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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Volunteer Andy Dooley Inducted into ASA-USA Softball Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Special Olympics Virginia volunteer Andy Dooley for being inducted into the 2015 Class of the National Softball Hall of Fame, by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball.    Andy Dooley has a storied career with Special…

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Andy Dooley, 2nd from left

National Optronics Opening MORE Eyes in Virginia

Special Olympics Virginia received a generous donation to ensure more athletes can attend Summer Games Healthy Athletes screening and treatment programs in 2016. In addition to funds, National Optronics provides volunteers and specialized equipment for the Opening Eyes program. 2016 promises to…

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Special Olympics reception and check presentation at National Optronics in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A Mother’s Dreams Realized

Sitting at Albermarle High School’s Spring Sports Banquet was nothing new for mom of 3, Kelly Kyriacopoulos. Yet this year’s banquet was different. As she watched her daughter, Sarah, speak in front of a crowd of peers, parents and…

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A Mother’s Dreams Realized

Nabi

My cousin, Nabi, inspired me because he has cerebral palsy, and people always call him retarded. IT IS NOT FAIR! Imagine if you, were called a retard everyday of your life. Well that was him. But all he needs is…

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Shared Values leads to year-round support in Virginia

Davis & Green Electrical was first introduced to Special Olympics Virginia when one of our employees learned about Over the Edge Richmond and decided to start a fundraising team. Our first year, we raised $500. In 2015, our 7-person team raised more…

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Shared Values leads to year-round support in Virginia

Lizzy and the Lions ROARED for Special Olympics Virginia

Eight-year-old Lizzy and her fellow basketball teammates needed to turn their season around. They had never played together before and kept losing against more experienced teams. Lizzy's mom and coach, Carrie, had a plan...for each basket they made, win…

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The Lions present Matthew (second from right) with their

The reason why i don’t use the R word

During my high school years, we had a Best Buddies group. It was where general education students hung out with special education students. It helped all of us to know we each had someone we could go to. The R…

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My daughter, my hero

My daughter Cassandra, what can I say except that she is my saving grace. Cassie as we call her is intellectually impaired but, you'd never know it. She is the most caring, loving and beautiful person you will ever met.…

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Believe In Me, I Have A Voice

Despite the number of difficulties I faced from a very young age, I was fortunate to have my family, teachers, and special education staff who saw great potential and helped me develop my abilities. On my first day of work…

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Believe In Me, I Have A Voice

For My Brother

My brother Josh has Down Syndrome, but he never let that stand in his way. On top of being one of the most genuinely caring, kind hearted, and pure personalities in existence, he is an athlete, an artist, an entertainer,…

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