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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.


Team Virginia seeking great coaches for the 2018 USA Games!

Special Olympics Virginia is searching for qualified coaches for the 2018 USA Games. The 2018 USA Games will be held from July 1, 2018 to July 6, 2018, in Seattle, Washington. Special Olympics Virginia will be represented in the sports of swimming (aquatics), track and field …

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SOVA Staff member to be inducted into VATA Hall of Fame

This weekend, Dave Pawlowski will be honored with Virginia Athletic Trainers' Association's most prestigious award for the state’s very best athletic trainers. Inductees to the VATA Hall of Fame have made significant contributions to patients and…

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Dave Pawlowski, VP Program

The Xperience is celebrating 10 years!

At Special Olympics Virginia, our team is constantly spending energy and resources to make sure our athletes are getting fitter and healthier, with a chance to get better and win. And there is no better place to see how hard…

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2017 World Games Training Camp is almost here!

From December 12-15 Special Olympics USA and Special Olympics Vermont are hosting the Special Olympics USA national team training camp for the delegation competing at the 2017 World Games in Austria next March.Special Olympics USA is comprised of 150…

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Giving Tuesday: Make TRIPLE the impact!

We’re celebrating Giving Tuesday today (Nov. 29) with a limited chance to have your gift MATCHED. This means before the day is over you have the chance to help three times the number of athletes.Giving Tuesday has always…

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Polar Plunge: Celebrating 25 Years of Coolness

Registration Open for Polar Plunge® Festivals Across Virginia! It’s almost the time of year when thousands of brrr-ave fans jump into icy oceans, lakes and pools for a great cause, Special Olympics Virginia. So what are you waiting for?…

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First Honorary Coach of Team Virginia Announced

"Sign me up," says Busbee!This month's Fall Championships served as the first qualifying event for Virginia athletes eager to be selected for participation in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington. Special Olympics Virginia recently…

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Brian speaking at a Torch Run event at the state capitol.

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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