Athletes Take on Caribbean Open Water Swim

Two Special Olympics Florida athletes and a Unified partner took part in the annual Nevis to St. Kitts Cross Channel Swim, a 4.1 kilometer open-water swim in the Caribbean.

Polar Plunge Tampa Bay

The Adventure Island Plunge drew hundreds of plungers eager to get Freezin’ for a Reason.

Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day

Duval County athlete Bryce Montgomery visited News4Jax for an in-studio interview.

UCF Police and Dunkin’ Team Up

As part of a fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Florida, officers with the University of Central Florida Police Department delivered donuts to UCF students, faculty and staff.

Celebrating the MacDonald Training Center

We congratulate the MacDonald Training Center in Tampa on its 70th anniversary of providing much-needed services to people with intellectual and other disabilities.  


On our annual awareness day, students pledged to create communities of inclusion –- where all people are treated with the respect and compassion that everyone deserves.

Inclusive Leadership Training

More than 100 student leaders and faculty members participated in our South Florida Youth Summit at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

A VIP Experience

Orlando Health, the PGA TOUR, and the Arnold Palmer Invitational teamed up to create a VIP experience for Special Olympics Florida athlete Michael Ladieu.

Amazin’ Mets Create Amazin’ Day for Athletes

The Mets Spring Training clinic gave our athletes a chance to work on their game, mingle with Mets players, collect some autographs and grab a few photos.

In recognition of Black History Month

Gadsden County athlete Robert Jackson spoke about his career and about the leaders who have inspired him.

Athlete Reporting from the Big Game

Special Olympics Florida athlete Malcom Harris-Gowdie is living out his dream this week, working as a broadcaster at Super Bowl Media Row in Phoenix. 

2023 Swimming Invitational

Athletes competed in the two-day event, which was rescheduled after being postponed by hurricanes last fall.

Remembering Harvey L. Massey

We mourn the passing of Philanthropist & Entrepreneur Harvey Massey and extend condolences to his family.

Meet the 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees

We recognize and celebrate the champions who have dedicated themselves to building a world of inclusion and acceptance.

Special Olympics Florida Athletes Headed to the World Games

The Special Olympics World Games are coming, and Special Olympics Florida athletes will be there!

Lighting the Torch at Publix

The annual Torch Icon Campaign kicked off this week at Publix Super Markets all across Florida and runs through January 22.

Tallahassee Media Profiles Hall of Fame Members

WCTV (CBS) and WTXL (ABC) spoke with Robert Jackson and Melba Jacobs, describing their long history with Special Olympics Florida.

Tampa Magazine Spotlights Athlete of the Year Mary Frances Smith

Learn about what motivates Mary Frances and how she’s making her community a better place to live. 

An Extraordinary Year

A year-end message from Special Olympics Florida President and CEO Sherry Wheelock.

State Golf Championships

Nearly 300 golfers came together to compete at the Walt Disney World Magnolia and Palm courses.

Race for Inclusion: Gainesville

More than 600 participants and 52 teams came to the University of Florida to support the athletes of Special Olympics Florida and help build communities where all people are treated with dignity and respect.

Special Olympics Florida Invitational at Walt Disney World

Undaunted by a tropical storm, some 500 participants turned out in early November for the Special Olympics Florida Invitational at Walt Disney World.

Race for Inclusion: Tallahassee

Nearly 120 runners and walkers turned out for the second annual race held at FSU.

50th Anniversary Gala

The event honored 50 years of working to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and celebrated our supporters, volunteers, corporate partners, athletes, and our newest Leadership Award winners.

Race for Inclusion: Orlando

More than 200 runners and walkers turned out for the second annual Orlando Race for Inclusion at Sunset Walk Orlando.

Triathlete Competes in IRONMAN World Championship

Chris Nikic has made history again by becoming the first person with Down syndrome to complete the IRONMAN® World Championship in Hawaii, with a time of 16 hours and 31 minutes.

Special Olympics Florida Runner Takes on the London Marathon

In early October, Seminole County distance runner Samantha Rodriquez took on her third marathon in less than a year.

National Coaches Day

We celebrate and thank the incredible coaches who share their time and talents with the athletes of Special Olympics Florida.

Making a Splash at the Swim for Inclusion

They’re off and running – and swimming – in the 2022 Race for Inclusion. The first event was held on September 24 at Lucky’s Lake in Orlando.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

A perfect time for us to highlight the workplace contributions made by our athletes and people with disabilities everywhere.

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