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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Video of Students at O.B. Gates Spreading the Word to End the Word…

Recently, Cynthia Kirby submitted a few words describing the wonderful things that O.B. Gates Elementary School in Chesterfield, VA, has done to support inclusive practices amongst students and staff. Attached is a link demonstrating just one of those great…

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O.B. Gates Elementary continues a year long quest to SPREAD THE WORD

O.B. Gates Elementary in Chesterfield Va. has a 29 year history of promoting acceptance of individuals with intellectual disabilities.From the day the doors opened our 5th grade students have been helpers for our ID students assisting them to the…

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My Special Olympics life thru high school

Hi I am Eddie Hiller. I was once an athlete and I am now a Coach. I started in the Special Olympics at 8 years old up in Oscoda, Michigan. Then I was athlete in Panama City,Florida. I would like…

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Sweet recognition for GEICO volunteer leaders

Valentines Day was a little sweeter for two GEICO employees who were surprise co-recipients of volunteer leadership awards at a regional ceremony attended by GEICO executives and local dignitaries from government and nonprofit agencies including Special Olympics Virginia. Nancy Beckman…

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Regional AVP, Matt Mitchell with Volunteer Leaders Lorraine Ellison, Nancy Beckman and Regional Public Affairs Manager, Toiya Sosa

Conquering Communication Challenges

One of the most amazing things about World Games is to watch athletes from countries all around the world overcome language barriers. Speed skating athlete Jannai Kennedy from Virginia understood communication challenges long before she came to the Republic of…

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Conquering Communication Challenges

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.

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