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There’s always something to cheer about at Special Olympics Virginia! Our most recent news stories are below. You can also check out our calendar to find out what’s happening near you.

For media inquiries and questions about Special Olympics Virginia, email Holly Claytor, Vice President, Development & Communications, at [email protected] or call her at 804.726.3025.


Thank You - A Letter from a World Champion

Joey Roney arrived back to Virginia wearing a silver medal proudly from his performance in the 100m freestyle. In his first ever World Games, Joey had a great time learning about people from different countries. Feeling grateful for his…

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‘Magnificent 7’ Back From World Games

Congratulations to all seven athletes on earning a medal at the Special Olympics World Games, held March 14-25 in Abu DhabiSeven local Special Olympics athletes have proudly returned home from Abu Dhabi with an impressive amount of hardware to show…

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ESPN Has You Covered for World Games in Abu Dhabi

ESPN Has You CoveredDon't miss any of the World Games action with ESPN coverage. Starting with Opening Ceremony on March 14th, ESPN will cover the World Games in Abu Dhabi. Make sure you have your television set or recorded to…

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Team Up and Plunge at Tim’s Rivershore

Polar Plunge® Festival benefiting Special Olympics Virginia set for this Saturday, Feb. 23, in DumfriesGrab whatever costume floats your boat and join us for the coolest event of 2019, the Polar Plunge® Festival, Feb. 23 at Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant & Crabhouse…

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New River Plunge: Canceled Because of Flood Watch

After careful assessment of recent weather conditions, we have made the decision to cancel this Saturday’s New River Polar Plunge® Festival at Radford. The City of Radford, including Bisset Park and Dudley’s Landing, are currently under a flood…

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World Games 2019: Meet Team Virginia

Special Olympics USA is proud to announce that it will send a 313-member delegation to represent the United States at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, being held March 14-21, 2019, in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.Special Olympics USA, is…

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P&G Partners with Special Olympics

Procter & Gamble, now in its 39th year of partnership with Special Olympics, held a month-long promotion at military commissaries around the United States and some US bases overseas in January. Procter & Gamble will donate $75,000 to the Special Olympics…

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Help with Hoops: Volunteers Needed at Basketball Championships, March 1-2 in Stafford

The madness is starting early this year! Nearly 800 Special Olympics Virginia athletes will run, jump and shoot for gold at the annual Special Olympics Virginia Basketball Championships, a fun, family-friendly way to score two for respect and spread unity. And…

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3,498 Chill Seekers Raise Record-Breaking $1.235 Million at Polar Plunge

It was rosy cheeks, cold toes and cool costumes as far as the eye could see this weekend in Virginia Beach as 3,498 participants teamed up to brrrave the chilly Atlantic at the 2019 Polar Plunge® Festival, Feb. 1-2. Plungers and runners…

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Polar Plunge® Festival this weekend, Feb. 1-2, in VA Beach

Don't stress! You can still join us for the coolest event of 2019, the Polar Plunge® Festival in Virginia Beach, Feb. 1-2! We’ll be partying with thousands of frozen friends, all to raise money for Special Olympics Virginia. …

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