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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September 19, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Special Olympics mean everything to Pieter

By Emilie Bruynbroeck

Pieter Schram

Special Olympics mean a lot to Belgian swimmer Pieter Schram, one of the Belgian ambassadors. Pieter, 17, has autism and has had a rough time at school as well as at home.View Story Special Olympics mean a lot to Belgian swimmer Pieter Schram, one of the Belgian ambassadors. Pieter, 17, has autism and has had a rough time at school as well as at home. He found it hard to structure his life. That is why he was always very fidgety and too shy to make some friends. Swimming has helped him to create some structure as a result of wich he is much more at ease and he can cope with his environment more easily.Pieter is very grateful towards his coach, his school and Special Olympics for giving him this opportunity. The motivation he felt after he qualified has given his self-confidence a real boost.Today he swam the selection round of 25 meters freestyle. At the starting shot, Pieter burst into the water in lane five. He could conquer pole position immediately and didn’t give it away anymore. Evidently he cried a cheer of joy with a time of 17.4 seconds. A time with which he has a big shot on a gold medal.

About Emilie Bruynbroeck:I am a volunteer contributor at the media desk in Antwerp Expo. I study journalism.
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September 19, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics® Raises $500 Million for Special Olympics During 33-year History

By Christy White

In 2013, dedicated law enforcement volunteers raised over US$50.3 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and this week announced an extremely significant milestone: surpassing $500 million raised since the inception of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.View Story The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) for Special Olympics is the Special Olympics movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle in the world. In 2013, dedicated law enforcement volunteers raised over US$50.3 million for Special Olympics Programs around the world and this week announced an extremely significant milestone: surpassing $500 million raised since the inception of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. There is an untold story about law enforcement. This story showcases how law enforcement officers are going above and beyond the call of duty for the most marginalized citizens in their communities - people with intellectual disabilities.

About Christy White:I am the Director of Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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September 17, 2014 | North America: Washington

No Athlete to Super Athlete

By Elise Skovmand

When I turned 25 I joined Special Olympics. I have Cerebral Palsy. I liked water but didn't know how to swim. I wasn't doing well with sports when I was young, now I swim every day.View Story I am a swimmer. When I turned 25 I joined Special Olympics. I have Cerebral Palsy. I liked water but didn't know how to swim. I wasn't doing well with sports when I was young, now I swim every day. I have a friend who keeps me on task and reminds me to "Just keep swimming" in Nemo's world! Swimming has kept me active and helps me to be confident in the water and not be afraid. I strive for the Gold medals! Having good sportmanship is also part of the key to having fun. Now I am a super athlete!

About Elise Skovmand:I am a athlete. I like to Swim. I practice everyday!
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September 13, 2014 | North America: Louisiana

A little Special Olympics Serendipity in New Orleans

By Amie Dugan

(L-R): Wendy, Donna Martin of SOAZ, Mrs. Leah Chase

During the recent Law Enforcement Torch Run International conference in New Orleans, a group of Special Olympics staff and law enforcement officers ventured out to the legendary Dooky Chase's restaurant for lunch. Little did they know who they'd meet that day.View Story During the recent annual Law Enforcement Torch Run International conference in New Orleans, a group of Special Olympics & Special Olympics Arizona staff and law enforcement officers ventured out to the legendary Dooky Chase's restaurant for lunch. Little did they know who they'd meet that day. After lunch the group got a very rare treat: to meet the one and only Mrs. Leah Chase - the owner and one of most iconic figures in New Orleans' history. But, believe it or not, it got even better from there. Once Mrs. Chase heard what everyone did and why they were in town, she called over Wendy, her niece. Wendy works at the restaurant every day and is the chef behind their heavenly peach cobbler. The group soon learned that Wendy had herself been a Special Olympics athlete. What amazing serendipity! So if you ever go to New Orleans, stop by Dooky Chase's and think of Wendy as you enjoy that cobbler!

About Amie Dugan:Special Olympics North America Director of Marketing and Communications
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September 11, 2014 | North America: Texas

Better Rocks Than Words

By Tania Coombes

As a child in the '70s, I was called "retarded" by my peers. I'd run home from school crying as the kids shouted that word at my back. It seared itself into my ears and into my mind.View Story As a child in the '70s, I was called "retarded" by my peers. I'd run home from school crying as the kids shouted that word at my back. It seared itself into my ears and into my mind. I would hit my head repeatedly on the floor, trying to get it out. Fast forward to 2014. I'm now 42 and my able-bodied, "normal" boyfriend uses "retarded" to describe himself when he fumbles the remote control with his non-dominate hand. Stunned, I ask him to repeat himself, and he utters "that word" again. He acts as if it's nothing and can't understand why it upsets me. I remind him what happened to me as a child and the effect it had--and still has. He says he use to get rocks thrown at him. I would have gladly taken the rocks, I say. Each time I was called "retarded," it felt like getting hit with ten rocks at once. The emotional pain never went away. I'd like to think the "r-word" would die if we didn't use it, but there are those who keep it alive. Yep, better rocks than words.

About Tania Coombes:I was born with physical impairments, but was intellectually "normal." My son has cerebral palsy and other challenges, but has so far been spared the cruelty I faced growing up.
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Event

Location

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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Email: Kohlbach
Phone: 9197197662 ext 119
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PNC Music Pavilion
707 Pavilion Blvd

Charlotte , North Carolina
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
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 20, 2014
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Wertz Warriors 7th Annual Poker Run

Join us on Saturday, September 10 at 11 AM at Hank's of Alger for the Wertz Warriors 7th Annual Poker Run. Registration for the run will be from 10 AM to 11 AM. Entry is $10. After the race, runners must return to Hanks' by 4 PM where dinner will be served. There will be prizes, 50/50 raffle and an auction. Cars and motorcycles are welcome!
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Hank's Restaurant & Lounge
844 M-76

Alger, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 25, 2014

Cops and Calabash

Law Enforcement Officers will be waiting tables for tips during lunch and dinner service. All proceeds to benefit Special Olympics South Carolina.
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Fatz Café
1615 Sandfier Blvd.

Seneca, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Sep 26, 2014
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Lake Murray Stand Up Paddleboard Classic

Race day starts early with a race that features the Area 7 Special Olympics SUP team. This race is the culmination of the team’s summer training program and will be an inspiring start to the day. Race proceeds benefit the South Carolina Special Olympics.
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Lake Murray Dam
Lexington, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Sep 26 - 28 2014

State Fall Games

Nearly 1,800 Special Olympics Michigan athletes from all across the state will converge on southeast Michigan for the inaugural Special Olympics Michigan State Fall Games, September 26-28. Athletes will compete in Flag Football and Cycling at the Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Soccer at Independence Park in Canton, Softball at the Canton Softball Complex, and Golf at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Ypsilanti. Olympic ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White will be a part of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest. Along with winning gold at the 2014 Olympics, the pair captured silver at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and were World Champions in 2011 and 2013. This past spring, the Michigan natives competed against each other on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars where Davis teamed up with professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy to win the Mirror Ball Trophy. In addition to athletic competition there will also be a Young Athletes Festival for children ages 2-7 with intellectual disabilities and a Healthy Athletes Village where athletes will receive free health screenings.
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Aaron Mills
Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
Phone: (989) 774-4393
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Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest
1275 S Huron St,

Ypsilanti, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Sep 27, 2014

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day

On 27 September 2014, the fifth global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day (EKS Day) will be celebrated around the world, bringing together people with and without intellectual disabilities in various activities to honor the inspiration, impact and indomitable spirit of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. While 4 million Special Olympics athletes and millions of coaches, families, fans and friends live her legacy and lead our movement every day, we unite on Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day in over 100 countries and thousands of communities to show the world the power of unity to create opportunities of acceptance.
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Email: eksday@specialolympics.org
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Various Venues
Various Cities, Various States and Provinces
WORLDWIDE

Sep 27, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Kayaking Championships

Join us on 27 September 2014 at The Lelia Hynson Boating Park in Chestertown, Maryland as over 100 athletes and 30 Unified partners from around the state will compete in a full day of kayaking competition. Events will include: 100 Meter Straight; 100 Meter Doubles (Traditional & Unified); 200 Meter Straight; 200 Meter Doubles (Traditional & Unified); 500 Meter; 500 Meter Doubles (Traditional & Unified). For schedule details, please refer to the link below.
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Jason Schriml
Email: jschriml@somd.org
Phone: 4106152435
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The Lelia Hynson Boating Park, Washington College
Chestertown, Maryland
UNITED STATES

Sep 27, 2014
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Special Olympics Unified Match DC United

Join Special Olympics for a fun filled day of soccer on September 27th as D.C. United takes on the Philadelphia Union. Immediately following the match, D.C. United will be hosting a unified soccer match between Special Olympics Pennsylvania and Special Olympics D.C. Hope to see you there!
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Jake Lucas
Email: wlucas@dcunited.com
Phone: 2162241946
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RFK Stadium
1627 Lamont St NW

Washington, District of Columbia
UNITED STATES

Sep 27, 2014
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Rail Trail Run & Ride

This inaugural event along the Northern Rail Trail in the beautiful Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region of New Hampshire features 5K and 10K walking/running events and 50K and 100K bicycle races. Families can also participate in a 4.5 mile family fun ride. All races will start and end at Proctor Academy in Andover where a fall festival will include food, live entertainment and more! The 5K race includes Special Olympics and Unified Team awards categories to promote inclusion of people of all abilities in community fitness events. Register today by visiting www.bikereg.com/railtrailrunorride.
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Chelsea Gill
Email: chelseag@sonh.org
Phone: 603-624-1250
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Northern Rail Trail
Andover, New Hampshire
UNITED STATES

Sep 27, 2014

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day - North Carolina

Special Olympics North Carolina Youth Activation Committee is hosting an 2014 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day celebration during the Special Olympics North Carolina Central Soccer Qualifier event in Burlington, North Carolina. Come join our Project UNIFY youth, athletes and families for fun and games to celebrate the life and legacy of Special Olympics Founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
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Kelly Merkl
Email: kmerkl@sonc.net
Phone: 2407236601
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Fairchild Park
827 South Graham Hopedale Rd.

Burlington, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Sep 27, 2014
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Damian Lillard Basketball Clinic - Oregon

Damian Lillard, professional basketball player with the NBA Portland Trail Blazers and 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year will host a Basketball Clinic for 100 Special Olympics Oregon athletes at Lewis & Clark University.
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Lewis & Clark University.
Portland, Oregon
UNITED STATES

Sep 27, 2014
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Special Olympics Idaho Area 3-4 Fall Invitational

Join us on September 27th for the Area 3-4 Fall Invitational. Sports will include: Unified, soccer, bocce, golf, and softball. Softball and bocce will be hosted at Ann Morrison Park, soccer will be hosted at Nampa Job Corp and golf at Ridgecrest golf course.
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Jenifer Gardner
Email:  JENNIFER@IDSO.ORG
Phone: 208-859-8198
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Area 3-4 Fall Invitational
Various Venues

Nampa, Boise , Idaho
UNITED STATES

Sep 28, 2014
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Playmakers Autumn Classic 8k Run/Walk

Join us on September 28 in Haslett, Michigan for the Playmakers Autumn Classic 8k Run/Walk. The entry fee is $30 through Sept. 20, $35 from Sept. 21-27 and $40 on race day. This includes a Brooks long-sleeve technical t-shirt, electronic timing, refreshments and parking. Race times are 8:35 AM for the free kids run; 9:00 AM for the 8k run/walk as well as the 1 and 2 mile walks. Packet pick-up and registration are from 7:30-8:30 AM. Team sign-in and pictures at the Playmakers Race Truck are 7:45-8:30 AM. Runners awards begin at 9:45 AM followed by team awards at 10:40 AM.
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Alicia Armstrong, Race Director
Email: alicia@playmakers.com
Phone: (517) 282-5035
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Lake Lansing Park North
6260 E. Lake Drive

Haslett, Michigan
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
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

2014 Central Michigan University Homecoming 5K Run/Walk

The Central Michigan University(CMU) Homecoming 5K is a Homecoming tradition of more than 20 years! The CMU 5K Run/Walk starts Homecoming morning off right with a course that begins at historic Finch Fieldhouse. Registration is from 7 a.m. - 8 a.m, with the race starting at 8am. The registration cost for the race is $25 before September 15th and $35 afterwards. All participants will receive a shirt and medal at finish. Prizes for overall male and female finishers and master's (40+) male and female finishers and new this year - a prize will be awarded for the most CMU spirit! All proceeds benefit the more than 20,000 athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. Early packet pickup will be available at Special Olympics Michigan on October 3rd between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
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Erin Dougherty
Email: erin@somi.org
Phone: (989) 774-6278
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Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

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

Mt. Brighton 5k Mountain Challenge

Please join us at Mt. Brighton on October 4 for the inaugural Mt. Brighton 5k Mountain Challenge benefiting Mt. Brighton Adaptive Sports. The 5k (3.1 miles) course will take you up the front hill of Mt. Brighton to the back lush greens, woods and wetlands of the Golf Club at Mt. Brighton, then return you to the front, speeding downhill through the finish line on a mostly-paved path. Early Registration will be $25 through September 28. Online Registration will close October 3, 2014. Late Registration will be $30 beginning September 29 through race day. Entry fee includes a t-shirt (sizes available are Small - XXLarge).
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Mt. Brighton
4141 Bauer Road

Brighton, Michigan
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, 2014
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Special Olympics Southern California Unified Soccer Western League Finals

Join us on 10 October 2014 for the Special Olympics Southern California Unified Soccer Western League Finals at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, California. Unified Sports® is an inclusive program that brings individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and without intellectual disabilities (Unified Partners) together on the same team. This unique sports training and competition program is offered at select high schools by the LAUSD Adapted Physical Education Department. Students participating in the Unified Soccer League will have the opportunity to discover the capability and value within all students as well as experience the hard work, camaraderie and joy integral to team sports competition. Come cheer on our athletes and see the power of sports in action.
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Melissa Erdmann Manager
Email: merdmann@sosc.org
Phone: 562-502-1122
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Hollywood High School
1521 N Highland Ave

Los Angeles, California
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 11, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

2nd Annual Lake Shore Lap

Join us on Saturday, October 11th for the 2nd Annual Lake Shore Lap. Enjoy a beautiful run along Lake Huron in AuGres, Michigan. The Half Marathon Run beings at 9:00am, 10K & 5K Run/Walk begins at 9:30am and the 1 Mile Kids Hero Run begins at 10:00am. The race starting line is located at Knights of Columbus Hall on 263 S. Main St., AuGres, Michigan. Register for the race online at Active.com. Race packets can be picked up Friday October 10th from 7:00-8:00pm and Saturday, October 11th from 7:00 – 9:00am at Knights of Columbus Hall. All participants will receive a shirt and a medal.
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Knights of Columbus Hall
263 S. Main Street

AuGres, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Oct 11, 2014
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

2nd Annual Glow Run

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office will host the 2nd Annual Glow Run 5k Run/Walk at Dillon Park starting at 9pm and lasting until 12am. Registration begins at 8pm and participation in the race is $20 per person, $35 per couple.
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Deputy Mays
Phone: 803-436-2046
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Dillon Park
1210 Clara Louise Kellogg Drive

Sumter, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Oct 11, 2014
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM

Metric Century Ride

Metric century (60 Mile) loop bike ride and mountain bike trail (25 mile loop) offered. Registration includes T-Shirt and Refreshments. Proceeds to benefit Special Olympics Area 15 (Aiken, Edgefield, Saluda).
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Boyd Pond Park
373 Boyd Pond Rd

Aiken, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Oct 15, 2014
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Special Olympics Southern California Unified Soccer Northern League Finals

Join us on 15 October 2014 for the Special Olympics Southern California Unified Soccer Northern League Finals at Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, California. Unified Sports® is an inclusive program that brings individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and without intellectual disabilities (Unified Partners) together on the same team. This unique sports training and competition program is offered at select high schools by the LAUSD Adapted Physical Education Department. Students participating in the Unified Soccer League will have the opportunity to discover the capability and value within all students as well as experience the hard work, camaraderie and joy integral to team sports competition. Come cheer on our athletes and see the power of sports in action.
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Melissa Erdmann
Email: merdmann@sosc.org
Phone: 562-502-1122
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Polytechnic High School
12431 Roscoe Blvd

Sun Valley, California
UNITED STATES

Oct 16, 2014
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Special Olympics Southern California Unified Soccer Marine League Finals

Join us on 16 October 2014 for the Special Olympics Southern California Unified Soccer Marine League Finals at San Pedro High School in San Pedro, California. Unified Sports® is an inclusive program that brings individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and without intellectual disabilities (Unified Partners) together on the same team. This unique sports training and competition program is offered at select high schools by the LAUSD Adapted Physical Education Department. Students participating in the Unified Soccer League will have the opportunity to discover the capability and value within all students as well as experience the hard work, camaraderie and joy integral to team sports competition. Come cheer on our athletes and see the power of sports in action.
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Melissa Erdmann
Email: merdmann@sosc.org
Phone: 562-502-1122
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San Pedro High School
3210 S Alma Street

San Pedro, California
UNITED STATES

Oct 16 - 18 2014

Ruby Tuesday Give Back

Join Special Olympics South Carolina Area 3 (Allendale, Bamburg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg)for three very special days. Ruby Tuesday, 724 Citadel Road, Orangeburg will participate in Ruby Tuesday's Community Give Back Program. Grab your friends and family and join us at our location October 16-18. Present the flyer and 20% of your purchase will be donated to the local Area 3 program. You can even call ahead for reservations! For directions to the location visit rubytuesday.com
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Ruby Tuesday
724 Citadel Road

Orangeburg, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Oct 16 - 18 2014

Ruby Tuesday Community Give Back

Grab your family and friends and head over to Ruby Tuesdays to support Area 3 athletes. Present flyer to your server and Ruby Tuesday’s will give back 20% of your purchase to Area 3.
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Ruby Tuesday
724 Citadel Road

Orangeburg, South Carolina
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 17, 2014
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Special Olympics Southern California Unified Soccer Southern League Finals

Join us on 17 October 2014 for the Special Olympics Southern California Unified Soccer Southern League Finals at Huntington Park High School in Huntington Park, California. Unified Sports® is an inclusive program that brings individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and without intellectual disabilities (Unified Partners) together on the same team. This unique sports training and competition program is offered at select high schools by the LAUSD Adapted Physical Education Department. Students participating in the Unified Soccer League will have the opportunity to discover the capability and value within all students as well as experience the hard work, camaraderie and joy integral to team sports competition. Come cheer on our athletes and see the power of sports in action.
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Melissa Erdmann
Email: merdmann@sosc.org
Phone: 562-502-1122
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Huntington Park High School
6020 Miles Ave

Huntington Park, California
UNITED STATES

Oct 18, 2014

Elena Delle Donne Girls Basketball Clinics - California

Elena Delle Donne, professional basketball player with the WNBA Chicago Sky and 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year will host two Girls Basketball Clinics for 2 camps of girls ages 7 – 12 and 13 – 18 years of age that will encourage the importance of activating youth to promote inclusion in schools via Unified Sports® through basketball. Unified Sports pairs players with intellectual disabilities with players without intellectual disabilities to play together. The Unified Basketball Clinic will involve students from Archbishop Mitty High School and local Special Olympics athletes.
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Archbishop Mitty High School
San Jose, California
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 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
Email: sjones@somo.org
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Jefferson State Office Building
Jefferson City, Missouri
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
Email: mgoverde@sowa.org
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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 19, 2014
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

2014 Golf Championships (Level 1-5)

Join us on 19 October 2014 at Queenstown Harbor Golf Links in Queenstown, Maryland as athletes from around the state will compete in various levels of golf competition. Events will include: Level I – Individual Skills Competition; Level II – 9-hole Unified Competition Alternate Shot Stroke Play; Level III – 18-hole Unified Competition Alternate Shot Stroke Play; Level IV – 9-hole Individual Athlete Competition Stroke Play; Level V – 18-hole Individual Athlete Competition Stroke Play. For schedule details please refer to the link below.
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Tommy George
Email: tgeorge@somd.org
Phone: 410-242-1515
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Queenstown Harbor Golf Links
300 Links Lane

Queenstown, Maryland
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 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
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Special Olympics Southern California Unified Soccer Central League Finals

Join us on 20 October 2014 for the Special Olympics Southern California Unified Soccer Central League Finals at Roybal Learning Center in Los Angeles, California. Unified Sports® is an inclusive program that brings individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and without intellectual disabilities (Unified Partners) together on the same team. This unique sports training and competition program is offered at select high schools by the LAUSD Adapted Physical Education Department. Students participating in the Unified Soccer League will have the opportunity to discover the capability and value within all students as well as experience the hard work, camaraderie and joy integral to team sports competition. Come cheer on our athletes and see the power of sports in action.
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Melissa Erdmann
Email: merdmann@sosc.org
Phone: 562-502-1122
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Roybal Learning Center, Vista Hermosa Park
1200 Colton Street

Los Angeles, California
UNITED STATES

Oct 24, 2014
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Special Olympics Southern California Unified Soccer City Championship

Join us on 24 October 2014 for the Special Olympics Southern California Unified Soccer City Championship at Roybal Learning Center in Los Angeles, California. Unified Sports® is an inclusive program that brings individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and without intellectual disabilities (Unified Partners) together on the same team. This unique sports training and competition program is offered at select high schools by the LAUSD Adapted Physical Education Department. Students participating in the Unified Soccer League will have the opportunity to discover the capability and value within all students as well as experience the hard work, camaraderie and joy integral to team sports competition. Come cheer on our athletes and see the power of sports in action.
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Melissa Erdmann
Email: merdmann@sosc.org
Phone: 562-502-1122
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Roybal Learning Center, Vista Hermosa Park
1200 Colton Street

Los Angeles, California
UNITED STATES

Oct 24 - 26 2014

NIRSA Unified College Flag Football at the University of Florida

Join us as Special Olympics Florida Unified Flag Football teams participate in the NIRSA Championship Series at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Unified Sports brings people of all abilities together and are formed by combining players without disabilities with Special Olympics players of similar age and ability. NIRSA is supporting our Unified Sports program by offering a Special Olympics Unified Sports division. Come and see what all of the excitement is all about. For more details, please refer to link and contact information below.
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Eric Ascher
Email: EricA@recsports.ufl.edu
Phone: 352-273-2427
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University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
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
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Fall Sports Fest

Join us on 10 October 2014 for our annual Fall Sports Festival in Emmitsburg, Maryland as athletes and Unified partners from around the state will compete in various sports competitions. Events will include: Cycling – 500m time trial, 1k time trial, 2k time trial, 5k road race, 10k road race; Flag Football – traditional team competition, Unified team competition, individual skills competition; Long Distance Running – Traditional 800m run/walk, traditional 1500m run/walk, Unified 1500m run/walk, 3k race, 5k race, 10k race; Power Lifting – bench Press, dead Lift, combination (bench Press and dead lift); Tennis – individual skills competition, traditional singles, traditional doubles – level 2 and level 5, Unified doubles competition – level 2 and level 5. For schedule details, please refer to the link below.
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Mike Czarnowsky
Email: mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone: 410-242-1515
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Mount St. Mary's University
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road

Emmitsburg, Maryland
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


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