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.

​School-based Feet Meets Make Big Strides

In April, May and June, hundreds of school-age athletes participate in Little Feet Meets, Meet in the Middle events and Big Feet Meets across Virginia. These Project UNIFY® events are a way for schools to engage students with and without…

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​Handley High School Kicks Off Champions Together

Imagine a partnership between Special Olympics and high schools throughout Virginia. Imagine the opportunity for a student with an intellectual (or any) disability to play alongside his or her peers without disabilities in a Unified Sports team environment; to rely…

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National Volunteer Week celebrating: Pat and Mitch Burnett

Pat Burnett and her husband, Mitch, both sit on the Area 22 Council, which serves Williamsburg, Poquoson, James City and York County. Not only do they support their daughter in the Special Olympics sports she plays, they also support all the…

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National Volunteer Week celebrating: Chief David McCoy

Law Enforcement Torch Run Region 5 Director, Chief David McCoy, has served the Torch Run in many ways during his years in law enforcement. As Region 5 Director and also the Chief of Police at the University of Richmond, he leads by…

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National Volunteer Week celebrating: Olivia Coada

In the early 1990s, Olivia Coada began volunteering at Summer Games with a group from First Union Bank. She says, before she attended her first Summer Games she had a very stereotypical idea of what Special Olympics was, but after…

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National Volunteer Week celebrating: Nancy Beckman

Nancy Beckman’s first experience with Special Olympics Virginia was as volleyball referee at Tidewater Volleyball Association during Fall Championships 10 years ago. During that event, Nancy noticed the athletes displayed the best sportsmanship she’d ever seen. She was so…

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National Volunteer Week celebrating: Olympia Moving and Storage

Olympia Moving and Storage is one of our outstanding Plane Pull sponsors. Not only do they receive all of the shipments of shirts, drinks and other supplies prior to the event, they also go to our Northern VA office to…

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​Virginia athlete David Egan Selected as International Global Messenger

As one of only 12 Special Olympics athletes around the world, Virginia’s David Egan has been selected to serve as a Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger for the next four years. International Global Messengers are Special Olympics athletes appointed as…

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​Carry the Flame of Hope!

This summer you can run, walk, skate or roll your way into Special Olympics history. For the first time ever, anyone can carry the Flame of Hope as it travels through all 50 states on its way to the World Games…

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