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Jul 25, 2015, 15:00 ET

Special Olympics Receives Largest Gift in 47-Year History Golisano Foundation Commits $25 Million to Change the Game and Improve Global Access to Health Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Special Olympics announced today that it has received its largest single private gift in the organization's 47-year history. Ann Costello, Director...

Jul 24, 2015, 09:00 ET
The Shriver Report Insight Into Intellectual Disabilities in the 21st Century

The Shriver Report Snapshot: Insight Into Intellectual Disabilities In The 21st Century

 As America prepares to host the Special Olympics World Games and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The...

Jul 17, 2015, 10:13 ET

Special Olympics Georgia receives $90,000 grant from The UPS Foundation

Special Olympics Georgia received a $90,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for...

Jul 17, 2015, 09:46 ET

Six Special Olympics Georgia athletes set to compete in 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles

 Six Special Olympics Georgia athletes, seven coaches and sports managers, and one unified partner will be a part of one of the biggest...

Jul 10, 2015, 09:15 ET

Special Olympics Flame of Hope arrives in Los Angeles after Historic Unified Relay Across America Presented by Bank of America

The Special Olympics Flame of Hope will officially arrive in Los Angeles today after having traveled 46 days and over 20,500 miles as part of the...

Jun 02, 2015, 10:43 ET

First-Ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America Presented by Bank of America Will Stop in Atlanta

The first-ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America will stop in Atlanta on June 6, 2015. This historic event...

May 26, 2015, 10:22 ET

Special Olympics Kicks Off Historic Unified Relay Across America Presented by Bank of America

Special Olympics announced today the official kick-off of the first Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America. The...

May 26, 2015, 09:06 ET

"Be a Fan. Bring out the Champion in Everyone." Special Olympics Georgia State Summer Games May 29-31

Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) will host its annual State Summer Games for more than 2,000 athletes, coaches, and unified partners May 29-31...

Apr 30, 2015, 11:07 ET

More Than 120 Special Olympics Athletes Compete in Florida's Annual Equestrian Championship

Special Olympics Florida will host its annual Equestrian Sports Championship on May 1-2 at the Grand Oaks Resort & Museum in Weirsdale, Florida...

Apr 29, 2015, 10:37 ET

Special Olympics Georgia hosts annual Over the Edge Event at Buckhead Tower

Lenox Square Mall -- 80 participants will rappel from the 20 story building known as Buckhead Tower on May 2 in support of Special Olympics Georgia...

Apr 16, 2015, 14:21 ET
Avril Lavigne cover art for "Fly" photo by Mark Liddell

Avril Lavigne Releases New Single "Fly" And Music Video To Benefit Special Olympics

International, award-winning musician and philanthropist Avril Lavigne debuted her song "Fly" to benefit Special Olympics today.  The...

Apr 16, 2015, 10:12 ET

Twenty World Champion Olympic Medalists Challenge Fellow Olympians and Peers to Participate in the First-Ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America

 In anticipation of the upcoming Special Olympics World Summer Games to be held in Los Angeles this summer, 20 Olympic medalists across the...

Apr 14, 2015, 11:05 ET

Special Olympics Taps ReverbNation to Deliver Bands for Epic 129-city Tour Leading Up to the Special Olympics 2015 World Games

 Special Olympics announced today that it is working with ReverbNation to select bands to perform at nearly 130 events across the United States...

Apr 14, 2015, 10:12 ET

100 Days Until the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) on April 16

On April 16, the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) will celebrate the 100 Day mark until the commencement of the world's...

Apr 13, 2015, 09:57 ET

Corporate Leaders Challenge Peers to Participate in the First-Ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America

In anticipation of the upcoming Special Olympics World Summer Games to be held in Los Angeles this summer, corporate leaders are showing their...

Mar 23, 2015, 09:30 ET
Maria Menounos Announced as Special Olympics Global Ambassador and Co-Captain on Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America

Maria Menounos Named Global Ambassador by Special Olympics

Special Olympics announced today that author and television personality Maria Menounos of E! is joining the Special Olympics family as the...

Mar 04, 2015, 08:30 ET

Special Olympics and Best Buddies Celebrate 7th Annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day on March 4th

Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and supporters from around the world will unite today on the seventh annual Spread the Word to End the Word®...

Feb 17, 2015, 06:00 ET

Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge Season Arrives!

 Polar Plunge season will kick off its 2015 season with the SUPER Plunge this weekend in Evanston. It is the first of 22 Law Enforcement Torch...

Jan 27, 2015, 09:30 ET

Cleveland Browns Star Joe Haden Named Special Olympics Global Ambassador

 Special Olympics announced today that Joe Haden, a first-round draft pick and star cornerback with the Cleveland Browns, is joining the...

Jan 27, 2015, 09:00 ET

Special Olympics to Unite the USA in the First-Ever Unified Relay Across America presented By Bank of America

Special Olympics and Michelle Kwan announced today on ABC's Good Morning America that registration has opened for the first-ever Special Olympics...