“Yeah, I am Special”

Special Olympics Florida athlete Joshua Olds is one of the faces of a new Special Olympics national campaign designed to reclaim and redefine what it means to be special. 

State Fall Classic

More than 1,500 athletes and Unified partners from across Florida turned out for two days of competition at the ESPN Wide World of Complex. They participated in six different sports, including cornhole, flag football, gymnastics, pickleball, powerlifting, softball.

Hall of Fame Class 2023

We are proud to announce the newest members of the Special Olympics Florida Hall of Fame. The 2023 inductees truly embody the best of the Special Olympics movement.

Celebrating Inclusion at the Champions Gala

Special Olympics Florida honored the athletes, volunteers, and partners who make its work possible at a spectacular gala featuring music, dancing, fellowship, and fireworks. The Champions Gala, presented by Publix, was held at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

Annual Leadership Award Winners

Special Olympics Florida is thrilled to announce the winners of its annual Leadership Awards which honor service to the Special Olympics movement.

Racing for Inclusion in Orlando

Nearly 500 participants came out to support the third annual race event.  A huge thanks to our host, the Promenade at Sunset Walk, and to our partners – Publix, Accenture, NDM Hospitality, Orlando Health, and Talk of the Town Restaurant Group.

Miami Race for Inclusion Kickoff Event

Corporate partners and local leaders met at Gekko’s restaurant to promote the Race For Inclusion - Miami. Ron Goncalves, President and General Manager, Florida at Nomi Health – a Gold Sponsor of the Miami Race for Inclusion -- welcomed the attendees.

Triathletes Smash the IRONMAN Barrier

Two of our remarkable triathletes made history over the weekend by competing in and completing the World IRONMAN Championship in Kona, Hawaii. 

SONA Golf Championship

Congratulations to the Special Olympics Florida golfers who turned in award-winning performances at the 2023 Special Olympics North America Golf Championship.

Swim for Inclusion 2023

Swimmers from across the state turned out recently for the Swim for Inclusion at Lake Cane in Orlando. 

Swing Into Topgolf’s Giving Season

You can support Special Olympics Florida when you make a reservation at Topgolf through October 31.

Racing for Inclusion

Hundreds of participants from across the state turned out to support our athletes and raise funds for our mission at races in Jacksonville, Key West and Pensacola.

Running with the USF Bulls

A huge thanks to the University of South Florida and the USF football team for hosting our athletes at a recent USF Victory Day. 

Hanging Out with the Pros

The Tampa Bay Bucs and Miami Dolphins recently invited Special Olympics Florida athletes to preseason training camps.

2023 State Stand Up Paddle

More than 150 athletes traveled to Nathan Benderson Park for a great day of competition, featuring short and long-distance races in both individual and relay formats.

A Night of Celebration

Special Olympics Florida gathered recently at Flemings on Brickell Avenue to express our gratitude to our sponsors and partners and to celebrate the courage and contributions of all people with intellectual disabilities.

Orlando Health’s World-Class Care

Orlando Health – the Official Central Florida Health Home of Special Olympics Florida – recently opened the Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute and invited two of our Athlete Leaders on an exclusive tour of this state-of-the-art facility.

Celebrating a Longtime Champion

For 22 years, Orlando journalist Jim Payne has been our champion. Special Olympics Florida honored him with a retirement celebration in Winter Park.

CSX Hosts RFI Sign-Up Event

CSX has signed on as a corporate champion and will serve as the host for the Race for Inclusion – Jacksonville. Last week, they organized a Race for Inclusion sign-up event for their employees to learn about our Race for Inclusion campaign.

Nomi Health Supports Panhandle Health Screenings

Thanks to the generosity of Nomi Health, Special Olympics Florida held one of the Panhandle’s largest Healthy Athletes screenings ever, which coincided with our Northwest Regional Games.

Publix Bowling Strikes it Big for our athletes

This year’s Publix Bowl-A-Thon once again demonstrated the company’s unwavering support for our athletes.

Celebrating Inclusion

Each July, the nation recognizes Disability Pride Month, an event that marks the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.

Special Olympics Florida Athletes Shine on the World Stage

Our 15 athletes and Unified partners competed with Special Olympics USA in Berlin and made memories that will last a lifetime. 

July Campaign: Round Up for Charity

Talk of the Town Restaurant Group is one of our long-time sponsors, supporting annual fundraising campaigns to improve the lives of our athletes and their families, like the Round Up for Charity campaign happening during July.

A Wish Come True

Fifteen Special Olympics Florida athletes and Unified partners are now in Germany for the 2023 Special Olympics World Games. 

2023 State Summer Games

Some 1,500 athletes and 300 Unified partners from across Florida came to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for two days of competition in six different sports -- athletics, bocce, cheerleading, cycling, soccer, and volleyball.

Health Champions Honored at State Summer Games

Special Olympics Florida honored two individuals for their pioneering work in meeting the healthcare needs of people with intellectual disabilities.

State Tennis Championships and Pickleball Invitational

We had two amazing days of competition at the 2023 State Tennis Championships and Pickleball Invitational last, with some 200 athletes turning out to show off their skills.

Torch Run Makes its Way to Lake County

The Law Enforcement Torch Run season is in full swing, and this week, runners came out to our headquarters in Clermont for the Lake County leg.

2023 Sunshine Bowl

This year’s event drew more than 30 teams in the flag football tournament, nearly 100 participants at our cheer clinic, and 150 players at the Jack in the Club evening event.  We are so grateful to everyone who made it possible!

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