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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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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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!

17th gold medal and state competition

I earned my 17th gold medal over all in state competition last weekend and my 10th gold medal in Richmond. Also I now have 15 bowling games of 200 or better in State game competition. This includes the winter, summer and fall…

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The R-Word Is Nasty

My mother is a teaching aide for a 6 year old girl who has Down Syndrome. I have very severe ADHD/ADD to the point where I have breakdowns sometimes. I have sensory issues as well. As does my brother. I…

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Special Olympics Virginia Athlete Marks a Milestone for Congressional Fellowship

Last night, at the U.S. Capitol, Special Olympics International Global Messenger David Egan was recognized and celebrated for his work serving as a Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Public Policy Fellow from February 2015 to February 2016. This historic event marked the…

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Special Olympics Virginia Athlete Marks a Milestone for Congressional Fellowship

I survived parental abuse

As a teenager, my stepmother did not like me for being disabled. Sometimes I would do things incorrectly or slower because of my disabilities. My stepmom frequently screamed the R-word at me, along with other abusive behavior. I felt humiliated…

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