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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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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Autism Awareness Means: Stop the Stigma!

Jerry M. Holy wants the world to understand that people with autism spectrum disorder can do anything. In April, we honor World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month by learning more about the talents and potential of adults and…

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People with autism

Kids & K9 Officers: From Wawa Encounter to Frigid Adventure

Recently, young Ryann accompanied her mom on a quick convenience store run to her local Wawa. When Ryann saw Officer Walter "Puddin" Stone and Officer Fred Bates inside the store, she immediately asked them if they were going to take…

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Ryan and her new friends take the Plunge at the Shops at Willow Lawn in Richmond. (Photo credit: Dave Parrish)

Think! before you Speak!

Unfortunately, my employer 100% supports use of the R word. They have retaliated and ostracized me for formally reporting (per policy) its use by co-workers. My son has Williams Syndrome and has been called this many times ( very hurtful). We truly…

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Speaking Up To End The R Word

As reported by CBS-6 last week, Richmond City Council President Michelle Mosby allegedly referred to a fellow council member as retarded. Certain words hit you like a strong punch in the gut. Talk about a black person using the N-word…

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Speaking Up To End The R Word

Virginia’s Third Medfest

Medfest is a one day event that provides free medical exams for more than 100 Richmond students with intellectual disabilities. This event gives the students the potential to be cleared for sports participation, while also diagnosing these students with previously undiagnosed …

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VCU Dental Students (Karoline Seekford and NajJar Reham)

Lights, Camera, Action for Global Messengers in Virginia

Practice really does make perfect. In early December, a group of Special Olympics Virginia Global Messengers proved this adage true with the help of Richmond-based production company, Park Group. Their full-day media training marked the completion of a two-year training…

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Lights, Camera, Action for Global Messengers in Virginia

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