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Press Releases: Special Olympics in North America

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March 15, 2014

Special Olympics Demonstrates Need and Impact to Lawmakers

2014 Capitol Hill Day in U.S. Athletes and leaders demonstrate need and impact to lawmakers, and Special Olympics bestows it's highest honor on a legislative champion.

January 14, 2014

Special Olympics North America Announces 2013 Coaches of the Year!

Special Olympics North America announces its 2013 Coaches of the Year! Social Special Olympics North America is honored to announce the selection of Jennifer Walsh of Massachusetts and Rob Wagner of Iowa as the Special Olympics North America 2013 Coaches of the Year! 2014-01-14

June 03, 2013

"Our Athletes Lost a Friend Today"

"Our Athletes Lost a Friend Today:" Special Olympics Mourns Passing of Sen. Lautenberg (NJ)

October 29, 2012

2014 Cessna Citation Special Olympics Airlift

Cessna Citation Special Olympics Airlift to Carry Athletes to 2014 Special Olympics USA Games

October 10, 2012

Special Olympics Unveils Game-Changing Online Courses for Coaches

Special Olympics announced the launch of two break-through online education resources for its coaches, aimed at improving the quality and consistency of Special Olympics’ coaches training worldwide. 

October 09, 2012

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Partners with Law Enforcement Officers to Raise Funds for Special Olympics

Law enforcement officers across the country will unite at Red Robin® restaurants Red Robin to serve guests through Tip-A-Cop® events on Saturday, Oct. 13 to raise funds for Special Olympics. At the events, which are occurring in 380 Red Robin restaurants in 39 states, law enforcement officers will trade in their handcuffs and badges between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. to earn tips from restaurant guests to benefit their local Special Olympics Program.

October 02, 2012

Barnabas Health Presenting Sponsor of 2014 USA Games' Family Programs

Barnabas Health Supporting Families of 2014 USA Games

August 08, 2012

Special Olympics Leaving Viewers “Speechless” with New Public Service Announcement

Susie Doyens remained practically mute for most of her childhood due to social pressure and anxiety. See how she literally shattered those fears with the confidence gained through Special Olympics.

July 22, 2012

PSE&G Powers 2014 USA Games with $1M Pledge

PSE&G named Founding Partner of 2014 USA Games with $1M pledge

March 14, 2012

Toys"R"Us Named Founding Partner of 2014 Special Olympics USA Games

SocialToys"R"Us Named Founding Partner of 2014 Special Olympics USA GamesBuilding on a Company wide Commitment to Supporting Children with Special Needs, Toys“R”Us® will Serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the 2014 Games First ever Young Athletes™ Festival2012 03 14(PRINCETON, NJ)

February 16, 2012

Special Olympics Joins USBC Open Championships for 22nd Year

For more than two decades, the United States Bowling Congress and Special Olympics have teamed up to provide a one-of-a-kind bowling experience to athletes from across the United States, and that partnership continued this week at the Baton Rouge River Center.

February 03, 2012

Special Olympics & Best Buddies Converge on Capitol Hill to Urge for Critical Government Support

Special Olympics & Best Buddies Converge on Capitol Hill to Urge for Critical Government Support

September 14, 2011

Los Angeles to Host 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games

The world’s largest sports and humanitarian event is coming to the world’s capital for media and entertainment.

August 25, 2011

Special Olympics Ranked Number One for People With Disabilities by Philanthropedia

Special Olympics has earned the number one spot on a newly released national list of high-impact non-profit organizations serving people with disabilities.The ranking came from Philanthropedia, a subsidiary of industry non-profit data leader Guidestar, which evaluates nonprofit effectiveness.

August 01, 2011

Michael Phelps Becomes Special Olympics' Newest Global Ambassador

Following the World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China, Special Olympics announced a new partnership with the Michael Phelps Foundation and appointed the international swimming legend as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador.

July 03, 2011

Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011 Closes with Celebration of Athletes & Volunteers

Tomorrow evening on Monday 4 July, Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011 will come to a close after 10 days of competition among nearly 7000 athletes from almost 180 countries.

June 27, 2011

Coca-Cola Marketing Campaigns Put Spotlight on Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011

Harnessing the power of an integrated marketing campaign that includes engagement via social media, in-store retail displays, fund-raising activities, employee volunteers, a television commercial and experiential activity, The Coca-Cola Company is creating greater awareness for the Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011.

June 23, 2011

Celebrities, Olympians and Special Olympics Athletes Unite for Unity Sports Events at World GamesNew exhibition events debuted at World Games Athens 2011

Special Olympics will introduce a new sports exhibition at the World Games, Unity Sports Events, a series of competitions that pair people with and without intellectual disabilities to compete alongside one another on the field of play.

June 23, 2011

Dr. Jill Biden to Lead Presidential Delegation to the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

On Friday, June 24th, Dr. Jill Biden will lead a Presidential Delegation to the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece

June 22, 2011

President Obama Announces the Designation of a Presidential Delegation to Athens, Greece to Attend the Special Olympics World Summer Games

President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Athens, Greece to attend the Special Olympics World Summer Games.

June 21, 2011

Celebrate: Special Olympics

Special Olympics International & Hilton HHonors invite media to a special reception honoring the athletes and volunteers of the World Summer Games.

May 09, 2011

AT&T Joins Forces with Special Olympics to Support Athletes Across the Country

AT&T* and Special Olympics announced today the launch of a new cause-related marketing initiative to support the organization and its mission to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

May 05, 2011

Procter & Gamble Honors Moms of Special Olympics Athletes by Supporting the Global Movement and Special Olympics Team USA's Journey to the Upcoming World Games

Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), proud partner of Special Olympics for thirty-one years, announced today a program that honors Special Olympics moms by supporting their sons and daughters with a gift to Special Olympics of $250,000 to support local programs and services.

March 28, 2011

Red Robin Raises Record-Breaking $744,000 during National Tip-A-Cop Events to Support Special Olympics

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) and law enforcement officers in cities across the country raised a record-breaking $744,000 during national in-restaurant Tip-A-Cop events and a week-long burger fundraiser to support Special Olympics.

March 15, 2011

New Jersey to Host 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games

Special Olympics announced today that New Jersey has been selected to host the 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games. The announcement was made at a 1 p.m. press conference at The Prudential Center in Newark. The event was sponsored by the New Jersey Devils and the Prudential Center, who will also be the hosts of the Games’ Opening Ceremonies.

March 08, 2011

Special Olympics’ Kathryn Clark Honored With Peace Corps’ Kennedy Service Award

Over the weekend Special Olympics’ Director of Athlete Leadership Programs Kathryn Clark was one of six members of the Peace Corps family to be honored with receiving the 2011 John F. Kennedy Service Award.

March 03, 2011

Special Olympics and Best Buddies International Urge Congress- "Don't Send People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities into the Dark"

Special Olympics and Best Buddies International joined together yesterday on Capitol Hill to urge members of the House and Senate to continue a national commitment by the U.S. Congress to support both programs through partial funding.

February 07, 2011

America’s Strongest Man and “World’s Strongest” Police Officer Derek Poundstone Joins Special Olympics As Law Enforcement Torch Run® Global Ambassador

Special Olympics announced on Saturday that America’s Strongest Man and Naugatuck, CT police officer Derek Poundstone has joined the Special Olympics family as the Movement’s first-ever Law Enforcement Torch Run® Global Ambassador.

January 26, 2011

Walmart Foundation Boosts Support for Special Olympics Health Programs with $500,000 in Grants

Long-time Special Olympics supporter the Walmart Foundation has awarded $500,000 to Special Olympics in order to maintain the Healthy Athletes® initiatives run by its state Programs across the U.S., as well as enhance the quality and capacity of health-related events.

January 18, 2011

Special Olympics Mourns the Loss of Sargent Shriver

Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. died this afternoon at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD, surrounded by his family.

January 15, 2011

NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Special Olympics Officialy Team-Up

The Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Special Olympics announced a partnership during the Division III business session, part of the NCAA Convention.


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