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Nemours Supports Special Olympics Young Athletes

Posted on November 22, 2017 | Posted in Athlete ProfilesCommunity PartnersHealth ProgramsLittle ElitesPrograms & ServicesSponsorsYoung Athletes

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Nemours Children’s Health System sponsors Special Olympics Florida’s Young Athletes and Little ELITES programs. Their support allows Special Olympics Florida to offer these innovative, year-round programs for children ages 2-11 with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Celebrating Champions

Posted on October 30, 2017 | Posted in Athlete ProfilesAwardsCoachingCommunity PartnersFundraising EventsHereos and Champions

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Special Olympics Florida held its annual Champions’ Gala, presented by Publix, at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando. Award-winning news anchors for WESH 2 News, Jim Payne and Meredith McDonough hosted the event celebrating the organization’s 45th anniversary with a special performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Cheap Trick’s lead vocalist Robin Zander. Additional guests included U.S. Congresswoman Val Demings, Orange County Sherriff Jerry Demings, professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic Aaron Gordon, and more.

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Riding New Waves

Posted on September 20, 2017 | Posted in Community PartnersGrantsSports

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Florida is widely known across the globe for its more than 600 beautiful beaches, and the athletes of Special Olympics Florida love enjoying sports that the coastlines uniquely offer. Surfing is a fast-growing sport for Special Olympics Florida, and thanks to grants from Surfing’s Evolution and Preservation Foundation, several counties are able to have surfing programs for the first time this year or expand their current programs.

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Achieving a Better Life Experience

Posted on March 24, 2017 | Posted in Programs & ServicesSponsors

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It is officially Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a movement dedicated to promoting progress and inclusion in our communities. We know Individuals with disabilities have qualities and abilities that can be used to positively contribute to society. This March, we have the opportunity to ensure Florida’s disability community is educated on the resources available to them.

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Making a Difference

Posted on March 24, 2017 | Posted in Play UnifiedUnified Champion SchoolsVolunteers

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Special Olympics Florida relies on the hard work and dedication of more than 27,000 volunteers of all walks of life. These volunteers give their time and energy to make a difference in the lives of our athletes, fans, and communities. David Barocas, the President of Special Olympics Florida at the University of Central Florida (UCF), is one such volunteer who has been making a difference for more than seven years.

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