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Volleyball

This page draws together volleyball-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


Volleyball

Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics volleyball.  View the Volleyball Fact Sheet

The game of volleyball is attractive to all types of players, from competitive to recreational, young and old. To play volleyball players need to acquire a few basic skills, learn a few rules, require very little equipment, and can play the game almost anywhere – from the beach to the gym. The aim of the sport is to score more points by hitting the ball with the hands and sending it over the net to the opponent's court.

Recently, Special Olympics was awarded a two-year grant from the SportsUnited Division of the U.S. Department of State to support a coaching fellowship to recruit and train high level Special Olympics coaches and leaders from the United States, Serbia, and Montenegro. A total of 20 fellows from the United States, Serbia, and Montenegro will participate in various 10-day workshops focused on recruiting and training high-level coaches and adapting their skills to work with athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete in soccer (football) and volleyball. Learn More


Volleyball Stories and News


mars 18, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Special Olympics South Africa Unified® Sports Day

By Ancilla Smith

Special Olympics South Africa together with the Bona Lesedi Disability project and the South Africa National Equestrian Schools Association hosted a Unified® Sports day at Shumbashaba.View Story Special Olympics South Africa together with the Bona Lesedi Disability project and the South Africa National Equestrian Schools Association hosted a Unified® Sports day at Shumbashaba. An opening ceremony was conducted with athletes parading in the sporting arena after which they participated in Bocce, 7-aside soccer and volley ball. Over 100 athletes participated in the event enthusiastically supported by willing volunteers. This event truly captured the spirit of unity and inclusion and all the athletes were thrilled with their medals. The closing ceremony was completed with a friendship circle and smiles all round.

About Ancilla Smith :I am the Marketing,communication and media manager for Africa region
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mars 18, 2014 |

Unified Volleyball on the World Stage

By Maureen Rabbitt

This Unified Volleyball® exhibition game, will bring together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities as teammates to showcase the power of Special Olympics in helping to unite communities and foster an environment of acceptance and inclusion.

One of the World’s greatest ever volleyball players, Vladimir Grbić, will join Polish volleyball stars to play alongside Special Olympics athletes at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Poland.View Story One of the World’s greatest ever volleyball players, Vladimir Grbić, will join Polish volleyball stars to play alongside Special Olympics athletes in a Unified Volleyball game at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, to promote greater respect and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. Taking place on Centre Court at Stare Jablonki on Sunday, July 7th before the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship Finals, the All Star game will feature four Special Olympics athletes from Poland and Serbia playing alongside Olympic medalist Vladimir Grbić as well as former Poland national players; Sebastian Swiderski, Pawel Papke, Zygmunt Chajzer and Cezary .

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am Communications Director for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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mars 18, 2014 | North America: District of Columbia

Unified Volleyball - Just as fun as the first time!

By Chris Parker Hunt

Our Team name was the "DC Stars"

My second round of playing Unified Volleyball with Special Olympics athletes from District of Columbia, proved to be just as rewarding and fun as the first time.View Story My second round of playing Unified Volleyball with Special Olympics athletes from District of Columbia, proved to be just as rewarding and fun as the first time. We definitely had more time and space to practice all season and all of us improved. During the Summer Games opening tournament we won 2 out of 3 games – all against tough opponents and we walked away with 5th place participation ribbon. We will have to work harder to get the gold! One of the athletes I play with was featured on the local news…Check it out. Jerome is amazing! Can’t wait for next season when we compete again and hope to make it to the medal round!

About Chris Parker Hunt:I am the VP of Strategic Gifts and Development Operations at Special Olympics and I am happiest when playing Unified Sports!
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Upcoming Volleyball Events


Date

Event

Location

déc. 13 - 14 2014

2014 Southern California Fall Games

Be inspired by athletic determination and courage. Come cheer on more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California as they compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons at Fall Games. The Games will feature our six fall/winter sports — bowling, floor hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Fall Games, one of our largest competitions, is the second of two Southern California competitions held every year.
For more information
More Details
Email:info@sosc.org
Phone:562-502-1100
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Fountain Valley Sports Park
16400 Brookhurst St

Fountain Valley, California
UNITED STATES

déc. 14 - 15 2014

Southern California Fall Games

Be inspired by athletic determination and courage. Come cheer on more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California as they compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons at Fall Games. The Games will feature our six fall/winter sports — bowling, floor hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Fall Games, one of our largest competitions, is the second of two Southern California competitions held every year.
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Fountain Valley and Irvine
Fountain Valley and Irvine, California
UNITED STATES

mai 2 - août 2 2015

Special Olympics Texas Winter Games

We are excited to invite you to the 22nd annual Winter Games! Athletes from across the state have been training for weeks to compete in bowling, powerlifting, and volleyball. In addition, special events such as Opening Ceremonies, Athlete Village, Victory Dance, Closing Ceremonies and various clinics and demonstrations will round out the experience for athletes, coaches and families in attendance. Special Olympics Games bring out the champion in all of us!
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Tela Mange
Email:tmange@sotx.org
Phone:512-491-2928
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Various Venues
Austin and Round Rock, Texas
UNITED STATES

avril 27, 2015

Coaches Training - Volleyball

This is a Coaches Training in the sport of volleyball. It is an online webinar so attendance in Mount Pleasant is not needed. To register for this training, please use the link below. If you have further questions please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu.
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Zach Warner
Email:warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

juil. 24 - févr. 8 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

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Volleyball Competitions

2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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Made Possible by The Annenberg Foundation

The Special Olympics movement is profoundly grateful for the support of the Annenberg Foundation which has underwritten the production of the coaches’ guides and resources, supporting our global goals for coaches’ excellence.

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