Press Releases

Press releases from Special Olympics headquarters and region offices.

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

The second Special Olympics American Football Cup will be in Uruguay in the 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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June 29, 2015

LA84 Foundation Pledges $1 Million to Special Olympics World Games

Legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games supports the success of the largest sports event in the world this year and provides the largest gift from a private foundation to date.

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June 18, 2015

Talent Announced for Opening Ceremony at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles

Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, O.A.R., Cody Simpson, Nicole Scherzinger, J Balvin and Reach Up LA theme song creator Siedah Garrett will headline the event.

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June 03, 2015

Expanded Jr. NBA Efforts to Launch October 2015

The NBA's youth basketball participation program aims to reach five million children in two years with support from network of community organizations including Special Olympics and schools.

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June 01, 2015

ESPN Extends Support of Special Olympics’ Global Initiative to Promote Social Inclusion and Acceptance through Sports

ESPN will extend its commitment to be the global presenting sponsor and official media sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports.

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May 28, 2015

Special Olympics Announces Social Impact Summit to Take Place During Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles

GenUin Summit will convene 120 youth leaders to redefine social change.

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May 26, 2015

Special Olympics Kicks-Off Historic Unified Relay Across America Presented by Bank of America

Thousands to carry the flame of hope in three relay routes crossing the nation. Visit unifiedrelay.org to track the torch daily. ESPN and ABC to showcase story of historic relay leading up to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

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May 19, 2015

Law Enforcement Torch Run® to Carry Special Olympics Flame of Hope to 2015 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony

Traveling nearly 7,000 miles around the globe, law enforcement volunteers will carry the torch during Final Leg for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.

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May 14, 2015

The Special Olympics Flame of Hope is Ignited in Athens

The Flame of Hope begins its historic journey to the United States for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

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May 08, 2015

Special Olympics World Games Commemorated on Forever Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service begins celebrating the 2015 Special Olympics World Games by issuing the Special Olympics World Games Forever stamp during the Special Olympics Southern California 2015 Orange County Spring Regional Games in Irvine tomorrow. The stamp will be available nationwide May 9.

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April 28, 2015

2015 Special Olympics World Games partners with Herbalife

Games Supplier will provide 300,000 nutrition bars for athletes, coaches, volunteers and guests, and host the organizing committee’s Uniform Distribution and Credentialing Center.

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April 16, 2015

Toyota Celebrates the Journey to the Games

Dealerships Across the U.S. will Support Special Olympics USA Athletes and the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

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April 16, 2015

2015 Special Olympics World Games Celebrates "100 Days Away"

Social 2015 Special Olympics World Games Celebrates "100 Days Away" Olympic heroes Julie Foudy, Greg Louganis and John Naber Unveil World Games Medals and Distinction Ribbons 2015-04-16 Press Release LOS ANGELES, April 16, 2015  - 100 days from today, more than 7,000 athlet

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April 16, 2015

Toys“R”Us® In-Store Campaign Raises More than $2 Million to Benefit Special Olympics

Throughout the duration of the eight-week awareness and fundraising program, Toys"R"Us customers pledged their support to help children with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience #MyFirstSportsMoment by learning how to hit balls, run bases, take jump shots and more through Special Olympics.

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April 16, 2015

Avril Lavigne Releases New Single "Fly" and Music Video to Benefit Special Olympics

International, award-winning musician and philanthropist Avril Lavigne debuted her song "Fly" to benefit Special Olympics today. The inspiring music video for "Fly" debuted today on ABC's Good Morning America, featuring Avril Lavigne and Special Olympics athletes from around the world.

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April 16, 2015

ESPN Announces Initial Coverage Team and Plans for Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015

Live coverage of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 Opening Ceremony will capture the full pageantry of the multiple performances, torch lighting and Parade of Athletes at the Los Angeles Coliseum, as well as interviews, features and reports from Los Angeles. ESPN's nightly studio programs will deliver stories, vignettes and features from around the World Games, as well as recapping the key results from each days' competitions.

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April 16, 2015

Twenty World Champion Olympic Medalists Challenge Fellow Olympians and Peers to Participate in the First-Ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America

Through the Special Olympics Unified Relay Olympian Challenge, Olympic medalists have committed to running, biking or walking a segment in the upcoming Unified Relay Across America. They will help to carry the torch and deliver the Flame of Hope, the official torch for the Special Olympics World Games, to Los Angeles, while challenging their fellow Olympians and peers across the world to participate.

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