Our Stories

Every day, Special Olympics inspires hope, confidence, and courage. Not only do we change the lives of our athletes, but also the lives of our coaches, families, volunteers and others who have the opportunity to take part.

Do you have a story to share? Tell us how Special Olympics has impacted your life, changed your community, improved your health, or touched your heart.

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School Setting

I work in a Middle School where the R word was thrown around like it was just a normal word to make fun of someone. I started a Best Buddies Chapter here 6 years ago, to this day that word isn't…

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Newest Members of our 6th year

My Niece Kandis

I never did make fun of others. I find the r-word disgusting and cruel. I always told my brother not to make fun of others. I told him maybe someday he might have a child of his own with a…

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Summer 2012 Markus holding Kandis

Life Changing event in Aspen

I honestly don't think this event could have gone any better in my favor. Not only did I get paired up with Shirleen, a talented Special Olympics athlete, I got paired up with a new best friend. We came together…

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Me and Shirleen at Hannah Teters reception

Thanks, Karisa Eliason!

On my way home to Washington, D.C. from the Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference in Phoenix, AZ, I had the opportunity to sit next to Jon Eliason on the Chicago to D.C. leg of the trip. Jon saw…

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Brain Week Assembly Celebrates the Abilities of all Students

O.B. Gates Elementary in Chesterfield County, Virginia serves a diverse group of students: children with hearing impairments, severe and mild intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and autism to name a few categories. Celebrating the abilities of all its students…

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Game of Respect Draws Huge Crowds and Support for Accepting People with Intellectual Disabilities

It takes one person to transform a school. Brandon Wakefield, a physical education teacher, is that person at Warren County High School in Front Royal, Virginia. As the parent of a toddler with Down syndrome, Brandon didn’t want to…

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Learning How to be Fearless

In my job at Special Olympics Virginia, I feel like the biggest lesson I’ve learned is how to be fearless. On Thursday; September 1st, I arrived at the will call booth with my father. Not long afterwards, we met…

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Blossman Gas presents Special Olympics Virginia with a check of $1,000.00 dollars. (Katie on left; Emily, and Megan on the right.)

The 16th Annual Buddy Walk

I have worked at Special Olympics Virginia for 5 years, and have participated in a lot of events. Today, I want to tell you about one particular event called the Buddy Walk, why I’ve loved participating in this event, and…

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America’s Disability Right’s Museum presented by Capital One

On Monday, July 25, I was invited to America’s Disability Rights Museum on Wheels presented by Capital One, and in partnership with the U.S. Business Leadership Network. Part of the reason that this event was hosted by Capital One…

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Advocates For ADA as seen in

Not Just Another Day At The Office!

On Tuesday morning, I attended a meeting where I spoke as a Global Messenger to Wawa’s Divisional Office. I spoke about how I became involved at Special Olympics Virginia, and what it means to me to be a part…

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Not Just Another Day At The Office!

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