Press Releases

Press releases from Special Olympics headquarters and region offices.

July 20, 2016

MLS WORKS and ESPN to Host 3rd Annual Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Match

Special Olympics Unified Sports soccer players to compete in East vs. West match at Avaya Stadium in celebration of the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game festivities.

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July 14, 2016

Bank of America Expands Support of Special Olympics, Reinforces Commitment to Inclusion

Bank of America will support Special Olympics athlete leadership initiatives, Special Olympics USA and the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle.

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June 27, 2016

Special Olympics and WWE® Announce International Partnership

Special Olympics and WWE today announced an international partnership to help create change through sports.

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June 21, 2016

Special Olympics Receives Up to $22.5 Million from the CDC to Build Inclusive Health Programming

Special Olympics announced today that it will receive up to $22.5 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over the course of the next 5 years, including $4.5 million in 2016-17.

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June 03, 2016

Special Olympics Wins Accolades for Cause Campaign Building a Better World

Special Olympics was honored with three Cause Marketing Halo Awards at the 14th Annual Cause Marketing Forum Conference on June 2 in Chicago.

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May 23, 2016

MetLife Partners with Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity to Launch First EMEA Community Service Week

MetLife announces partnerships with Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity that will provide employees across its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) markets with the opportunity to volunteer in community projects.

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May 18, 2016

ESPN and Special Olympics Reach New Programming and Unified Sports® Sponsorship Agreements

ESPN’s Global Presenting Sponsorship of Special Olympics Unified Sports® has been renewed and expanded. ESPN will be the Official Media Partner through 2019 including Special Olympic World Games and Special Olympics USA Games, plus deliver additional year-round coverage and content.

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May 12, 2016

Seattle to Host 2018 USA Games; Most Significant Sporting Event to Come to Seattle since 1990 Goodwill Games

Seattle to Host 2018 USA Games Social Seattle to Host 2018 USA Games; Most Significant Sporting Event to Come to Seattle since 1990 Goodwill Games Special Olympics announced today that Seattle, Washington has been selected to host the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, the national games fo

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May 05, 2016

Words of Empowerment: Special Olympics and The Rosetta Foundation Continue Valuable Partnership that Removes Barriers to Information

The Rosetta Foundation announces the renewal of their long-term partnership with Special Olympics for an additional three years until 2019.

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March 14, 2016

Only One Year To Go Until the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 in Austria!

In exactly one year from today, more than 3,000 athletes from more than 100 nations will travel to Austria to compete in the Special Olympics World Winter Games.

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March 04, 2016

Al Roker and Dylan Dreyer from NBC’s TODAY Show To Take Polar Plunge® for Special Olympics in Chicago on March 6th

Special Olympics announced today that Al Roker, weekday weather anchor, and Dylan Dreyer, weekend weather anchor, from NBC's TODAY Show are jumping into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan and "freezing for a reason" - to help raise awareness for Special Olympics!

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March 02, 2016

Special Olympics and Best Buddies International Celebrate 8th Annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day

Special Olympics, Best Buddies International, and supporters from around the world will unite today on the eighth annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day to continue building awareness for society to stop and think about its use of the R-word and rally people to pledge respect toward all individuals, making the world a more accepting and inclusive place for all people, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

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February 26, 2016

Special Olympics Athlete Olivia Quigley Takes Home the First-Ever Pegasus Award of Inspiration at espnW's IMPACT25 Gala

Special Olympics athlete and espnW's IMPACT25 honoree Olivia Quigley takes home the first-ever Pegasus Award of Inspiration, honoring her perseverance, accomplishments and fervent will during her battle with stage four breast cancer.

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February 17, 2016

Burson-Marsteller Wins 2016 IN2 Sabre North America Award for Special Olympics International Campaign

Burson-Marsteller, a leading global strategic communications and public relations firm, today announced it won an In2 SABRE North America Award with client Special Olympics International for the “Lights!...Camera!...Inclusion!” campaign in the Best Use of Innovative Channels, non-profit category.

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February 16, 2016

First Special Olympics International Equitation Tournament in Guatemala

Guatemala is holding the First Special Olympics International Equitation Tournament from February 15 to 17.

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February 09, 2016

Steve Nash, Yao Ming, Andre Drummond, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker Named Honorary Coaches for Fifth Annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game at NBA All-Star 2016

This year’s demonstration game will feature 12 Special Olympics athletes from around the world playing alongside NBA legends and WNBA legends/players.

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February 02, 2016

Safilo Announces New Three-Year Commitment to Special Olympics at Its Global Leadership Meeting

Safilo renews its support of Special Olympics with the donation of over 160,000 spectacles and sunglasses per year up to 2018 for the athletes of Special Olympics.

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January 26, 2016

Special Olympics and Liberty Sport Address Vision Needs for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Liberty Sport provides key support to the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes® global vision care program.

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January 25, 2016

Special Olympics Announces New Members to International Board of Directors

The Special Olympics International Board of Directors elects two new members.

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November 11, 2015

Special Olympics Announces Additions to International Board of Directors and Discusses Strategic Priorities

The Special Olympics International Board of Directors met on 10 November in Washington, D.C. and elected four new members.

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November 02, 2015

Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver Named Walter Camp “Distinguished American”

Timothy P Shriver, Ph.D, chairman of Special Olympics, is the recipient of the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s Distinguished American award.

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October 30, 2015

Uruguay Will Host 2016 Football Cup

Uruguay will be the host country of the third version of the Special Olympics South American Football Cup, in spring of 2016

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October 26, 2015

Special Olympics Teams with Badminton World Federation

Badminton World Federation President Poul-Erik Høyer has hailed a new proclamation as “an important opportunity to support the Special Olympics community and to grow the sport in a new and untapped direction."

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October 15, 2015

Norton Rose Fulbright selects Special Olympics as nominated global charity for 2015 - 2016

Global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright is pleased to announce Special Olympics, the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities, as its nominated charity for 2015 - 2016.

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October 15, 2015

Golisano Foundation to Honor Grant Recipient Organizations and Recognize Six with Move to Include Awards at 30th Anniversary Celebration

The Golisano Foundation will celebrate its 30th Anniversary on Thursday October 15th at George Eastman Museum with a presentation of the first ever Move to Include Awards, a dinner reception honoring award and grant recipient organizations and a presentation by renowned photographer Rick Guidotti, creator of the Positive Exposure Photographic Exhibition.

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September 23, 2015

X Games Aspen 2016 Announces Sport Disciplines and Invites 2015 Medalists

X Games Aspen 2016 will mark 20 years of winter events, celebrating the progression of the winter version of X Games from its debut in Big Bear, Calif., into a full action sports and youth lifestyle festival as the event takes over Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen Snowmass, Colo., Jan. 28 – 31, 2016. The 2016 event will again feature action sports competitions, world-class musical performances and a festival village.

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August 12, 2015

Special Olympics and NIRSA Align to Promote Inclusive Sports

NIRSA and Special Olympics will work to expand Special Olympics Unified Sports® programs and opportunities at participating NIRSA member colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

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August 02, 2015

2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Closes With Celebrations & Dancing

After nine days of courage, competition and personal best moments, the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Closing Ceremony ended at Los Angeles Coliseum with dancing, joy and bittersweet goodbyes for more than 6,500 athletes from 165 countries.

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July 31, 2015

Carly Rae Jepsen, O.A.R. and Andra Day to Headline the LA2015 Special Olympics World Games Closing Ceremony on August 2

Victoria Arlen, Paralympic Gold Medalist and ESPN Reporter to close out ceremony with co-host David Egan, Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger.

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July 26, 2015

2015 Special Olympics World Games Open on The Eve of The 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

ESPN broadcasts live to a sold-out crowd of 62,000 family and fans in the stands at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

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July 25, 2015

Special Olympics Receives Largest Gift in 47-Year History from Golisano Foundation

Tom Golisano, will provide $25 million to expand Special Olympics' health services globally for people with intellectual disabilities, a population that lacks access to adequate healthcare and faces significant health disparities.

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July 24, 2015

U.S. Department of Education, Lions Club International, Kim Samuel Family Foundation, Mattel and Doha Goals Join as Sponsors of the Special Olympics GenUin Summit, Among Other Key Supporters

Social U.S. Department of Education, Lions Club International, Kim Samuel Family Foundation, Mattel and Doha Goals Join as Sponsors of the Special Olympics GenUin Summit, Among Other Key Supporters Summit Speaker Series to Feature Iconic Speakers with Projects Pitched to Celebrity Jud

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July 24, 2015

The Shriver Report Snapshot: Insight into Intellectual Disabilities in the 21st Century

Social Widespread Fear Still Persists About Parenting a Child with an Intellectual Disability; 9 in 10 Americans Believe Either All, Most or Some People Would Choose to Terminate Pregnancy or Give a Child Up for Adoption “The findings of The Shriver Report Snapshot: Insight

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July 23, 2015

NFL to Support Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015

Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers Join League in enhancing Special Olympics athletes’ experience in Los Angeles.

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July 16, 2015

Special Olympics Athlete and Advocate Lucy Meyer to Raise Funds and Awareness for Children with Disabilities Globally

Lucy will be speaking at major events across the United States, spreading awareness and raising critical funds in support of collaborative UNICEF and Special Olympics programs in countries such as Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Belize and Brazil.

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July 14, 2015

Westfield Supports the 2015 Special Olympics World Games At Events Throughout Southern California

More than 1000 delegates will be hosted by participating locations including Valencia, Topanga, Century City, Santa Anita, UTC and Plaza Bonita.

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July 13, 2015

Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) Final Leg for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Begins Today in Sacramento

Governor Jerry Brown and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom welcome Special Olympics athletes, law enforcement officers and World Games executives to celebrate Special Olympics Flame of Hope as it begins 13-day journey across California before the World Games.

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July 10, 2015

Special Olympics Flame of Hope Arrives in Los Angeles After Historic Unified Relay Across America Presented by Bank of America

The three flames will become unified at Dodger Stadium tonight with the completion of the Unified Relay and will be handed over to the Guardians of the Flame™, law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes, who will take the Flame of Hope on its Final Leg throughout California before arriving to Opening Ceremony.

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July 07, 2015

Trio of Murals Immortalize Special Olympics Athletes’ Journeys into Los Angeles History

Toyota inspires Los Angeles to participate in 2015 Special Olympics World Games and community legacy.

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July 07, 2015

Dodgers to Support 2015 Special Olympics World Games and Present World Games Medals to Softball Champions

To support this sports and humanitarian effort, the Dodgers have donated $100,000 to the LA2015 Special Olympics World Games.

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July 01, 2015

Special Olympics Announces Christa Skerry White as Senior Vice President, Global Development and Government Relations

Christa Skerry White will be responsible for creating and managing national and multinational strategies and partnerships – with governments, the global development community, private sector entities, and civil society organizations – in support of individuals with intellectual disabilities worldwide.

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