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There’s always something to cheer about at Special Olympics Virginia! Our most recent news stories are below. You can also access our Stories page for additional updates, or check out our calendar to find out what’s happening near you.

For media inquiries and questions about Special Olympics Virginia, email Holly Claytor, Senior Director of Public Relations, hclaytor@specialolympicsva.org or call her at 804.726.3025.


ABLEnow Feet Meet Series is Changing the Game

“As a mom, all I want is for my child to participate and be accepted.”It’s what everyone wants, really. A more inclusive and accepting community. An equal playing field. So this spring, we are changing the game. In…

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Auf Wiedersehen, Austria. Hello, USA!

Local Athletes Return Home from Special Olympics World Games Two local Special Olympics speed skaters returned home last Saturday (March 25) with more than just incredible stories and stunning photos, but also some snazzy new hardware.Congratulations to Craig Licorish…

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Craig (middle) on the ice at World Games

On The Record With Rose: Why Offices Need More Workers Like Me

Thanks to Special Olympics Virginia athlete Rose Pleskow for sharing her monthly blog post at Perfect Sense. "I have never let lifelong epilepsy or my intellectual disability stop me from doing the things I want to do in life.…

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Congratulations to the 2016 Annual Award Winners

Every year there are hundreds of volunteers and athletes who contribute to Special Olympics Virginia in so many ways. Picking a few volunteers and athletes each year to recognize as outstanding representatives of the program is a difficult task. Each…

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2017 World Games: Live Results

The 2017 Special Olympics World Games in Austria offer an international stage for our athletes to demonstrate their courage, determination and spirit of sportsmanship. Team Virginia includes two speed skaters and as they go for gold, we'll be posting live results…

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Volunteer2Cheer at Basketball Championships March 25 in Stafford

Coming to a court near you … 1000+ Special Olympics Virginia athletes will go for gold at the annual Special Olympics Virginia Basketball Championships, a fun, family-friendly way to score one for respect and spread unity. And we need you to…

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Spread the Word to End the Word March 1

The words we use have power to build each other up, or tear each other down. Join us in pledging to respect others with the words we choose on Spread the Word to End the Word® Day - Wednesday,…

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The hills are (nearly!) alive with the sound of Special Olympics fans in Austria

Local Athletes Headed to Special Olympics World Games, March 14-25Two local Special Olympics speed skating athletes will join 2,700 participants from around the globe next month for the year’s largest humanitarian and sports event, the Special Olympics World Winter…

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$170,000 raised at Plunges in New River, RVA & NOVA

Thanks to the 810 participants who brrraved chilly waters at Polar Plunges® in Radford, Richmond and Northern VA in February. Plungers celebrated a COOL $170,000 raised – and counting! – for Special Olympics Virginia.“At Special Olympics Virginia, our vision is to inspire the…

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Chill Seekers Needed: RVA + NOVA Polar Plunges Feb. 25

More than 500 chill seekers are set to cannonball in support of Special Olympics Virginia’s 27,000+ athletes with and without disabilities this Saturday, Feb. 25 at the NOVA Polar Plunge® Fest at Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant & Crabhouse in Dumfries and at…

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