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.
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.
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.
Special Olympics Florida athlete Gregg Dedic rises early for swim practice before work, but he’s not headed to the pool – he’s off to swim in a lake. Gregg is a star Special Olympics athlete and pioneer in the fast-growing sport of open water swimming. Read More
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.
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.
Stacy is an exceptional Special Olympics Florida athlete who thrives through sports training and competition, as well as Athlete Leadership training programs.
Special Olympics Florida is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2017. As we look back, we can see how our organization has not only grown, but has also been a powerful voice for people with intellectual disabilities in Florida for almost half a century.
Each month we will be highlighting one of our incredible athletes. The February Athlete of the Month is Jared from Sumter County. Check out his video!
Ordray is a Tampa native who shines on and off the soccer field. He started participating in Special Olympics Florida soccer when he was a freshman at Land O Lakes High School. His team was selected to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games and brought home the Bronze Medal.