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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.


Virginia athlete named the 2016 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award recipient

Congratulations to Virginia athlete Frank Stephens on being named the 2016 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award recipient. The award recognizes those who have championed people who are differently-abled, including people with Down syndrome, in several categories such as humanitarian work, self-advocacy,…

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2017 Annual Awards Nominations are OPEN!

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 Olympics VA Volunteers are the (Ice) Cream of the Crop!

Congratulations to Special Olympics Virginia Volunteer Meg Trepp for being awarded the 2016 Lovin’ Award by Lovin’ Scoopful ice cream! Lovin’ Scoopful created the Lovin’ Award to honor students who have shown extraordinary courage and leadership in standing up for the…

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Red Robin Hosts Annual Tip-A-Cop® Fundraiser Oct. 22

There are new servers in town at Red Robin! Law enforcement members around the country will trade their ticket books for order pads and unite at participating Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews restaurants to serve guests for a special…

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Hardee’s “Flame of Hope. Keep it Bright!” Campaign Kicks Off Statewide Oct. 17

Hardee’s® restaurants operated by Boddie-Noell Enterprises across Virginia will join forces with the law enforcement community to raise awareness and funds to help Special Olympics athletes shine. Starting Monday, Oct. 17, Hardee’s customers who pay $1 for a Star will…

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Truck Convoy Near Richmond: Saturday, Oct. 15

In 2015, the World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics Virginia raised more than $30,000. This year’s event, coordinated by Virginia State Police, begins and concludes at Meadow Event Park. Between 10 am and noon on Saturday Oct. 15, motorists should expect…

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The Ultimate Cure for FOMO

Special Olympics VA hosts final Over the Edge Oct. 14-15 in downtown RVAFor the final year, Richmond’s bravest will go ‘Over the Edge’ of the 25-story SunTrust Center (919 E. Main St.) in downtown Richmond this Friday and Saturday, October 1…

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SAVERS FUNDrives Help Pave the Way to Seattle for Team Virginia

We’ve partnered with our awesome friends at SAVERS to help send 46 Virginia athletes to Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington! You can help make the dream of USA Games a reality by conducting a FUNDrive in 2017. If…

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Fall Championships is Coming!

Join our team and Volunteer2Cheer at Special Olympic Virginia’s Fall Championships in Virginia Beach! This November 5-6, more than 1200 athletes from across the Commonwealth will go for gold in bowling, soccer, volleyball, golf, bocce and roller skating. 100% fun…

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Roanoke Athlete Wins Dan Piper Award

Roanoke’s Tyler Caldwell continues to light the way down the path of inclusion with his latest honor, the Dan Piper Award.Presented by the National Down Syndrome Society, the award was established to commemorate Self-Advocate Dan Piper's life by…

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