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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.


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.

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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