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Latest News and Press Releases

Special Olympics Charges into Next 50 Years with Renewed Purpose: End Discrimination Against People with Intellectual Disabilities and Create Inclusive Communities

February 13, 2018

50th Anniversary turning point for global movement as work across the world focuses on inclusion through sport, health, youth and school engagement

Special Olympics Delegates Made Case of Impact and Need for Critical Funding on Capitol Hill

February 14, 2018

Special Olympics athletes, Program leaders, Unified partners, and family members from all 50 states and the District of Columbia converged on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on February 13 for Special Olympics’ annual “Capitol Hill Day.” This was the first time in the 16-year history of Capitol Hill Day in which all 50 states were represented, honoring the organization’s 50th Anniversary.

Special Olympics to Make Case for Inclusion and Impact on Capitol Hill

February 06, 2018

Special Olympics Athletes from all 50 States to Champion the
Rights and Needs of People with Intellectual Disabilities

Events Around the World

  • Feb 01 - Feb 28
    South Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges
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    Thu Feb 1 - Wed Feb 28, 2018
     
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    South Carolina
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    South Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges

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    Thu Feb 1 - Wed Feb 28, 2018
     

    Multiple Polar Plunge fundraising event take place across the state, mostly during the month of March. Many Unified Champion Schools get involved with the events as a way to raise money and awareness for both Special Olympics South Carolina on a state level as well as their individual school’s Special Olympics program. Youth and other supporters take the plunge into frigid bodies of water on behalf of Special Olympics.


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    Statewide
    Statewide
    Statewide, South Carolina
    USA
  • Feb 23 - Feb 24
    Special Olympics Burkina Faso National Games
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    Fri Feb 23 - Sat Feb 24, 2018
     
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    Ouagadougou
    Burkina Faso

    Special Olympics Burkina Faso National Games

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    Fri Feb 23 - Sat Feb 24, 2018
     

    Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Cycling, Football, and Swimming

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    Stade du 4 Août et Institut des Sciences du sport et du dévellopement humain d'Ouagadougou
    Stade du 4 août, Bureau n°62, P.O. Box 12 BP 25 Ouagadougou 12
    Ouagadougou
    Burkina Faso
  • Feb 26 - Mar 02
    Africa Leadership Conference
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    Mon Feb 26 - Fri Mar 02, 2018
     
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    Johannesburg
    Gauteng
    South Africa

    Africa Leadership Conference

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    Mon Feb 26 - Fri Mar 02, 2018
     

    Program leaders, national directors, board chairpersons and Regional Athlete Input Council members will gather for the annual Africa Leadership Conference. The leadership conference agenda includes some important sessions such as the Special Olympics Connect, the 50th Anniversary celebrations, Fundraising, and many more. The Africa Region Leadership Conference has been held every year since 2014, and delegates are looking forward to this enriching event!

    Contact information

    • Charles Nyambe
      President and Managing Director, Special Olympics Africa Region
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    Birchwood Hotel and Conferencing Centre
    14 View Point Rd, Bartlett AH, Boksburg, 1456
    Johannesburg, Gauteng
    South Africa
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  • Mar 02 - Mar 03
    Louisiana State Indoor Games
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    Fri Mar 2 - Sat Mar 03, 2018
     
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    3 venues
    USA

    Louisiana State Indoor Games

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    Fri Mar 2 - Sat Mar 03, 2018
     

    This is an event for all Areas. Male and female athletes from across the state will compete in Basketball, Bowling and Tennis. Sign up today to play, coach or volunteer for this event.


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    Independence Park
    7500 INDEPENDENCE BLVD.
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    USA
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    Sherwood Middle School
    1020 MARLBROOK DR
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    USA
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  • Mar 14 - Mar 23
    2018 Special Olympic Middle East - North Africa 9th Regional Games
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    Wed Mar 14 - Fri Mar 23, 2018
     
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    2018 Special Olympic Middle East - North Africa 9th Regional Games

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    Wed Mar 14 - Fri Mar 23, 2018
     

    The Regional games will take place from 14- 23 March 2018 with the participation of around 1800 athletes competing in 16 different sports , 450 coaches, 3000 volunteers and 100 honored guests. On the sidelines of the games several initiatives will be held: Healthy athletes program- Families forum- Young athletes demo- Youth Summit.

  • Mar 18 - Mar 23
    XXIX Italy Winter Special Olympics Games
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    Sun Mar 18 - Fri Mar 23, 2018
     
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    Bardonecchia
    Susa
    Italy

    XXIX Italy Winter Special Olympics Games

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    Sun Mar 18 - Fri Mar 23, 2018
     

    From 18 to 23 March 2018 over 500 athletes are the protagonists of the XXIX Winter Special Olympics Winter Games held for the first time in Bardonecchia / Valsusa. The charming town is not new to hosting major sporting events; in February 2006 it was one of the seats of the XX Winter Olympic Games. The athletes compete in different sports specialties: from alpine skiing to cross-country skiing, from snowshoeing to snowboarding.


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    Bardonecchia
    Campo melez
    Bardonecchia, Susa
    Italy
  • Apr 06 - Apr 08
    Special Olympics Zimbabwe SO50 National Games
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    Fri Apr 6 - Sun Apr 08, 2018
     
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    Harare
    Zimbabwe

    Special Olympics Zimbabwe SO50 National Games

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    Fri Apr 6 - Sun Apr 08, 2018
     

    Athletics, Bocce, Football, Golf. The National Games will be used to commemorate the 50th year Anniversary!

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    Prince Edward School
    Josiah Tongogara Street
    Harare
    Zimbabwe
  • Apr
    14
    Southeast Regional Powerlifting Competition
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    Sat Apr 14, 2018
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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    Pittsburg
    Kansas
    USA

    Southeast Regional Powerlifting Competition

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    Sat Apr 14, 2018
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Southeast Regional Powerlifting will be held at the Legacy Fitness Center, 2614 N Joplin, Pittsburg, KS on Saturday, April 14. The competition will run from 9:00am to 2:00pm. For more information, contact Chris Burt at burtc@ksso.org.


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    Venue(s)
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    Legacy Fitness Center
    2614 N Joplin
    Pittsburg, Kansas
    USA
  • Apr 16 - Apr 20
    Special Olympics Australia National Games
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    Mon Apr 16 - Fri Apr 20, 2018
     
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    Adelaide
    South Australia
    Australia

    Special Olympics Australia National Games

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    Mon Apr 16 - Fri Apr 20, 2018
     

    The pinnacle event of the Special Olympics Australia calendar, 1,000 athletes with intellectual disability will compete in 11 sports in Adelaide at the 11th National Summer Games. Competition will inlcude: Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling (Tenpin), Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Sailing, Swimming and Tennis.


    Venue(s)
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    Adelaide Shores
    Military Rd, West Beach
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Australia
    Events will be held in world class sporting facilities throughout Adelaide.
  • Apr 28 - Apr 29
    Special Olympics Bénin National Games
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    Sat Apr 28 - Sun Apr 29, 2018
     
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    Porto-Novo
    Benin

    Special Olympics Bénin National Games

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    Sat Apr 28 - Sun Apr 29, 2018
     

    Athletics, Badminton, Bocce, Cycling, and Football to take place.

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    Stade Charles de Gaulle
    Esplanade de Gaulle
    Porto-Novo
    Benin
  • May 11 - May 13
    South Carolina State Summer Games
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    Fri May 11 - Sun May 13, 2018
     
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    Columbia
    South Carolina
    USA

    South Carolina State Summer Games

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    Fri May 11 - Sun May 13, 2018
     

    Special Olympics South Carolina hosts more than 1400+ athletes, unified partners and coaches for the State Summer Games at the largest army training base in the country. Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina hosts the event with competition opportunities in aquatics, athletics (track & field), bocce (over 21 years old), bowling (under 21 years old), gymnastics and softball.


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    Venue(s)
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    Ft. Jackson – Columbia
    Strom Thurmond Blvd.
    Columbia, South Carolina
    USA