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How Special Olympics Florida’s Fall Classic Promotes Inclusion Through Sports

Posted on November 10, 2015 | Posted in Health ProgramsSportsYoung Athletes

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The following is a guest post from Herley Pellew, Manager of Special Olympics Florida’s Project UNIFY. 

Special Olympics Florida Fall Classic is the culminating celebration and competition for athletes, partners, and coaches participating in bowling, cheerleading, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball, and unified flag football. Fall Classic takes place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex November 13th-14th.  With the additions of cheerleading and flag football to this year’s festivities, 2015 Fall Classic will have over 2,200 total athletes, partners, and coaches attending and sets itself up to be the biggest one yet. Aside from the numerous competitions simultaneously taking place, Healthy Athletes will also be conducting health screenings for all participants. Healthy Athletes will be able to conduct screenings in all six disciplines due to the generosity of over 450 health professional volunteering for this event. Screenings will be conducted in Fun Fitness, Fit, Feet, Healthy Hearing, Heathy Promotions, Opening Eyes, and Special Smiles.

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Celebrating Ability

Posted on August 31, 2015 | Posted in Intellectual Disabilities

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Every day, Special Olympics Florida works to break-down barriers and stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities. That’s why we should all celebrate nine-year-old Kayla Kosmalskin’s featured appearance on a Miami runway for a Gap fashion show. Kosmalskin, who has Down syndrome, was one of thirteen models featured.  Read More »


Autism is Speaking & We Are Listening: YAP, Autism & You!

Posted on April 1, 2014 | Posted in Intellectual DisabilitiesYoung Athletes

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Incorporating physical activity into young children’s lives is the key to creating a foundation of movement and activity that they will carry with them into their futures. Physical activity is essential for children with and without special needs alike as it promotes a healthy lifestyle, but can benefit children with autism in extraordinary ways. Read More »


President’s Message: Raise Your Voice

Posted on March 4, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized

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March is a significant month for the Special Olympics movement. During March, we participate in the R-Word Campaign (March 5th) as well as Capitol Hill Day (March 12th) – two important events that come together and create a nation-wide platform for our collective voices.

Raising awareness for people-first language has always been a priority for Special Olympics Florida. That’s because Special Olympics is more than just sports. With a focus on physical, social and emotional development through sports, wellness and leadership training, Special Olympics Florida is part of a global movement dedicated to bringing tolerance and acceptance that will unify the world. Read More »


After 45 Years, Mr. Professional Is Still On A Roll

Posted on January 2, 2014 | Posted in Athlete Profiles

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It’s a rainy Tuesday evening but the weather doesn’t dampen the attitude of Special Olympics athlete Matt Brown. “Tonight, I’m going to bowl at 900%,” he says as he carries his bowling bag into the alley at First Baptist Church in Merritt Island where he meets his league each Tuesday night. Before the lanes buzz to life, lit and ready for practice, Matt slips on his bowling shoes, fills out the score sheet and sets up his two favorite bowling balls. This is a routine that he’s come to develop over time; Matt started bowling 45 years ago when he was only 9 years old – and he’s still going strong. Like clockwork, he bowls twice a week; one day with his league and another with his Special Olympics team.

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