Special Olympics Florida

Athlete Profiles

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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Running in the Right Direction

Posted on August 2, 2016 | Posted in Athlete ProfilesSports

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Running can be freeing, exciting, and fun—it can also be utterly terrifying.  Special Olympics Florida athlete Cheyenne knows what it’s like to run under both circumstances.  By age ten, she had run away 33 times. Teachers and doctors described her as obstinate, wild, and a chronic eloper.

Thanks to the dedication of her adoptive parents and doctors at Emery University, Cheyenne was tested and diagnosed with cognitive delays. She was weaned off medication, placed in a class with students like her, and introduced to Special Olympics. Read More »