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Publix Bowl-A-Thon Strikes it Big

From April through June, thousands of Publix associates take part in more than 50 bowling events to support our athletes.

Race for Inclusion Speaker Series Tackles Healthcare Challenges

Special Olympics Florida and Orlando Health hosted the first in a series of panel discussions focusing on the needs of people with intellectual disabilities.

Celebrating Disability Pride Month

The observance commemorates the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act – the landmark legislation that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, and access to services. We look forward to highlighting stories of some of our remarkable athletes during the month of July

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.



The Gift of Golf

THE PLAYERS Championship awarded Special Olympics Florida’s Northeast Region 24 sets of golf clubs for local athletes.

Another Four-Star Rating

Special Olympics Florida has once again received a four-star rating – the highest possible – from Charity Navigator. 

Athletes Sign Contracts with Jacksonville Jaguars

More than 60 athletes had a great time at the 6th annual Special Olympics Florida Fantasy Camp.

Vote today to make coach the Jr. NBA Coach of the Year!

Jessica Hontz has been selected as the 2024 Orlando Magic Jr. NBA Scholastic Coach of the Year!  Now let's help her be a national winner too.

An Inspiring Kickoff to Race for Inclusion

Our Race for Inclusion Miami is off to a great start following a terrific kickoff event hosted by Truluck’s Miami, one of South Florida’s most celebrated restaurants.

Triathletes Compete on the World Stage

Let’s hear it for the incredible Special Olympics Florida athletes who competed recently at an international triathlon in Slovakia!

2024 State Summer Games

Congratulations to the athletes and Unified partners who competed recently in the 2024 Special Olympics Florida State Summer Games. The annual event drew more than 2,300 participants and featured seven sports at two world-class venues.

Special Olympics Florida and Orlando Health Announce Five-Year Partnership

Special Olympics Florida has announced a new, five-year agreement with Orlando Health, continuing a partnership that first began in 2019. The organization has been a dedicated supporter of our athletes, and we are thrilled it has chosen to continue this remarkable partnership.

Tune In to our TV Show

Our latest episode will be airing on Bally Sports Sun through July 2024.

Unified Tennis Makes its FHSAA Championship Debut

District and regional competitions were held at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, and the state championship was held at Sanlando Park in Seminole County. Thanks to everyone who made our first season such a success for our athletes.

Orlando Magazine’s Women of the Year

Special Olympics Florida President and CEO Sherry Wheelock has been selected as one of the award winners for 2024! The award honors women making a positive impact on their communities, recognizing local civic leaders, volunteers, executives, and others.

Health Screening Leads to Life-Changing Moment

After a Healthy Hearing screening, Special Olympics Florida connected Brandon Reardon with a specialist in Jacksonville Beach to receive his first-ever hearing aid.

Athletes and Volunteer Named as Florida Heroes

Three members of the Special Olympics Florida community were honored recently by Gov. Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis as part of the Florida Heroes’ program.

Miami Dade College Named National Inclusion Champion

After an exhilarating competition during the Special Olympics Unified College Championship Week presented by ESPN, Miami Dade College Homestead Campus emerged as the National Champion.

Sunshine Bowl Weekend: A Celebration of Inclusion and Football

The 2024 Jack in the Club and Sunshine Bowl weekend was a two-day celebration of football and inclusion, featuring great flag football, an exciting cheer clinic, and a Friday night blackjack tournament, all taking place at Raymond James Stadium.

David L. Singer Memorial Foundation Honored with Local Hero Award

For more than 40 years, the founders of the Foundation have been enthusiastic supporters of Special Olympics Florida and the athletes it serves in South Florida.

A Sweet Way to Honor Moms and Support Special Olympics Florida

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Special Olympics Florida is partnering with Mo’s Bundt Cakes to bring some joy to moms while supporting our incredible athletes.

41st Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Kickoff Event

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody was on hand to show her support for Florida law enforcement and the athletes of Special Olympics Florida. The kickoff ceremony took place at Capitol Courtyard.

St. Lucie Mets help Inclusion Revolution thrive

Our longtime partnership with the St. Lucie Mets has given rise to an annual clinic attended by Mets big-leaguers and coaches along with our athletes...with the purpose of coming together not only for the beauty of the game of baseball, but to mutually change lives for the better.

Palm Beach County Honors a Champion of the Special Olympics Movement

Rich Fleming has been inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame. Rich was honored in late March for three decades of work to give people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy of sports.

Athlete Gets Tips from Tour Pro

Leon County athlete Ian Kelley recently had the opportunity to meet PGA TOUR golfer Harris English.

Miami Marlins Pitcher encourages others to Go Coach

Jesús Luzardo has lent his voice to our "Go Coach" campaign, encouraging others to support Special Olympics athletes as volunteer coaches in one of the 25-plus sports we offer throughout our state.

Broward High Rollers Win in Las Vegas

Congratulations to the Broward County Unified Bowling Team, which recently competed at the 32nd annual Special Olympics National Unified Bowling Championship in Las Vegas.   

Spread the Word 2024

Schools across Florida took action to create environments where all people are respected and treated with dignity. Since its creation more than a decade ago, Spread the Word Day has grown into a global movement promoting inclusion and working to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities.



Northwest Region Athletes in the News

Special Olympics Florida athletes Shane Patty and Stacy Barnes are crushing it and being recognized for their achievements!

Honoring Black Community Leaders

Flagler County athlete Josh Rosa is inspired by his pastor, John Galloway.



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