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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.


Lessons from the Special Olympics VA Staff

A Summer Intern Shares her ExperiencesBy Cassie CoughlanAt events, they’re seen at the check-in tables, mentioned in the half-listened-to list of thank-yous, and spotted running around, responding to requests and complaints. They’re the ones that “without them, this…

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Be plane amazing at Plane Pull

We only have a few spots on the rope remaining at the 25th annual Dulles Day Festival & Plane Pull. Register today by visiting planepull.com and and be part of our new plane awesome athlete fundraising coach program!More…

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The Countdown Has Begun: 2018 Special Olympics USA Games One Year Away

The one-year countdown to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games has officially begun. One year from now – July 1-6, 2018 – more than 4,000 Special Olympics athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will gather in Seattle to compete before…

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Champions Together: Unified Sports® in Action

Now entering its 3rd year, Special Olympics Virginia’s “Champions Together” unified track & field program has made it past the “pilot stage” as it officially has a presence in 49 high schools across Virginia—and counting.As a sport…

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Summer Games 2017: Twice As Good for the Soul with TSoul

It’s time to download your favorite TSoul track and get ready to sing along at this year’s Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games, June 9-10 in Richmond! From a special performance by Virginia’s own TSoul to two races…

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Apply for the Global Messenger Class of 2019

Special Olympics Virginia is now accepting nominations for the Global Messenger Class of 2019. The Global Messenger’s role with Special Olympics Virginia is to promote, educate and inform about the mission, philosophy and benefits of Special Olympics through public speaking,…

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David Egan: What’s Up with Down syndrome?

Being the first person with an intellectual disability to have served on Capitol Hill and also being a Global Messenger is impressive for the brightest of sparks, let alone someone with Down syndrome… but these are just a few…

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Emily’s CapABLE Story

We're proud to have Emily on our Special Olympics VA team! Reposted from the next move program website. For more great capABLE stories, including features on athletes Ray Scannell and Lauren Stokes, visit http://www.thenextmoveprogram…

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Get Ready to Cheer Your Heart Out-side at Summer Games!

Special Olympics Virginia’s Summer Games are more than a sports competition; they are a looking glass, an example to everyone of how people with intellectual disabilities can and should be included in all aspects of their communities. Special Olympics…

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Special Olympics and Unified Sports® top recent brand ranking

Special Olympics and its rapidly expanding Unified Sports® program were recently named among the top disability charity brands that consumers can identify, according to results of the latest Harris Poll EquiTrend Brands of the Year ratings. The…

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More than 1.2 million people of all abilities worldwide--including 14,000+ in Virginia--take part in Special Olympics Unified Sports, breaking down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in a really fun way.
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