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, or call her at 804.726.3025.

Nominate volunteer or athlete for Annual Awards

Applications are now being accepted for our Annual Awards recognition. Five outstanding individuals will be recognized for their contribution to the mission of Special Olympics Virginia. Each year, we recognize an Outstanding Athlete of the Year, an Outstanding Volunteer of…

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Special Agent Gallemore to Represent VA in USA Games Final Leg

Before competition begins at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle next July, an elite group of individuals will serve as the “Guardians of the Flame” and escort the Special Olympics Flame of Hope on a journey across Washington state.…

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Xperience Tennis Invitational, Jan. 11-13 in Charlottesville

“We are here to lead a revolution. But it is not a violent revolution or an angry revolution or a vengeful revolution. We are here to lead the inclusion revolution, a revolution of the heart.” – Tim Shriver, Special Olympics ChairmanBut…

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Chill Seekers Needed to Participate in VA Beach Polar Plunge

Are you ready to take an ice-cold dip into the Atlantic Ocean with several thousand of the coolest Special Olympics supporters in Virginia?! Then grab your best costume and your favorite flip flops for the VA Beach Polar Plunge® Festival,…

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We’re a 4-Star Charity!

In the days leading up to Giving Tuesday, we want to make it easy for our donors to research the impact our year-round programs make in the community! In addition to our most recent online Reach Report, we…

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Special Olympics VA Athlete Runs New York City Marathon

Congratulations to Special Olympics Virginia athlete Karen Dickerson for finishing the New York City Marathon Sunday, Nov. 5 in 3:39:01. As Karen shared, “I tried my best and all athletes go though there ups and downs but I know still deserve that…

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Fall Champs: This weekend in Virginia Beach!

Volunteers still needed at multiple venuesClick here for a full listing of volunteer opportunities. If you have questions, please contact our Director of Volunteer Services, Ellen Costlow, at Championships is one of Special Olympics Virginia's state…

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Safeway Foundation supports Inclusion Revolution in Schools

Earlier this month, Safeway Foundation announced the distribution of $308,175 in grants to 27 local and regional organizations, including a generous grant of $20,000 to Special Olympics Virginia. Throughout the month of July, The Safeway Foundation and Safeway stores in the Eastern Region…

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Beth Goldberg, Senior Manager, Community & Public Affairs of Safeway's Eastern Division poses with Ellen Head, Director of Development of Special Olympics Virginia.

$1 Pin-Ups at Hardee’s Highlight Law Enforcement Volunteers, Benefit Athletes Statewide

From October 17 through November 13, Hardee's locations in Virginia will sell $1 paper pin-ups to benefit Special Olympics Virginia. This campaign marks 37 years of partnership between Boddie-Noell Enterprises (the largest Hardee's franchisee in the United States) and Special Olympics Virginia. Hardee's customers…

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Keep It Bright coupon available at 177 participating Hardee's restaurants in Virginia.

Tip-A-Cop Oct. 21 at Red Robin

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews restaurants will go blue as law enforcement members “serve” guests in a different way to support Special Olympics. Red Robin’s 12th annual Tip-A-Cop® event will take place Saturday, Oct. 21 (11 am to 2 pm and 5…

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