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
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
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
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.
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
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!
21st annual Special Olympics Florida Golf Classic
incredibly grateful to the more than 300 golfers who took on the course
at ChampionsGate Golf Club in Central Florida.
Pasco Athlete Runs Boston Marathon
Marlynne Stutzman ran the world-famous Boston Marathon. Her story was featured on FOX13 Tampa Bay.
Champion Volunteers Honored at Area 7 Games
These award winners truly embody the mission of Special Olympics Florida. They are champions of inclusion, they understand the power of sports, and they have committed themselves to building a better world for people with intellectual disabilities.
Law Enforcement Torch Run Races into Florida Capitol
More than 400 officers from agencies in the Tallahassee area
participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run that finished at the Old Capitol Courtyard.
Saddling Up at State Equestrian
About 150 athletes saddled up on April 7 and April 8 for the annual State Equestrian Championship in Ocala.
“We All Have Our Talents”
In recognition of National Volunteer Month, we honor the commitment of
and her volunteer career spanning more than 40 years.
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
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.
SPREAD THE WORD >> INCLUSION
On our annual awareness day, students pledged to create communities of inclusion –- where all
people are treated with the respect and compassion that everyone