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

For media inquiries and questions about Special Olympics Virginia, email Holly Claytor, Vice President, Development & Communications, at or call her at 804.726.3025.

Accepting 2017 Global Messenger Applications

Special Olympics Virginia is currently recruiting for the 2017 Class of Global Messengers. The Global Messenger training program offers public speaking and presentation skills training to Special Olympics athletes. Thanks to the program, our athletes are empowered to share, in their…

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#SOInspiring ESPN Coverage of World Games

TUNE IN! ESPN's special coverage and countdown to the Games start July 25 at 7:30 pm, followed by the Opening Ceremony at 9 pm. Be sure to look for the athletes from Virginia during the Opening Ceremony parade of athletes! Plus tune in…

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Edwin Wins, Unity Wins

In 2012, Blair Miller attended his son’s basketball game at Oakton High School. It was Edwin’s first year on the team, and the Millers were unsure of what to expect. What happened that night - and from that point…

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Bright Spots at Summer Games this weekend

It’s Summer Games week! After last week’s rainy, gray weather, this weekend will be filled with bright spots. One of those bright spots is volunteer Meg Trepp. A volunteer for years, Meg found her place with Special Olympics…

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Find Your Place at Summer Games

It’s easier than ever to save your seat at Summer Games’ Opening Ceremony and other cheer friendly venues. Visit our volunteer2cheer page and choose where you would most like to Get Loud in support of our amazing athletes.…

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Won’t You Be?

Mr. Rogers was the ultimate Good Neighbor. We couldn’t help but think of him and his iconic red trolley when we set about campaigning to win a grant from a program called, “Neighborhood Assist.”Here’s why: Recently, we…

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​School-based Feet Meets Make Big Strides

In April, May and June, hundreds of school-age athletes participate in Little Feet Meets, Meet in the Middle events and Big Feet Meets across Virginia. These Project UNIFY® events are a way for schools to engage students with and without…

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​Handley High School Kicks Off Champions Together

Imagine a partnership between Special Olympics and high schools throughout Virginia. Imagine the opportunity for a student with an intellectual (or any) disability to play alongside his or her peers without disabilities in a Unified Sports team environment; to rely…

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National Volunteer Week celebrating: Pat and Mitch Burnett

Pat Burnett and her husband, Mitch, both sit on the Area 22 Council, which serves Williamsburg, Poquoson, James City and York County. Not only do they support their daughter in the Special Olympics sports she plays, they also support all the…

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