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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.


An Open Letter to Ann Coulter

Special Olympics VA Athlete Frank Stephens Responds to Her Use of the "R" WordSpecial Olympics Virginia athlete and Global Messenger Frank Stephens wrote an open letter to Ann Coulter, a conservative political commentator, after she called President Obama …

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Ring up a side order of Awesome at Hardee’s!

It's a win-win situationHardee’s® restaurants in Virginia operated by Boddie-Noell Enterprises are hosting their annual in-store fundraiser, which will run from Sept. 29 through Oct. 27. Hardee’s customers can purchase stars for $1 or $5 in exchange for a coupon flyer featuring…

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U.S. House Majority Leader - A Fan of Special Olympics Health & Youth Programs

On February 8, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor welcomed Special Olympics Virginia athlete, Rose Pleskow to his office on Capitol Hill. Four months later, on June 9, their roles were reversed as Pleskow helped show Cantor around her “office,” the track & field…

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Rose speaking with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor - Photo credit: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Toss Your Boss 15 Stories for Charity

75 Local Business Leaders to Rappel Hilton Crystal City Exterior for Special OlympicsSpecial Olympics Northern Virginia kicked-off the “Toss Your Boss” fundraising campaign April 19 in Northern Virginia when they encouraged area business leaders to sign up to rappel 15 stories at the…

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Virginia General Assembly Recognizes 2011 World Games Team Virginia

Congratulations to the nine Special Olympics Virginia athletes who were presented with House and Senate Joint Center-Aisle Resolutions in February 2012 commending them for their accomplishments during the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece."You all are to be…

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Team Virginia Brings Home Gold, Silver and Bronze from 2010 National Games

Special Olympics Team Virginia has returned victorious from the 2010 Special Olympics National Games, which took place July 18-23 at the University of Nebraska. Team Virginia took home a combined total of 18 gold medals, 18 silver medals and 12 bronze medals. 33 team Virginia…

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Notable Gifts from Community Partners

Recent Sponsor Awards, Milestones and CampaignsIn May, our Summer Games Healthy Athletes program was awarded a grant through the Walmart Foundation's State Giving Program. This June, Special Olympics Virginia and Boddie-Noell Enterprises Inc./Hardee's celebrated 30 years of partnership by presenting…

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Letter from Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia President,

This spring has been an exciting time at Special Olympics Virginia with a myriad of local activity, the VMI Games, the Bedford Softball Invitational, the Law Enforcement Torch Run; all leading up to a wonderful Summer Games.This spring also…

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A Time to Shine

Special Olympics Virginia Announces Annual Award WinnersHeroes come in all manners. Until this year, Brendan Hammeke’s top three: Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps and his dad, Pat. Another one may top his list in 2010, though: his sister, Casey.You see,…

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Lighting the Way for Special Olympics: the Flame’s 1900-Mile Journey

It’s traveled more than 1,900 miles. More than 2,000 officers and many Special Olympics athletes have held it high as they proudly ran through dozens of cities and towns this week.The Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” arrived at the State…

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