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August 15, 2012

IRS Form 990 Posted on SOI Website

The 2011 U.S. Federal tax return for Special Olympics Inc. has been posted on the SOI main websites Governance and Finance page. The form shows income and expenses for the calendar year 2011. 

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August 13, 2012

2012 Sport Rule Changes Posted

Changes to rules for several sports are now on the main and Resources sites. 
 

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August 10, 2012

Athlete Registration Packet Posted on Top 10s Page

The Special Olympics athlete registration packet, a PDF document that applies to all Special Olympics athletes who are registering to participate at the local level, is listed on the new "Top 10s" page.

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August 09, 2012

Touching, Amazing New PSA and Short Film for Special Olympics

Videos of varying lengths featuring Special Olympics Illinois athlete Susie Doyens are on the SOI website now. One's a 30-second PSA spot, and the other is   a beautiful 9-minute short film. You should see these videos!

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August 09, 2012

Benchmark Email Tips and Stats for First Half 2012

Rafael Pacheco, SOI's e-communications manager, has done a top-line review of Benchmark Email stats for the first half of 2012.

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August 09, 2012

One Cool Tool: The Special Olympics Program Research Toolkit

The Program research toolkit distills more than 10 years and thousands of pages of Special Olympics research data into user-friendly statistics and talking points. It is a toolkit for Programs to use to integrate those facts and stats into a grant application, press release, letter to a policymaker, marketing brochure, or other communications piece.

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August 09, 2012

Impressive Stats on Special Olympics' Worldwide Growth

The 2011 Reach Report is out. Check out the overview page for topline overview and an interesting infographic that spells out some of the most impressive and interesting statistics shown in the report. The 2011 report shows Special Olympics now has over 4 million athletes with intellectual disabilities involved in sports in 170 countries. And that's not all.

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August 03, 2012

2012 Truck Convoy Updates

The Stratetic Properties Department would like to announce update to the Truck Convoy Registration and Schedules for the folllowing State: Wisconsin, Nova Scotia, Missouri, Saskatchewan and North Carolina.

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August 03, 2012

Brand Training Webinar for North America Region Programs

Special Olympics North America has released a Webinar on "Aligning the Special Olympics Brand" for its Programs SEE MORE

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August 03, 2012

New E-mail Tag for the Winter Games in Pyeongchang

A new E-mail Tag has been released this week for the 2013 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Korea. Click here to download.

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July 27, 2012

New Movement-wide Publishing Infrastructure Coming This Fall

This fall, Special Olympics will introduce a new system for sharing stories, news and events. It's called Simple Stories: Unified Publishing Framework. The most exciting part of this is that anyone from anywhere can submit a story to Special Olympics is any of six languages. All stories that are accepted and published will be published on the Special Olympics main website and can be embedded on Program pages easily.

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July 27, 2012

Most Wanted Resources, Department by Department

Here's a new page that lists most-wanted resources department by department. If you're looking for something, check here first!

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July 26, 2012

Brand Guidelines Sub-Program FAQs

For our athletes and volunteers, to belong is to share skills and show the pride of their programs; but our new visual identity guidelines have been making it a challenging experience for them to do this while still supporting and reinforcing the Special Olympics brand. The Brand Guidelines Sub-Program FAQs explain the movement’s shift in thinking and how we recognize a sub-Program and make it easier for everyone to be “on brand”.

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July 20, 2012

New Young Athletes Curriculum

 The Leadership, Development and Education Department has published a new Curriculum which includes an 8 Week Lesson Plans for Special Olympics' Young Athletes Programs.

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July 13, 2012

Reach Report 2011 Published

This week Special Olympics released the long waited 2011 Reach Report with a report summary Infographic that gives a snapshot of all census data in the report and an overview of major milestones reached.

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July 13, 2012

The Guardian Newsletter

The Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council has published the Spring 2012 issue of its newsletter - The Guardian, with interesting stories and events from around the world and athletes profiles.

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June 29, 2012

Special Olympics Releases New Communication and Marketing Brand

Under a new brand image Special Olympics recaptures both verbally and visually the power of the human spirit to tell stories of its athletes in a powerful and compelling way. The new brand provides resources ranging from Brand Guidelines, Tools & Templates, to Logos and Factsheets that can be used or customized for use by programs around the world.

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June 29, 2012

World Games Family Registration Form and Instructions Updated

 

The 2013 World Games Family Online Registration Form and Instructions have been updated. Families atttending the Games are required to use this form to submit personal information for all family members who will attend, along with the name of your athlete who will be participating.

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June 25, 2012

New A Very Special Christmas Site is Up Now

A redesigned "A Very Special Christmas" website went up today. It's a way to take advantage of the expected worldwide interest in the 25th anniversary album of new songs coming out later this year.

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June 22, 2012

2012-06-22: Project Unify Publishes "Education Leaders Network Toolkit"

Project Unify has recently published the Eduaction Leaders Network toolkit for State Education Leaders to improve standards and policies for Inclusive Schools

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June 22, 2012

2012-06-22: Article I of 2012 Sports Rules and Summary of Changes Released

Article I of Sports Rules provides general principles established by the Special Olympics Official General Rules found in the sport-specific rules. In case of any conflict between the Sports Rules and the General Rules, the General Rules shall govern. Right click to download the the 2012 Article I and Article I Summary of Changes.

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June 22, 2012

2012-06-22: General Rules Articles Published in Web Format

The articles of the General Rules published earlier in PDF format are now available page by page in Web format.

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June 22, 2012

SOI Web Publishing System Upgrade in Early July

During the week of July 2, the content management system that SOI uses for its web publishing will be updated to a new version.

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June 22, 2012

EKS Day Section Revised

 The new EKS Day page on the SOI main site launched this past week. It has new information about the worldwide celebration in September and has another hard-to-spot feature: the imagery on the page and the social media in the right column change depending on where in the world you are coming from.

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June 21, 2012

New Feature for Board of Directors Page

The SOI website's Board of Directors directory got a nice upgrade this week. Each director now has link to a brief biography and photo. The bios and photos are assembled all on a single page, which makes browsing the list of directors more interesting.

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June 14, 2012

World Games 2013 Head Of Delegation Registration

Registration information about 2013 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Korea. This includes important dates, registration procedure and processes (Paper Entry, and GMS Exchange/Transfer).

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June 08, 2012

2012-06-08: Family Toolkit Action Tips and Committment Card - Arabic Versions

A collection of action tips and commitment cards for Healthy Athletes, Family Volunteers, Young Athlete Leaders and Community Builders translated into Arabic.

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June 08, 2012

2012-06-08: General Rules 2012 Published

The SOI Board of Directors has ratified CEO Dr. Timothy Shriver’s approval of Amendments to Special Olympics Official General Rules. The new Rules became effective on 1 June 2012.

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June 08, 2012

2012-06-08: New Softball Coaching Guides

This week, the Sports and Competition Department released a new online Coaching Guides for Softball. These guides are the key sources of coaching information for our volunteer coaches worldwide. Written by experts in the sport who understand that people with intellectual disabilities need extra time and attention to master new skills, the guides are helpful to anyone teaching a sport but are especially valuable when coaching Special Olympics athletes.

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May 29, 2012

New One Pager on the PALA Fit For Life Program for U.S. Programs

Special Olympics is promoting the U.S.-focused "Fit For Life" program, which encourages all people to get active five days a week and to eat a healthier diet. The new one-pager covers the program and provides links to related resources.

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May 29, 2012

Newsletters, Calendar and RSS Feed Presentation

Rafael Pacheco's presentation on how to use the Benchmark email tool for e-newsletters, polls and surveys; using the Special Olympics website calendars; and an introduction to RSS feeds is available for review and download now.

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May 29, 2012

Resources News Update Newsletter

Several times a week, new information and files are added to the Special Olympics Resources website. There's a page you can check to mind the changes, there's an RSS feed you can sign up for the same purpose and now, there's an automated newsletter.

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May 22, 2012

Revised Newsfeeds One-Pager, New Resources Feed

Newsfeeds of various kinds and sources will become increasingly important to Special Olympics in 2012. Projects under way now will use newsfeeds to share content directly with Program websites and potentially other third-party sites, too.

To help you understand what's going on, SO has updated the Newsfeeds One-Pager. Read it.

Also, there is a new version of the Resources Newsfeed. Subscribe to it here. This version is produced using a combination of the SO web publishing system and the Google Feedburner service.

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May 18, 2012

2012-05-18: World Games 2013 Family Registration Form

2013 World Winter Games Registration Form

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May 18, 2012

2012-05-18 Choose-to-change Card English Version

Two new “Choose-to-change” card in English given out to athletes at Healthy Athletes events – one on maintaining healthy blood pressure, and the other on proper hand-washing.

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May 18, 2012

2010-05-18: Healthy Athletes Software Forms Updated

The following Healthy Athletes Software forms for 6 Healthy Athletes disciplines have been updated: Fit Feet, FUNfitness, Health Promotion, Healthy Hearing, Opening Eyes, and Special Smiles.

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May 11, 2012

2012 SONA Marketing and Communications Meeting Resources

SONA Marketing and Communications Meeting Presentations and supporting materials from the 2012 SONA Marketing and Communications meeting in Orlando, April 24-16. Note: some presentations were not able to be shared for various reasons. The full Brand session presentation is not available for distribution at this time. SOI will be posting a version of the presentation on this site in the coming weeks.

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May 11, 2012

2012-05-11: World Games 2013 Pyeonchang Games Logos And Guidelines

2013 Pyeonchang Winter Games logos and guidelines on how to use them.

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May 11, 2012

2012-05-11 Family Toolkit Action Tips and Commitment Cards - French Versions

A collection of action tips and commitment cards for Healthy Athletes, Family Volunteers, Young Athlete Leaders and Community Builders translated into French.

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May 11, 2012

2012-05-11: Open Water Swimming Coaching Guides

Open Water Swimming Coaching Guides include a planning a training season, teaching Open Water Swimming skills and Rules, Protocol and Etiquette about the sport.

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May 10, 2012

Find Out What's Going On In the Movement

Now you can sign-up for every newsletter being distributed by Special Olympics. This includes headquarters, the regions, various programs and initiatives. These newsletters contain announcements, athlete stories, important dates, resources, updates and news pertaining to the movement.

Don't be the last one to find out! Sign up today at http://resources.specialolympics.org/Topics/Communications/News_Letter_Sign-up_Page.aspx

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May 04, 2012

Highlighting Recognition

The footer at the bottom of every page on the Special Olympics main website at www.specialolympics.org (and the Resources site) now features the four-star rating Special Olympics earned from Charity Navigator. This rating is praise for our fundraising methods, efficiency and transparency.

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May 04, 2012

Sessions for International Staff

Our slate of three brownbags (MySOI, Newsletters and Webby World) will be delivered to regions on May 15, May 22 and May 29.

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May 04, 2012

Sponsor Promotion Changes Coming in Early May

A project to redo the way major sponsors are promoted on the Special Olympics home page and Region section fronts will complete next week.

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April 27, 2012

MySOI Overview

William Awumey presented an excellent overview of the MySOI intranet today in a meeting for SOI HQ and dial-ins. This same presentation will be made to Regions in the coming days. Check out the presentation.

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April 27, 2012

A New Look for the SOI CMS

The revised CMS will bring a variety of improvements, including the ability to sign in with Firefox and Safari. It also uses a different color palette and fonts.

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April 26, 2012

On May 18, Learn 30 Things about the SOI Web World

With the newly designed SOI main website, the new multi-language capabilities, the improved and expanded SOI calendar, a beefier Resources.specialolympics.org site and previously little-known features of MySOI, there are many ways to spread the word about what all of us are doing.

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April 18, 2012

New: IOC and IPC Toolkit

Learn how the Olympics, Paralympics and Special Olympics differ in who may compete in their competitions, in their philosophy and in their structure.

Go to http://resources.specialolympics.org/Topics/Sports/IOC_and_IPC_Tool_Kit.aspx to see the toolkit.

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April 10, 2012

New: Bequests and Estate Gifts Page

We have created a special section on our website called "Bequests and Estate Gifts" that instructs individuals on how they can designate Special Olympics to receive estate assets in the future or make immediate gifts that will not impact their cash flow, lifestyle, or family security.

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April 10, 2012

In April, Major Changes in Multimedia Promotions

In late April, the way we promote videos, slideshows and articles will be transformed. We will claim the Show Your Support area for promoting multimedia on every page. We will make our collection pages more interesting. And the way we organize and publish our multimedia pieces will also change.

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April 10, 2012

Cool New WWW Shortcut URLs for Language Content

We have created three new URLs that point directly to the www.specialolympics.org site in three languages. These are short URLs that will be handy for promotions in an area that is predominantly one language. The URL http://www.specialolympics.org/mena shows the site in Arabic; http://www.specialolympics.org/cn shows the site in Chinese, and http://www.specialolympics.org/la shows the site in Spanish.

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March 30, 2012

Changes to General Rules Posted

The SOI Board of Directors has ratified CEO Dr. Timothy Shriver’s approval of Amendments to Special Olympics Official General Rules. The new rules become effective on 1 June 2012 but in the meantime a detailed description of each amendment and cross-reference to the new section in the reorganized version are available on the General Rules page.

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March 30, 2012

New: How to use Special Olympics Newsfeeds

Check out the new one-pager on setting up and using newsfeeds using the WWW and Resources websites.

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March 29, 2012

Stronger Promotion for Calendars

The Resources website was updated this morning to add a prominent promotion for use of the Special Olympics calendar entry form. The new promo is in the right column on every page of resources.specialolympics.org

The calendar system has seen pretty good usage, but there is much more that can be done. There is also a revised one=pager on the SO calendars and the key role events play in Program promotion. 

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March 28, 2012

All Pages on WWW and Resources can be Read Aloud

ReadSpeaker is a great new feature of the site that is meant to help people who have difficulty reading to understand our content by reading the pages out loud.

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March 28, 2012

Trainings in New Web Capabilities Coming for All SO

In April and May, the Special Olympics web team of Will Schermerhorn, Rafael Pacheco and William Awumey will be presenting group learning sessions to make more people at Special Olympics aware of new website features and capabilities.

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March 27, 2012

Reminder: Messages for Programs From CEO and COO

The Special Olympics headquarters office can help you arrange videotaped messages from SO Chairman Tim Shriver, COO Brady Lum and other leaders by request.

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March 27, 2012

GYAS Chaperone and Youth Leader Forms

The applications and informational resources for the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games Global Youth Activation Summit (GYAS) are online now. Special Olympics it's the start of an open call for applicants from a wide variety of youth sources and multiple National Programs.

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March 27, 2012

Delegation Forms for World Winter Games Available

Today, the many forms delegations to the 2013 World Games need to fill out were published on the Resources website. There is a 50-page guide to how to fill out the forms, plus the 23 forms and a checklist that the guide mentions.

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March 27, 2012

Find World Games in the Resources Nav Bar

Starting today, there is a Resources nav bar item labeled World Games. It is on the far left, easy to find, and packed with helpful links.

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March 23, 2012

Central America Games Website is Live

Special Olympics Latin America is presenting its Central America Games in mid April. The new Central America Games website in Spanish is now live.

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March 23, 2012

How the Special Olympics Calendar Works

The new Special Olympics Calendar allows anyone in a Special Olympics office, Region or Program to send events. Special Olympics staff in Region offices review and approve each event before it goes live. Check out the Calendar One Pager for more information.

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March 23, 2012

How Nonprofits Can Use Live Streaming on YouTube

Special Olympics social media manager Ryan Eades discovered today that YouTube allows nonprofit organizations to use YouTube for live streaming of video. See below for more details.

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March 19, 2012

Law Enforcement Torch Run Contacts Updated

The list of all LETR contacts was updated today. See the LETR Resources page for the updated list.

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March 16, 2012

Use this Shortcut URL for World Games 2013 Resources

Starting Tuesday, March 20, the URL http://resources.specialolympics.org/worldgames2013 can be used to provide direct access to downloads and info on the PyeongChang Games.

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March 16, 2012

Submitting Complete Event Information is Key on Calendar

All events shown in our Worldwide Calendar of Events on the main Special Olympics site and the Master Calendar of Events on the Resources site need to have specific venues and detailed descriptions

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March 15, 2012

Many Additions Made to Main Menu on Resources

In the last few days, we have added sections and individual items to the navigation menu on the home page of Resources.specialolympics.org. Look for entries for Contact Lists, Master Plan, Publications and Graphics and Style Guides.

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March 13, 2012

Search now Works on the Resources Website

After several weeks of outage, Google search results have been implemented on the Resources site. We are in the process of assessing most-used search terms to create suggested search results to make finding key pages faster for you.

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March 01, 2012

Our New Website Has Launched and is Multi-Everything

Our website at http://www.specialolympics.org is a multi-language, multi-platform, social-media friendly site that knows where in the world you are.

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