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, Assistant Vice President of Media, Marketing & Brand at or call her at 804.726.3025.

Special Olympics to Make Case of Need on Capitol Hill February 13

Special Olympics athletes, program leaders, Unified partners and family members from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will converge on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on February 13 for Special Olympics’ annual “Capitol Hill Day.” This is the first…

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3 More Chances to Brave the Plunge Wave in 2018!

Polar Plunge events slated for February 24th in New River and Northern Virginia; Solar Plunge in Richmond June 9th#TeamUp... You got this! Think you and your friends have missed out on your opportunity to plunge in 2018? Think again!…

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A Wave of Inclusion: Polar Plunge Nears $1.2 Million

It was rosy cheeks, cold toes and cool costumes as far as the eye could see this weekend in Virginia Beach as 3,734 participants teamed up to brrrave the wave at the 2018 Polar Plunge® Festival, Feb. 2-3. Plungers and runners not…

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Capital Region Welcomes Ray Roberts & RPS Stakeholders for 2018 Preview

Nearly 100 Parents & Educators Expressed Interest in this Learning EventLast week, Special Olympics Virginia Capital Region Director, Pam Mines was joined by former NFL player, Ray Roberts, National Director, Special Olympics Unified Schools Urban Development, to…

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Be a Game Changer at Wawa!

In-store donation campaign runs January 1 - February 25Stop by your local Wawa between now and February 25th, grab yourself a coffee and drop your spare change into the coin canister. Customers can also make $1, $3 or $5 scan card donations in stores…

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Publix and Procter & Gamble partner to #LightTheTorch for Special Olympics Virginia

From January 4 through 20, Publix customers and associates can receive $14 in coupon savings when they buy a torch at the register!Publix Super Markets and Procter & Gamble are helping customers save money all while supporting Special Olympics in seven states…

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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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