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Press releases from Special Olympics headquarters and region offices.

December 07, 2016

UMe Ushers in Holiday Season with Christmas Compilations Galore and An Official Christmas Playlist

The A Very Special Christmas album that started an international movement is now available back on vinyl. Released 29 years ago in 1987, this album brought together some of the biggest musicians of all time for a holiday album to support the Special Olympics.

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August 04, 2016

OWN Launches Inaugural "SuperSoul 100" List Celebrating 100 Individuals Using Their Power to Move the World Foward

Social OWN Launches Inaugural "SuperSoul 100" List Celebrating 100 Individuals Using Their Power to Move the World Foward This SuperSoul 100 list brings together members that span all ages, ethnic groups, industries, and faiths.

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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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