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.

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Virginia Summer Games 2012

This past summer I had the privilege to be the substitute coach for our team at the Virginia State summer games. These boys went out there every race and tried their hardest. I was so proud of them , but more…

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My boys and I on the way to opening ceremonies

Special Olympians meet Fairfax Sheriff’s Deputies

Skye (12) and Sheridan Marsili (18), Special Olympics athletes since early childhood, greeted Fairfax County Sheriff's Deputies at Red Robin in Chantlly today and got friendly with police dog "Rita"" an explosive sniffing K-9 squad veteran. Skye ans Sheridan also chatted with…

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Torch Run fundraiser at Red Robin, Chantilly, VA

Lots of talk about physical disabilities on July 26th.  Is Intellectual Disability forgotten?

On July 26th, 2012, Ashley Counts and I represented Special Olympics International at the Eisenhower Executive Building. We were celebrating the 22nd Anniversary of the American Disability Act with a panel of representatives invited by the White House to share their…

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Ashley Count and David Egan at the Eisenhower Building on the ADA 22nd Birthday

Friends Forever, the Surprising Lesson of Special Olympics :-)

Recently I attended a birthday party for a friend, David Egan, from Virginia who was turning 35 years old. David is a Special Olympics basketball player, soccer player, swimmer and much more. The party had all the ingredients for a wonderful…

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One of David's friends, Frank Stephens, gives him heartfelt praise.

Why Open Water Swim

When Luke was first diagnosed with autism, a doctor told us that we could not predict his future. Instead, she advised us to constantly challenge Luke to achieve bigger and bigger goals. Swimming nearly a mile of open water; dealing…

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Luke in San Juan

What A Moment

I was poolside in Puerto Rico, taking photos while watching swimmers striving, racing, succeeding, getting excited and showing disappointment. It was a mix of emotions for the swimmers, but not so much for me--it was more about the details of…

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Rose waits for her relay partner to tag.

Ready to compete in Puerto Rico

Perfect Sense Digital couldn’t have been more excited about sending off our employee, Rose Pleskow to compete in the Special Olympics World Aquatics Invitational in Puerto Rico this week. Rose works in our Reston, Virginia office as a Design…

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Rose with some co-workers at Perfect Sense Digital

We are HERE!!

I'm in San Juan, Puerto Rico this week with my Special Olympics Open Water swim team. We're having a blast and the parents are thrilled with the whole thing. None have been involved in anything of this level, so they…

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Parents In The Stands

Parents and friends in the stands are comparing seed times, waving their countries' flags and discussing their athletes' chances of winning, just like at the real Olympics. Ooops. We ARE the real Olympics! One of the neatest things at a…

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Puerto Rico parents and friends

Jenny, Always Ready

When I met Jennifer Mitchell, she was one of a group of seven Special Olympics athletes gathering near sunset to go for a training run to prepare for a triathlon. I was there to take photos of the team, a…

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Jenny, early in her 800-meter race in Puerto Rico

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