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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Coca-Cola 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games

Check out this Coca-Cola 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games advertisement featuring Virginia athlete Jeanette Simon! Thanks to Coca-Cola for being a Founding Partner of Special Olympics and a community partner of Special Olympics VA!

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Coca-Cola 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games

ALL IN! for Basketball

All in! was the message of the day. Special Olympics athletes huddled with Paul VI High School athletes, raising their fists in the air and shouting "All In!" What works as the cry for the undefeated Girls Varsity basketball team…

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Basketball players from Paul VI High School worked individually and in groups with Special Olympics athletes in the skills clinic.

Tie Score! Seconds Left! And Jack Gets the Ball

Last weekend, my son Jack was playing basketball with his school league. Jack plays on our local Special Olympics basketball team and for his elementary school league. The score was 30-30. Eleven seconds left. His brother Sean got a pass…

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Jack playing in a Special Olympics Virginia basketball game

Social Justice on the Job

Special Olympics Athlete Frank Stephens from Virginia proves to the world that someone with an intellectual disability can be just as valuable to an employer as any other worker. That’s why he was chosen to be featured in an…

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Special Olympics Athlete Frank Stephens from Virginia excels at his job.

From Athlete Turned Quidditch Fan

When I heard that quidditch was at Virginia Tech, I was like, "Can I join???" So my Special Olympics helper at the time (who was also on the team before joining the New York quidditch movement!) talked to some of…

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My quidditch team. I am on the far left in a big hat.

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

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