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, or call her at 804.726.3025.

Spread the Word to End the Word March 1

The words we use have power to build each other up, or tear each other down. Join us in pledging to respect others with the words we choose on Spread the Word to End the Word® Day - Wednesday,…

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The hills are (nearly!) alive with the sound of Special Olympics fans in Austria

Local Athletes Headed to Special Olympics World Games, March 14-25Two local Special Olympics speed skating athletes will join 2,700 participants from around the globe next month for the year’s largest humanitarian and sports event, the Special Olympics World Winter…

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$170,000 raised at Plunges in New River, RVA & NOVA

Thanks to the 810 participants who brrraved chilly waters at Polar Plunges® in Radford, Richmond and Northern VA in February. Plungers celebrated a COOL $170,000 raised – and counting! – for Special Olympics Virginia.“At Special Olympics Virginia, our vision is to inspire the…

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Chill Seekers Needed: RVA + NOVA Polar Plunges Feb. 25

More than 500 chill seekers are set to cannonball in support of Special Olympics Virginia’s 27,000+ athletes with and without disabilities this Saturday, Feb. 25 at the NOVA Polar Plunge® Fest at Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant & Crabhouse in Dumfries and at…

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Chill Seekers Needed to Participate in New River Polar Plunge® Fest Feb. 18

For many athletes, Special Olympics is the only place they will experience the thrill of victory. The chance to be part of a community. The opportunity to live a healthier, more productive life.In Virginia, we can't deliver on those…

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25th Polar Plunge Raises 1.1 Million!

It was Nothin’ but a Good Time as 4069 participants brrraved the winter weather and partied like it was 1993 at the 2017 Polar Plunge® Festival in Virginia Beach Feb. 3-4. Plungers and runners not only celebrated a COOL $1.1 million raised for Special…

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Photo by John Martinez

Plunge Celebrates 25 Years of Coolness Feb. 3-4 in VA Beach

Nothin’ But A Good Time in Paradise CityGrab your Axl Rose-inspired shades and red bandana and get ready to have Nothin’ But A Good Time as we Get Rocked like it’s 1993 at the Polar Plunge Festival’s 25th anniversary…

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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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