Special Olympics Florida




Finishing Strong

Posted on December 22, 2016 | Posted in Athlete LeadershipCompetitionGivingHealth ProgramsIntellectual DisabilitiesLittle ElitesSportsUnified Champion SchoolsUnified SportsYoung Athletes

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As December 31st draws near, it is clear this has been a year of transformational impact for Special Olympics Florida.  Our athletes are succeeding on and off the playing field and have a bigger stage than ever to showcase their abilities.  Here are just a few of the highlights from 2016.

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Smiles, Cheers, and No Fears

Posted on December 16, 2016 | Posted in CompetitionSports

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Cheers and excitement radiated from Starke, Florida, on December 9 when friends and family gathered around to watch 65 athletes compete for the chance at first place. The Bradford County School Board and Special Olympics Florida – Bradford County hosted their second annual School Roster track and field meet at Bradford High School. From 25-meter assisted walk to 100-meter relay, brave athletes pushed to do their best in every event they attempted.

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New Year’s Healthy Resolutions

Posted on December 14, 2016 | Posted in Health Programs

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With the holiday season upon us, 2017 is not far behind. New Year’s Day stands as a holiday that welcomes in a new year of opportunity for all. The opportunities are endless with a new year in mind, regardless of the set-backs in the previous year. It is a day that represents a new beginning for those who want it. Opportunities in the new year include healthy lifestyle changes in exercise, mental health, and diet.

The New Year’s resolution…we hear about it, talk about it, but do we ever actually pull through with it? 2017 can be the year of change for those who crave it.

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Defining Success

Posted on November 29, 2016 | Posted in CompetitionSportsUnified Sports

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In sports, success is often judged by an individual’s or team’s win record, but we believe that everyone is a winner at Special Olympics Florida. Athletes who train hard for competition and come away with a gold medal or trophy should be given the credit they are due, but we must also celebrate that success doesn’t necessarily mean taking home a win for everyone.

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Fall Has Arrived!

Posted on November 3, 2016 | Posted in CompetitionLittle ElitesPlay UnifiedSportsUnified Champion SchoolsYoung Athletes

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The month of November will be jam-packed with competitions and events throughout the state for Special Olympics Florida. Headlined by the 2016 State Fall Classic, Special Olympics Florida will also host two Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) League Play tournaments and the 2nd Annual Unified Rivalry Game between Florida State University and the University of Florida.

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A Touching Act of Generosity

Posted on September 16, 2016 | Posted in FundraisingGiving

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Acts of kindness – no matter how big or small – have the power to inspire and change lives beyond what we can imagine. One young man’s recent generosity moved those around him and multiplied his gift.

The Konopik family from Collier County recently purchased a new car at Tamiami Hyundai. After their purchase, they were given the opportunity to take their chances in the free “money machine,” a booth with a wind tunnel that throws cash around for the participant to grab.

The Konopik’s 11-year old son Jonathan entered the money machine and was able to snatch $131. Read More »