保罗•伯曼在白宫接受“变革战士”表彰

By Karl Hejlik

十月二日,白宫接待了来自国际狮子会美国分会的超过一百七十名成员。作为当天活动的一个组成部分View Story 十月二日,白宫接待了来自国际狮子会美国分会的超过一百七十名成员。作为当天活动的一个组成部分,特奥健康运动员计划明亮眼睛项目创办人兼临床诊断顾问保罗•伯曼被白宫表彰为十一位“变革战士”成员之一。这十一位获得表彰的“变革战士”为他们的社群建设贡献投入大量心力与时间,他们与政府官员及狮子会成员们分享了其中的故事。据悉,“变革战士”是面向对社群建设作出杰出贡献的普通美国人而特设的表彰计划。

About Karl Hejlik:我是国际特殊奥林匹克健康与传讯调研资深经理
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十月 01, 2012 | North America: Virginia

Lots of talk about physical disabilities on July 26th. Is Intellectual Disability forgotten?

By David Egan

Ashley Count and David Egan at the Eisenhower Building on the ADA 22nd Birthday

On July 26th,2012, Ashley Counts and I represented Special Olympics International at the Eisenhower Executive Building where we were celebrating the 22nd Anniversary of the American Disability Act witView Story On July 26th,2012, Ashley Counts and I represented Special Olympics International at the Eisenhower Executive Building where we were celebrating the 22nd Anniversary of the American Disability Act with a panel of representatives invited by the White House to share their accomplishments and challenges promoting and securing the rights of people with disabilities. We listened very carefully to every speaker and were a little astonished that none of them spoke about the needs of people like Ashley and me who have intellectual disabilities. Encouraged by Ashley, I raised my hand: "I have not heard you speak about Intellectual Disabilities and am wondering how it is being represented in the President's agenda" There was lots of silence in the room. Eyes turned and finally Kareem Dale responded that work is underway with a bipartisan representation with Senator Tom Harkin and Congresswoman Cathy Mc-Morris Rodgers. Valerie Jarret closed the session and chatted with Ashley and me. I hope we had an impact on the session and from now on, they will not forget people with intellectual disabilities.

About David Egan:I am an Athlete from Area 26 in Vienna, Virginia. I love Special Olympics and serve as a Global Messenger. I love sports. I am a swimmer, tennis and ping pong player. I compete in Soccer, Basketball,and Softball. I also love to talk about the "Dignity Revolution" that Tim Shriver is promoting.
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十月 01, 2012 | North America: Virginia

Friends Forever, the Surprising Lesson of Special Olympics :-)

By Robin Schermerhorn

One of David's friends gives him heartfelt praise

Recently I attended a birthday party for a friend, David Egan, from Virginia who was turning 35 years old. The party had all the ingredients for a wonderful time--pizza, games, dancing, music, and runView Story Recently I attended a birthday party for a friend, David Egan, from Virginia who was turning 35 years old. David is a Special Olympics basketball player, soccer player, swimmer and much more. The party had all the ingredients for a wonderful time--pizza, games, dancing, music, and running video of accomplishments displayed nearby. The cake was cut and served. I thought that the party couldn't get any better. Then attendees in the room were invited to speak. I expected to hear sweet birthday wishes and funny comments of past occasions, especially since his family members were such jokers. One of his friends took the microphone, stood tall, took a deep breath, and with his sensitive and inspiring speech blew me away with his compassion for both his friend and the ties that bound them through the Special Olympics. I felt humbled in the presence of a spirit in the room bigger than any one of us there. The presence of Special Olympics in these men and women empowers and enables them to think beyond athletics to having a social network of close friends; friends forever.

About Robin Schermerhorn:I am a parent of a son, Mason, who participates in several activities yearly with Special Olympics. The organization has had a very positive impact on my son's life.
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十月 01, 2012 | North America: Jamaica

My Mummy and Clinton Global Initative Conference

By Esther C. Pair

Mummy and me

On Friday September 21 2012 my mummy my daddy and I went from Jamaica to New York We went to the Empire State Building and to Cenral Park also to Times Square, the same places that I see on TV and inView Story On Friday September 21 2012 my mummy my daddy and I went from Jamaica to New York We went to the Empire State Building and to Cenral Park also to Times Square, the same places that I see on TV and in the movies BUT the best part was on Sunday when we went to the Sheraton Hotel and met President Clinton AND my mummy spoke at his conference about me and Special Olympics, it was so exciting and then I was interviewed by the New York Times and the Boston Globe and others, I also met Timothy Shriver, Loretta Clairbourne and Allison Felix and even took my picures with them. I am so proud of myself and my mummy and daddy too.

About Esther C. Pair:I am 25 years old and have been in Special Olympics for 10 years. I went to the world summer games in China and in Greece there I got a silver medal for Bocce.
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Upcoming Events Around the World


Date

Event

Location

三月 3, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Santa Barbara High School R-Word Rally

As a Project UNIFY school, Santa Barbara High School will host an R-Word Pledge Drive and Rally to gather support before the national day of awareness on March 4th. The signatures they collect during their rally will be displayed the following day on Wednesday, March 4th at the Santa Barbara Courthouse pledge drive hosted by Special Olympics Santa Barbara and other local organizations.
For more information
Michelle Duke
Email: mduke@sosc.org
Phone: 805-884-1516
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Santa Barbara High School
700 E Anapamu St Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Santa Barbara, California
UNITED STATES

三月 3, 2015
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

March Mixer and Spread the Word to End the Word Event

You're invited to join The Arc Davidson County and Greater Nashville Junior Advisory Board (JAB) and Transit Now Nashville for a mixer and awareness event at Bar Louie - Nashville in The Gulch. Sign-In after arriving at Bar Louie and you will gain access to an additional hour of happy hour specials until 8pm. In addition, this event will include guest speakers and an opportunity to sign a pledge to stop the use of the "R" word 'retard(ed)'. For more information, check out Spread the Word to End the Word. Please RSVP to this event by Monday, March 2nd. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Tyler Lisowski
Email: tylerlisowski@gmail.com
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Bar Louie
314 11th Ave S

Nashville, Tennessee
UNITED STATES

三月 3 - 5 2015

R-word Campaign Week

In the first week of March, Special Olympics at UCLA is partnering with Best Buddies at UCLA to host the R-word Campaign, which aims to encourage Bruins to end their use of the R-word (retard or retarded) in their everyday speech. The campaign is a week-long series of events, with rallies on Bruin Plaza on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a professional panel on Thursday evening. We will be inviting Bruins to pledge to end the R-word by signing their name on our "Spread the word to End the word" banner, passing out pledge cards, wristbands and pens, and inviting speakers like Special Olympics Southern California President and CEO Bill Shumard to talk about how the r-word has affected their lives and how to end the stigma against people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
For more information
Tabitha Lin
Email: lin.tabitha@gmail.com
Phone: 562-964-5671
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Bruin Plaza
Bruin Plaza

Los Angeles, California
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Spread the Word To End the Word

Special Olympics Montana, Easter Seals and Eagle Mount will be hosting a "Spread the Word to End the Word" rally on March 4th from 12 to 1 pm on the front steps of Cascade County Courthouse in Great Falls. Come join us in support of creating communities of inclusion, acceptance and respect!
For more information
Allie Stockburger
Email: AStockburger@somt.org
Phone: 406-315-4198
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Cascade County Courthouse - Front Steps
415 2nd Ave. N.

Great Falls, Montana
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015

Spread the Word to End the Word Assembly

An assembly for our middle and high school students to share information about "Spread the Word to End the Word". Assembly will be lead by students where public service announcements will be shown, skits will be performed to discuss "respect" and an athlete will be interviewed about her experiences with the "R" word. Students will be asked to make a pledge to replace the "R" word with respect.
For more information
Leslie Stodghill
Email: inbigfork@gmail.com
Phone: 406-212-3667
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Bigfork Schools
600 Commerce St.

Bigfork, Montana
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Shred the R Word - Wahpeton

Self-Advocacy Solutions, North Dakota, a statewide civil and human rights movement, continues their work with respectful language by hosting the 6th Annual "SHRED THE "R" Word in Universities across North Dakota. The event will be run for and by people with disabilities in the student unions of 7 Universities, from 11am- 2pm. Students will sign a pledge saying they will not use the "R" word in a mean and hurtful way, then take it one step farther and actually shred the "R" word in a paper shredder. This event is done in conjunction with Special Olympics' "Spread the word to end the Word" a global campaign to raise awareness on the need for respectful language towards people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This event is sponsored by a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. For more information on SAS, N.D. please call 701-746-7840. To take the pledge yourself go to www.r-word.org. RESPECT IS THE ONLY R WORD THAT IS ACCEPTABLE!
For more information
Carla Tice
Email: ddgrantsas@hotmail.com
Phone: 7012135691
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Self-Advocacy Solutions, ND
1407 24th Ave S. 100

Wahpeton, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

End the R-Word Day

Our Fossil Friends club at Fossil Ridge High School will be campaigning to end the R-Word on March 4th. Students will be recruiting their peers to sign the R-word banner and pledge to end the use of the R-word!
For more information
Julie Chaplain
Email: jchaplain@psdschools.org
Phone: 970-488-6269
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Fossil Ridge High School
5400 Ziegler Road

Fort Collins, Colorado
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
9:30 AM - 1:30 AM

End the Word

Best Buddies at George Washington High School will be promoting Spread The Word to End The Word during each lunch period on March 4th. We will be passing out informational brochures, encouraging students to take the pledge, and more!
For more information
Maura Escherich
Email: mescherich@cps.edu
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George Washington High School
Chicago, Illinois
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Awareness Day

Bellows Free Academy and The Northwest Technical Center will hold a Spread the Word to End the Word campaign on March 4th. We will hand out posters throughout the school, have discussions about respect and inclusion in advisories and have a pledge poster available for students and staff to sign outside of the cafeteria during all lunches.
For more information
Jim Naylor
Email: jnaylor@fcsuvt.org
Phone: 802-527-6516
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BFA and NWTC
71 South Main Street

St. Albans, Vermont
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

R-Word Campaign

Northridge High School will host our annual R-word campaign on March 4th to spread the word to end the word!!
For more information
Aimee Anderson
Email: aanderson@greeleyschools.org
Phone: 970-348-5297
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Northridge High School
7001 Grizzly Drive

Greeley, Colorado
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Spread the Word to End the Word Pledge Signing

Fillmore High School's Project Unify Club will be holding a Spread the Word to End the Word pledge signing drive to promote acceptance, respect, inclusion, and friendship. Be a fan of RESPECT!!!! Lunchtime pledge signing and t-shirt sales will promote the new r-word: Respect.
For more information
Stacia Helmer
Email: shelmer@fillmore.k12.ca.us
Phone: 805-524-8444
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Fillmore HIgh School
555 Central Ave

Fillmore, California
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Spread the Word to End the Word Open Mic Night

The State University of New York at Fredonia's Music Therapy Club will be hosting a Spread the Word to End the Word Open Mic Night. The event will take place at our Tim Horton's on campus and we will have a banner for students, faculty, and staff to sign pledging to stop the use of the r-word. We will be having performances from a few of our a'capella groups on campus, including Much More Chill and Some Like it Hot. We will also have representatives from other groups around campus explaining why this organization is important to them, including Voices for Autism, Council for Exceptional Children's Club, Fredonia for St. Jude, Operation Smile, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, Social Work Club, Women's Student Union, and Enactus.
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Tara O'Brien
Email: obrientara12@gmail.com
Phone: 845-826-1699
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Tim Hortons
280 Central Ave

Fredonia, New York
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM

Spread the Word to End the Word Banner Signing

Our student body will sign a spread the word to end the word banner pledging not to use the r-word. In return for signing the pledge, people will get a sticker, button or bracelet.
For more information
Cheryl Stark
Email: cstark@tvusd.k12.ca.us
Phone: 951-294-6638
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Gardner Middle School
45125 Via Del Coronado

Temecula, California
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Spread the Word to End the Word Middle School Breakfast

This is an opportunity for our middle school students in Lowell School to take the pledge to end the word. We will also be seeing the trailer for the forthcoming r-Word film.
For more information
More Details
Kimberly Palombo
Email: kpalombo@gmail.com
Phone: 609-335-2464
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Lowell School
1640 Kalmia Rd NW

Washington, District of Columbia
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Spread the Word to End the Word

Join us on March 4th at Cougar Court at Taft College where there will be a booth set up on campus for people to pledge to spread the word to end the R-word. Officers and members of the Best Buddies club will be talking to students and playing a video to inform. People who pledge will get a chance to win a prize.
For more information
Elizabeth
Email: esaldana@taftcollege.edu
Phone: 661-623-4828
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Taft College
Cougar Court

Taft, California
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

End The R-Word

Please help us to bring awareness to the public by joining us at the Uniontown Mall on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Public welcome.
For more information
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Brenda Fike
Email: brenda.fike@arcfayette.org
Phone: 724-438-9042
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Uniontown Mall
1368 Mall Run Road

Uniontown, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Spread The Word To End The Word in Siouxland

Student Council Students and Special Olympics Athletes unify together to help end the use of the "R-Word" in the Siouxland area.
For more information
Dee Sturgeon
Email: sturged@live.siouxcityschools.com
Phone: 712-899-7108
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West Middle School
3301 W.19th

Sioux City , Iowa
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015

Spread the Word to End the Word

St. Joseph Hill Academy Special Olympics Club will be hosting it's annual Spread the Word to End the Word pledge drive to promote acceptance, respect, inclusion, and friendship. Be a fan of RESPECT!!!
For more information
Amy Monahan
Email: amonahan@nyso.org
Phone: 212-661-5217
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St. Joseph Hill Academy
Staten Island, New York
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Kick-Off Pledge Drive

Special Olympics Santa Barbara is hosting a Kick-Off Pledge Drive to begin our month of R-Word Awareness. The public is encouraged to visit the pledge drive to learn more about how to Spread the Word to End the Word in our local community. Participants will receive a delicious cookie for their support!
For more information
Michelle Duke
Email: mduke@sosc.org
Phone: 805-884-1516
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Santa Barbara County Courthouse
1100 Anacapa St Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Santa Barbara , California
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Spread the R-word

We are spreading the new r-word which is respect because the other word, retard, is not a nice word to say to our special education students. Samuel Clemens High School will have a poster for people to sign and pledge to spread the word to end the r-word.
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Samuel Clemens High School
1001 Elbel Road

Schertz , Texas
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Shred the R-word - Grand Forks

Self-Advocacy Solutions, North Dakota, a statewide civil and human rights movement, continues their work with respectful language by hosting the 6th Annual "SHRED THE "R" Word in Universities across North Dakota. The event will be run for and by people with disabilities in the student unions of 7 Universities, from 11am- 2pm. Students will sign a pledge saying they will not use the "R" word in a mean and hurtful way, then take it one step farther and actually shred the "R" word in a paper shredder. This event is done in conjunction with Special Olympics' "Spread the word to end the Word" a global campaign to raise awareness on the need for respectful language towards people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This event is sponsored by a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. For more information on SAS, N.D. please call 701-746-7840. To take the pledge yourself go to www.r-word.org. RESPECT IS THE ONLY R WORD THAT IS ACCEPTABLE!
For more information
Carla Tice
Email: ddgrantsas@hotmail.com
Phone: 701-213-5691
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Self-Advocacy Solutions, North Dakota
1407 24th Ave S. 100

Grand Forks, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Shred the R Word - Williston

Self-Advocacy Solutions, North Dakota, a statewide civil and human rights movement, continues their work with respectful language by hosting the 6th Annual "SHRED THE "R" Word in Universities across North Dakota. The event will be run for and by people with disabilities in the student unions of 7 Universities, from 11am- 2pm. Students will sign a pledge saying they will not use the "R" word in a mean and hurtful way, then take it one step farther and actually shred the "R" word in a paper shredder. This event is done in conjunction with Special Olympics' "Spread the word to end the Word" a global campaign to raise awareness on the need for respectful language towards people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This event is sponsored by a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. For more information on SAS, N.D. please call 701-746-7840. To take the pledge yourself go to www.r-word.org. RESPECT IS THE ONLY R WORD THAT IS ACCEPTABLE!
For more information
Carla Tice
Email: ddgrantsas@hotmail.com
Phone: 701-213-5691
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Self-Advocacy Solutions, ND
1407 24th Ave S. 100

Williston, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Shred the R Word - Devils Lake

Self-Advocacy Solutions, North Dakota, a statewide civil and human rights movement, continues their work with respectful language by hosting the 6th Annual "SHRED THE "R" Word in Universities across North Dakota. The event will be run for and by people with disabilities in the student unions of 7 Universities, from 11am- 2pm. Students will sign a pledge saying they will not use the "R" word in a mean and hurtful way, then take it one step farther and actually shred the "R" word in a paper shredder. This event is done in conjunction with Special Olympics' "Spread the word to end the Word" a global campaign to raise awareness on the need for respectful language towards people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This event is sponsored by a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. For more information on SAS, N.D. please call 701-746-7840. To take the pledge yourself go to www.r-word.org. RESPECT IS THE ONLY R WORD THAT IS ACCEPTABLE!
For more information
Carla Tice
Email: ddgrantsas@hotmail.com
Phone: 701-213-5691
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Self-Advocacy Solutions, ND
1407 24th Ave S. 100

Devils Lake , North Dakota
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM

R- Word Pledge Day

Join us on March 4th at Highland High School in Medina, Ohio as we spread the word to end the R-word.
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Highland High School
Medina, Ohio
UNITED STATES

三月 4, 2015

Dartmouth Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign

Dartmouth Special Education Parents Advisory Council wants you to help spread the word to end the word. The purpose of this online/ social media pledge event is to raise awareness of the derogatory use of the r-word (retard or retarded) and its negative effects on people with intellectual impairments, as well as the families and friends. However, this campaign is about more than just raising awareness of the R-word; it is also about changing the attitudes of segregation and hate, to attitudes of acceptance, inclusion, tolerance, understanding. Lets focus on a better r-word: RESPECT.
For more information
Kathleen Amaral
Email: amaral.kathleen@gmail.com
Phone: 508-207-3015
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Dartmouth Public Schools SEPAC/online Pledge Event
8 Bush Street

Dartmouth , MASSACHUSETTS
UNITED STATES

三月 5, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Shred the R Word - Minot

Self-Advocacy Solutions, North Dakota, a statewide civil and human rights movement, continues their work with respectful language by hosting the 6th Annual "SHRED THE "R" Word in Universities across North Dakota. The event will be run for and by people with disabilities in the student unions of 7 Universities, from 11am- 2pm. Students will sign a pledge saying they will not use the "R" word in a mean and hurtful way, then take it one step farther and actually shred the "R" word in a paper shredder. This event is done in conjunction with Special Olympics' "Spread the word to end the Word" a global campaign to raise awareness on the need for respectful language towards people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This event is sponsored by a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. For more information on SAS, N.D. please call 701-746-7840. To take the pledge yourself go to www.r-word.org. RESPECT IS THE ONLY R WORD THAT IS ACCEPTABLE!
For more information
Carla Tice
Email: ddgrantsas@hotmail.com
Phone: 701-213-5691
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Self-Advocacy Solutions, ND
1407 24th Ave S. 100

Minot, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

三月 5, 2015
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Legislative Polar Plunge

The Legislative Polar Plunge takes place on March 5, 2015. Registration and the Plunge start at 3:00 pm. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
For more information
Kimberly Purdy
Email: purdy1kr@cmich.edu
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Capitol Steps
Lansing, Michigan
UNITED STATES

三月 5, 2015
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Spread The Word

Support Solutions of Arkansas is committed to Spread the Word to End the Word and our offices will be open for anyone who would like to come in and take the pledge on March 4th 2015!
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Evelyn Lander
Email: elander@supportsolutionsms.com
Phone: 479-276-3788
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Support Solutions of Arkansas
2216 Dodson Ave

Fort Smith, Arkansas
UNITED STATES

三月 5, 2015
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Pledge Drive

Come one come all to pledge to end the R-Word! Let's get most of Westfield State to end the use of this word-the time is now!
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Westfield State University
Westfield, Massachusetts
UNITED STATES

三月 5, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Shred the R Word - Minot

Self-Advocacy Solutions, North Dakota, a statewide civil and human rights movement, continues their work with respectful language by hosting the 6th Annual "SHRED THE "R" Word in Universities across North Dakota. The event will be run for and by people with disabilities in the student unions of 7 Universities, from 11am- 2pm. Students will sign a pledge saying they will not use the "R" word in a mean and hurtful way, then take it one step farther and actually shred the "R" word in a paper shredder. This event is done in conjunction with Special Olympics' "Spread the word to end the Word" a global campaign to raise awareness on the need for respectful language towards people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This event is sponsored by a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. For more information on SAS, N.D. please call 701-746-7840. To take the pledge yourself go to www.r-word.org. RESPECT IS THE ONLY R WORD THAT IS ACCEPTABLE!
For more information
Carla Tice
Email: ddgrantsas@hotmail.com
Phone: 701-213-5691
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Self-Advocacy Solutions, ND
1407 24th Ave S. 100

Minot, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

三月 5, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Shred the R Word - Dickinson

Self-Advocacy Solutions, North Dakota, a statewide civil and human rights movement, continues their work with respectful language by hosting the 6th Annual "SHRED THE "R" Word in Universities across North Dakota. The event will be run for and by people with disabilities in the student unions of 7 Universities, from 11am- 2pm. Students will sign a pledge saying they will not use the "R" word in a mean and hurtful way, then take it one step farther and actually shred the "R" word in a paper shredder. This event is done in conjunction with Special Olympics' "Spread the word to end the Word" a global campaign to raise awareness on the need for respectful language towards people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This event is sponsored by a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. For more information on SAS, N.D. please call 701-746-7840. To take the pledge yourself go to www.r-word.org. RESPECT IS THE ONLY R WORD THAT IS ACCEPTABLE!
For more information
Carla Tice
Email: ddgrantsas@hotmail.com
Phone: 701-213-5691
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Self-Advocacy Solutions, ND
1407 24th Ave S. 100

Dickinson, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

三月 5, 2015
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Shred the R Word - Fargo

Self-Advocacy Solutions, North Dakota, a statewide civil and human rights movement, continues their work with respectful language by hosting the 6th Annual "SHRED THE "R" Word in Universities across North Dakota. The event will be run for and by people with disabilities in the student unions of 7 Universities, from 11am- 2pm. Students will sign a pledge saying they will not use the "R" word in a mean and hurtful way, then take it one step farther and actually shred the "R" word in a paper shredder. This event is done in conjunction with Special Olympics' "Spread the word to end the Word" a global campaign to raise awareness on the need for respectful language towards people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This event is sponsored by a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. For more information on SAS, N.D. please call 701-746-7840. To take the pledge yourself go to www.r-word.org. RESPECT IS THE ONLY R WORD THAT IS ACCEPTABLE!
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Carla Tice
Email: ddgrantsas@hotmail.com
Phone: 701-213-5691
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Self-Advocacy Solutions, ND
1407 24th Ave S. 100

Fargo, North Dakota
UNITED STATES

三月 6, 2015
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

#ONEMOREGOV Spread The Word to End The R-Word Campaign

At Farrington High School we will pledge to end the R-Word on March 6th!
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Evelyn Utai
Email: utai808@gmail.com
Phone: 808-321-2406
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Farrington High School
1564 N. School St.

Honolulu, Hawaii
UNITED STATES

三月 6 - 7 2017

Montana Torch Run Kick-Off Conference & Awards Banquet

The Montana Torch Run Kick-Off Conference is designed to orient new officers and departments with the Torch Run program as well as inspire experienced officers already involved. It provides an opportunity for Torch Run volunteers to network, share and learn how to improve their local Torch Run programs, which contribute greatly to increasing public awareness and enhancing the lives of Special Olympics Montana athletes. The Awards Banquet will recognize sponsors and officers who have made a significant contribution to the Montana Torch Run.
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Terri Sappington
Email: tsappington@somt.org
Phone: (406) 216-5327
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Doubletree by Hilton
100 Madison St

Missoula, Montana
UNITED STATES

三月 7 - 8 2015

St. Louis & Southeast - Regional Basketball Tournament

Join us March 7-8 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri for the St. Louis & Southeast Regional Basketball Tournament. Basketball competition will be held at the following locations: SEMO, Osage Center and Cape School District. The Opening Ceremony will be held on March 7th at 6 p.m. and competition will begin March 8th at 8 a.m. Attention volunteers! We need people to run check-in and serve as scorekeepers, awards assistants and individual skills assistants. No experience is necessary as we will provide training on site. Most shifts are four hours, and each volunteer receives a free T-shirt. Please use the link below to go to the Special Olympics Missouri for information on how to volunteer for this event.
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Susan Shaffer
Email: shaffer@somo.org
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Southeast Missouri State University, Osage Center & Cape Girardeau School District
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
UNITED STATES

三月 7, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Special Olympics North Carolina West Basketball Tournament

Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination for a day basketball competition. This event will be held on March 7th at various locations throughout Charlotte, North Carolina. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email: modonnell@sonc.net
Phone: 919-818-4598
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Various Locations in Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

三月 7, 2015
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Kalamazoo Polar Plunge

The Kalamazoo Polar Plunge takes place March 7, 2015. Registration takes place from 1-3 pm with the Plunge starting at 3 pm. The After Splash Party will take place following the last plunger. Michigan is having 29 Polar Plunges in 2015. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics Michigan year round. By participating in a Polar Plunge around the state you are helping to raise funds for nearly 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports is the "vehicle," the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
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Krista Paulin
Email: pauli1kc@cmich.edu
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K-Wings Stadium
Kalamazoo, Michigan
UNITED STATES

三月 7, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Big Bear Polar Plunge - Big Bear Lake

The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and anyone to support people with intellectual disabilities by running (or pretending to jump) into the chilly waters at Big Bear Lake. A few hundred people are expected to weather the cold and plunge into 36-degree waters on March 7, 2015 to support Special Olympics Inland Empire. Each participant who raises a minimum of $50 gets a long sleeve shirt, lunch, a goody bag, and can enjoy the festivities (either by taking the plunge or watching from the "Chicken Coop"). Raise more than $50, and you will have the opportunity to earn cool and fun prizes.
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Abbey Leffler
Email: aleffler@sosc.org
Phone: 951.703.6502
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Swim Beach
41218 Park Avenue

Big Bear Lake, California
UNITED STATES

三月 7, 2015

U.S. Eastern Speed Skating Competition

Want to experience speed skating competition in its purest form? Come to Richmond Ice Zone in N. Chesterfield, Virginia on March 7th to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the track. 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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Holly Claytor
Email: hclaytor@specialolympicsva.org
Phone: 804-726-3025
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Richmond Ice Zone
636 Johnston Willis Dr

N. Chesterfield, Virginia
UNITED STATES

三月 7, 2015
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fifth Annual "End the R-Word" Celebration

Join us on March 7th at Westmoreland Mall (Center Court) in Greensburg, Pennsylvania where will be hosting an event to spread the word to the end the r-word. The event is free to the public and there will be a banner to sign the pledge, activity tables, an interactive DJ, live performances, local mascots, t-shirt giveaways and Glitter Dot the Clown who will be making balloon creations for those who attend.
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Jared Roser
Email: roserj@westmoreland.swsix.com
Phone: 724-830-3617
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Westmoreland Mall (Center Court)
5256 Route 30

Greensburg, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

三月 7, 2015
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The New 'R" Word is RESPECT!

Take the Pledge! Create posters for your schools, churches, or office. Tell your own stories for YouTube, videographers from Cornell Best Buddies. Skit by WeACT members, Unity House self-advocacy group. Make your own t-shirt. Information about services for developmentally disabled children, youth and adults. Films from Self-Advocacy Association of NYS, FUN!
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Patricia Gooding
Email: levelgreen2010@gmail.com
Phone: 607-339-9472
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Center Ithaca
171 East State Street

Ithaca, New York
UNITED STATES

三月 7, 2015
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sudbury Polar Plunge Ontario

In partnership with the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Greater Sudbury Police Service will be hosting a Polar Plunge at The Ramsey Lake Boat Launch to raise awareness and much needed funds for athletes and families of Special Olympics Ontario.
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Ramsey Lake Boat Launch
236 Ramsey Lake Rd.

Sudbury, Ontario
CANADA

三月 7, 2015
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Jefferson City - Regional Basketball

Join us Saturday, March 7th in Jefferson City, Missouri for the Jefferson City Regional Basketball Tournament. Basketball competition will be held at the following locations: First Baptist Church (301 E Capitol Ave); Lewis & Clark Middle School (325 Lewis and Clark Dr); Simonsen Ninth Grade Center (501 E Miller St), Thomas Jefferson Middle Scool (1201 Fairgrounds Rd) and Trinity Lutheran Church (803 Swifts Hwy). Competition will begin at 8am and go through 6pm. Attention volunteers! We need people to run check-in and serve as scorekeepers, awards assistants and individual skills assistants. No experience is necessary as we will provide training on site. Most shifts are four hours, and each volunteer receives a free T-shirt. Please use the link below to go to the Special Olympics Missouri for information on how to volunteer for this event.
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Susan Shaffer
Email: Shaffer@somo.org
Phone: 573-635-1660
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Jefferson City
Jefferson City, Missouri
UNITED STATES

三月 10 - 12 2015

Spread the Word Rally

Students at Boise State University be out on the Quad on Wednesday, March 11th, collecting pledges to get rid of the R-Word.
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Marissa Watkins
Email: marissawatkins@u.boisestate.edu
Phone: 208-546-1701
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Boise State University - The Quad
Boise, Idaho
UNITED STATES

三月 10, 2015

End the R Word

Join us on March 10th at the California State University Central Quad in Fullerton, California as we are ask students, faculty, and staff pledge to use respectful, people-first language. Participants will be allowed to sign a large chalk board and take pictures to show their pledge to "End the R-Word."
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Jocelyn Frierson
Email: jdfrierson@csu.fullerton.edu
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California State University
800 N State College Blvd

Fullerton, California
UNITED STATES

三月 10, 2015
11:30 AM - 05:00 PM

Spread the Word To End the Word Rockin the Oval

Join us on March 10th at the University of Montana Oval (UC if adverse weather outside) in Missoula, Montana. UM students and athletes will be rallying together to promote inclusion and respect for people of all abilities!
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Samantha McLeod
Email: samanthajomcleod@hotmail.com
Phone: 406-231-6805
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University of Montana Oval
Missoula, Montana
UNITED STATES

三月 11, 2015
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Midwestern University and Best Buddies Dance

Come get your groove on with Midwestern University students and members of Best Buddies Arizona for a night to remember! It'll be a fun filled night with music, dancing, photo booth, and refreshments as we ban together support the campaign to Spread the Word to End the Word.
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Vanessa Holmes
Email: vholmes16@midwestern.edu
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Midwestern University Gymnasium
19555 North 59th Ave

Glendale, Arizona
UNITED STATES

三月 11, 2015
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Rocky Mountain College Pledge Day

Students, faculty, and staff of Rocky Mountain College are invited to take the pledge to not stop using the word 'retard(ed)' on Wednesday, March 11th (coming back from Spring Break). Prizes will be awarded to those who take the pledge!
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Emily Schaff
Email: emily.schaff@rocky.edu
Phone: 406-489-1905
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Rocky Mountain College
1511 Poly Drive

Billings, Montana
UNITED STATES

三月 12, 2015
12:30 AM - 1:30 AM

Spread the Word Rally

We are having a rally during lunch. It will be filled with speeches, from our Project Unified Athletes and partners, music, students pledging to not use the R word, cookies. We are also having a lip sync battle with the teams made up from our unified teams. Our focus is to have athletes and siblings talk about how it makes them feel when they hear people use the Rword. Mostly our event will be filled with unity and fun!
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Jane Whitley
Email: jawhitley@regisjesuit.com
Phone: 303-269-8127
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Regis Jesuit High School
6300 S. Lewiston Way

Aurora, Colorado
UNITED STATES

三月 13, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

5th Grade Presentation

I will be presenting a Down Syndrome Awareness and End the "R" Word presentation to my daughter's 5th grade peers at Rohwer Elementary School on March 13, 2015.
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Buffy Beightol
Email: buffbeck@cox.net
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Rohwer Elementary School
17701 F St.

Omaha, Nebraska
UNITED STATES


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