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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.


Virginia Makes Case of Impact and Need on Capitol Hill

Special Olympics athletes, leaders and family members from 38 states, including three from Virginia, converged on Capitol Hill March 12 for Special Olympics’ 11th annual “Capitol Hill Day.”Throughout the day, Special Olympics athletes held more than two hundred and fifty face-to-face…

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Special Olympics Virginia advocated for people with intellectual disabilities on Capitol Hill at Hill Day, March 12, 2014.

Erica Bookout: Small but Fierce

Though she be but small, she is fierce.She may be small in stature and small in voice, but give her a box and a microphone and she will bring a crowd to its feet. She's Erica Bookout, Special Olympics…

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Erica competes in a track event at Summer Games in 2012.

Athletes skate for the gold at Speed Skating Championships

More than 50 speed skaters took to the ice on March 1-2 at our Speed Skating Championships in Richmond. The competition featured athletes from across Virginia, as well as delegations from Special Olympics Georgia and Special Olympics North Carolina. Our athletes…

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Rory, Travis, and Javon wait to receive their awards at Speed Skating Champs.



Plungers Raise $1.1 million at Polar Plunge® Winter Festival

3522 champions dashed into the icy Atlantic at the 2014 Polar Plunge® Winter Festival in Virginia Beach today, raising more than $1.1 million ($ and counting) for Special Olympics Virginia! We’re certain you heard them ROAR with excitement as they splashed down at 2:30…

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Special Olympics Virginia Receives $25,000 Walmart Grant

Special Olympics Virginia is the proud recipient of a $25,000 Walmart Foundation State Giving Program Grant for work in providing Real Sports opportunities and Nutrition Education to Special Olympics athletes across the state of Virginia.“Walmart is extremely pleased to support…

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Virginia Athlete Max Everton Receives International Law Enforcement Torch Run® Award

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics awarded the 2013 Executive Council Athlete Award to Virginia athlete Max Everton at the annual international Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference in Orlando in early November. The award recognizes an outstanding Special Olympics…

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