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Go Gators!

Once again, the Special Olympics College Club at the University of Florida has been named National Champion of the Special Olympics Virtual College Rivalry Championship, presented by ESPN.

4th Annual Sunshine Bowl

Dozens of flag football teams from across the state came together at Raymond James Stadium to compete in this annual event to raise money for Special Olympics Florida.

A full-circle experience

Tom Langer began as a Healthy Athletes volunteer in 2007 and is now helping Special Olympics Florida through community outreach and sponsorship support.

Golfer trains for Special Olympics USA Games

With the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games coming up in June, our athletes are drawing lots of interest from Florida media.

Celebrating National Volunteer Month

Beatriz Sousa has been teaching virtual fitness classes and promoting healthy habits. Through those classes, she’s become a minor celebrity and friend to many of our athletes.

Law Enforcement Torch Run®

Special Olympics Florida launched its 39th annual torch run in Tallahassee with a run followed by a kickoff celebration at the Old Capitol.

State Equestrian Championship

The two-day event featured the riding skills of Special Olympics Florida athletes competing in showmanship, dressage, barrel racing, pole bending, equitation and trails.

Special Olympics Florida Golf Open

A great day of golf at the spectacular JW Marriott Turnberry Resort & Spa in South Florida while raising funds for Special Olympics Florida.

Jersey Mike’s Day of Giving

Jersey Mike’s stores from Key West to Pensacola were humming, as customers turned out to pick up lunch or dinner and show their support for the athletes we serve.

Chris continues to shatter misconceptions

Special Olympics Florida athlete Chris Nikic has signed an Adidas contract, changed The Boston Marathon, and is featured in a new documentary.

Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day

Duval County athlete Caleb Prewitt has been part of Special Olympics Florida for 12 years and competes in seven sports.

Golfer receives surprise gift

Duval County athlete Amanda Bussey was honored by THE PLAYERS Championship -- an enthusiastic fan and supporter of Special Olympics Florida.

A Great Day For Golf

It was the 20th year for our Special Olympics Florida Golf Classic presented by Publix, where supporters turned out for a day of fun, fellowship, and golf.

Spread The Word Day

"Spread the Word" is an every day action to promote respect, acceptance, and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities...and globally, our organization brings awareness to this annual campaign on the first Wednesday of March.

Tune In to our TV Show

Our latest episode will be airing on Bally Sports Sun through July 2022.

Together We Celebrate

As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, we recently hosted a kick-off event and presented awards at our headquarters in Clermont.

Transformational Support

Thanks to the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities we provide health screenings across eight different disciplines, ensuring that people with ID and DD get needed vision and hearing care, dental care, foot care, and fitness advice.

Black History Month

We highlight some of the Special Olympics Florida athletes who are shattering expectations and proving on a daily basis that people with intellectual disabilities will accomplish amazing things -– if they’re only given the opportunity.

A Movement of Community Resilience

Special Olympics Florida was a beneficiary of this year’s Great Charity Challenge.

Special Olympics Makes Case for Inclusion and Impact

Special Olympics athletes and supporters engaged virtually with Congressional leaders to champion for rights and needs of people with intellectual disabilities during our annual Capitol Hill Day.


Partnership Immerses Athletes in Health Care Internships

Nick Tortorici and Janira Novak are part of Project SEARCH, a one-year immersion program for students with intellectual disabilities in their final year of high school.

Taking the Plunge

Jason Gruber has cracked the code to raising money for our annual Polar Plunge.

Brothers training for Special Olympics USA Games

Ryan and Matthew Letcher will represent Team Florida at the Games in June.

Light The Torch

Special Olympics Florida is joining forces with Publix Super Markets to raise funds for thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities through the Torch Icon Campaign.

A Remarkable Year

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

NFL Shows Their Support

The NFL celebrated its fifth annual "My Cause, My Cleats" campaign during Week 13 of the NFL season.

Playing Golf Builds Self-Esteem

Osceola County athlete Michael Ladieu says, "Special Olympics surrounds me with people who support me, work with me, and treat me with compassion and respect."

A Movement of Community Resilience

Special Olympics Florida will be a beneficiary of this year’s Great Charity Challenge.

New Sponsor Steps Up for Inclusion

We are thrilled to announce that Alert Florida Today is an official sponsor of the Tallahassee Race for Inclusion.

Athletes Complete New York City Marathon

Special Olympics Florida athletes Chris Nikic and Samantha Rodriguez delivered stellar performances on one of the biggest stages in the sporting world.

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