Special Olympics Florida

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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Special Olympics Florida has changed my life for the better

Posted on August 2, 2017 | Posted in Play UnifiedPrograms & ServicesUnified SportsVolunteers

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As soon as I was welcomed into this great organization, I was introduced to an abundance of opportunities.   My story began in Miami where I had the privilege to work and spend my days with students in the Miami Learning Experience, a school that offers education programs for people with developmental disabilities. Students here are able to participate in Special Olympics Florida sports and programs as part of their physical education.

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We Need More Revolutionaries

Posted on July 18, 2017 | Posted in Camp ShriverEunice Kennedy ShriverPlay Unified

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July 20th represents Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day. In 1962, Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver began inviting young people with intellectual disabilities to a summer day camp she hosted in her backyard. She called it “Camp Shriver.” The goal was to explore the children’s skills in a variety of sports and physical activities. That first Camp Shriver grew into what is now known as Special Olympics, a global movement that serves more than 4.9 million athletes. Today, Camp Shriver is still an integral part of our program using sports as a vehicle to bring children with and without disabilities together so that they have the opportunity to develop their motor and social skills, create positive peer relationships and make new friends.

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An amazing Special Olympics experience

Posted on June 2, 2017 | Posted in CompetitionSportsWorld Games

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Attending the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria was one of the most amazing Special Olympics experiences in my 43 years of being involved with the organization.  Meeting athletes, families, and volunteers from around the world renewed my faith in humanity.  Everyone I met talked about how Special Olympics has had a positive impact on their lives.

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