Special Olympics Florida

Athlete Leadership

Summer of Success for Special Olympics Florida Athletes

Posted on October 7, 2015 | Posted in Athlete LeadershipFundraising EventsHealth ProgramsIntellectual DisabilitiesSportsYoung Athletes

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It has been another transformational quarter for our organization. We started the summer by cheering for 16 of our athletes competing at the global level representing the USA at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The world watched as our athletes achieved their personal best and shared moments of celebration throughout the competition. The ESPN broadcast was seen by over 20.16 million people in the US and by another 1.8 million online, as ESPN’s website also helped to amplify the games through digital and social media.

Our summer sports, including Stand-Up Paddle, Surfing, Golf and Aquatics, were filled with many more new opportunities and new faces. Athlete participation was up 9% overall in these sports, growth supported by our incredible 2,270 coaches statewide. We hosted State Stand-Up Paddle competition in a new watersports venue on Florida’s West Coast, Nathan Benderson Park, and celebrated our tenth year of aquatics competition at the North County Aquatics Center in South Florida. Once again our friends at Ron Jon, Disney and the Indian River Recreational department did a fabulous job providing engaging volunteers and sharing their industry knowledge to enhance our summer competitions. A special thank you to all the county directors, coaches, program team and head of delegations for your leadership – we couldn’t do it without you! Read More »


Sports, Autism and Special Olympics

Posted on April 1, 2015 | Posted in Athlete LeadershipAthlete Profiles

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The following is a guest post from Special Olympics Florida President/CEO Sherry Wheelock. 

Not only is April a big month for baseball, with Opening Day celebrated today in stadiums around the country, but April is also Autism Awareness Month, which makes it a perfect time to introduce you to one very accomplished Special Olympics athlete: Malcom.  Read More »