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.

We’re a 4-Star Charity!

In the days leading up to Giving Tuesday, we want to make it easy for our donors to research the impact our year-round programs make in the community! In addition to our most recent online Reach Report, we…

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Special Olympics VA Athlete Runs New York City Marathon

Congratulations to Special Olympics Virginia athlete Karen Dickerson for finishing the New York City Marathon Sunday, Nov. 5 in 3:39:01. As Karen shared, “I tried my best and all athletes go though there ups and downs but I know still deserve that…

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Fall Champs: This weekend in Virginia Beach!

Volunteers still needed at multiple venuesClick here for a full listing of volunteer opportunities. If you have questions, please contact our Director of Volunteer Services, Ellen Costlow, at Championships is one of Special Olympics Virginia's state…

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Safeway Foundation supports Inclusion Revolution in Schools

Earlier this month, Safeway Foundation announced the distribution of $308,175 in grants to 27 local and regional organizations, including a generous grant of $20,000 to Special Olympics Virginia. Throughout the month of July, The Safeway Foundation and Safeway stores in the Eastern Region…

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Beth Goldberg, Senior Manager, Community & Public Affairs of Safeway's Eastern Division poses with Ellen Head, Director of Development of Special Olympics Virginia.

$1 Pin-Ups at Hardee’s Highlight Law Enforcement Volunteers, Benefit Athletes Statewide

From October 17 through November 13, Hardee's locations in Virginia will sell $1 paper pin-ups to benefit Special Olympics Virginia. This campaign marks 37 years of partnership between Boddie-Noell Enterprises (the largest Hardee's franchisee in the United States) and Special Olympics Virginia. Hardee's customers…

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Keep It Bright coupon available at 177 participating Hardee's restaurants in Virginia.

Tip-A-Cop Oct. 21 at Red Robin

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews restaurants will go blue as law enforcement members “serve” guests in a different way to support Special Olympics. Red Robin’s 12th annual Tip-A-Cop® event will take place Saturday, Oct. 21 (11 am to 2 pm and 5…

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Men’s ATP Challenger Gala in Charlottesville

Silent Auction featuring a racquet signed by Roger Federer!Absentee Bid Forms Available! On Friday, October 27, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, Boar's Head Sports Club will host the first Men's ATP Challenger Gala event including a Meet & Greet opportunity with…

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Richmond Corporate Games Rides the Wave of Success

Innsbrook Foundations’ 32nd annual Richmond Corporate Games, presented by Dominion Energy, was held Sept. 22-23 in Glen Allen to benefit Special Olympics Virginia. Ten local corporations competed in a variety of outrageous events which included a canoe race, volleyball…

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Lessons from the Special Olympics VA Staff

A Summer Intern Shares her ExperiencesBy Cassie CoughlanAt events, they’re seen at the check-in tables, mentioned in the half-listened-to list of thank-yous, and spotted running around, responding to requests and complaints. They’re the ones that “without them, this…

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Be plane amazing at Plane Pull

We only have a few spots on the rope remaining at the 25th annual Dulles Day Festival & Plane Pull. Register today by visiting and and be part of our new plane awesome athlete fundraising coach program!More…

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