Special Olympics Florida

Monthly Archives: November 2015

What It Took For This Volunteer To Become a Champion

Posted on November 16, 2015 | Posted in Athlete Profiles

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The following is a guest post from a Special Olympics Florida volunteer, coach and Unified Partner. As a Unified Partner, athletes compete in a unique sports format that pairs together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities. 

My name is John Almond and I am a Special Olympics coach and Unified Golf Partner in West Palm Beach, Florida.  I first became associated with Special Olympics in 2013 because of my good friend Ron who is a Management Team Member. And I’m grateful for the opportunity he has given me. Read More »


How Special Olympics Florida’s Fall Classic Promotes Inclusion Through Sports

Posted on November 10, 2015 | Posted in Health ProgramsSportsYoung Athletes

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The following is a guest post from Herley Pellew, Manager of Special Olympics Florida’s Project UNIFY. 

Special Olympics Florida Fall Classic is the culminating celebration and competition for athletes, partners, and coaches participating in bowling, cheerleading, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball, and unified flag football. Fall Classic takes place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex November 13th-14th.  With the additions of cheerleading and flag football to this year’s festivities, 2015 Fall Classic will have over 2,200 total athletes, partners, and coaches attending and sets itself up to be the biggest one yet. Aside from the numerous competitions simultaneously taking place, Healthy Athletes will also be conducting health screenings for all participants. Healthy Athletes will be able to conduct screenings in all six disciplines due to the generosity of over 450 health professional volunteering for this event. Screenings will be conducted in Fun Fitness, Fit, Feet, Healthy Hearing, Heathy Promotions, Opening Eyes, and Special Smiles.

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