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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.

Race for Inclusion Updates

We held our first two events in Orlando and Pensacola.

Torch Run(ning) for our Athletes

The Law Enforcement Torch Run was back in Clermont, kicking off from Special Olympics Florida headquarters. 

Race Incentives

Events are just around the corner.  It's not too late to sign up to participate and receive some great prizes.

A wonderful night at Champions Gala

Some 400 guests turned out for the event at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, as we honored our award winners.

Chris Nikic Completes Boston Marathon

He continues to show the world that athletes with intellectual disabilities can do remarkable things, if they’re just given the chance.

A Great Day at Sunshine Bowl

This year’s event featured a flag football tournament, Punt, Pass & Kick contest, a cheer clinic and the Jack in the Club blackjack tournament.

How Special Olympics tackles emotional well-being worldwide

With the isolation and anxiety of a global COVID pandemic, Special Olympics has been working harder than ever to ensure the emotional well-being of its athletes.

Swim for Inclusion

Special Olympics Florida swim coach Lucky Meisenheimer hosted the fundraising event that was part of our Race for Inclusion campaign.

Miami Marlins pitcher goes to bat for inclusion

Anthony Bass, our first Champion Ambassador, recorded a 45-second promo urging viewers to become part of the Inclusion Revolution.

Brave in the Attempt, Episode 4

The latest edition of our podcast features Broward County athlete and stand up paddleboard champ Layla Crehan.

Shining the Light on Broward County Swimmers

The Sun-Sentinel in South Florida recently highlighted athletes who competed in the Broward County Swimming Competition.

Pasco flag football team’s dream comes true

The West Pasco Dolphins flag football will represent Florida at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando next year.  Community members like the Pasco Tax Collector and Heritage Springs Community have been generous in their donations to help cover the costs of transportation, hotel, food and more.

Brave in the Attempt, Episode 3

The latest edition of our podcast features legendary college football analyst and coach Lee Corso.

Leading Flag Football Organization Lends its Support

The Flag Football World Championship Tour has sanctioned our 2021 Sunshine Bowl, providing a high-profile endorsement from a recognized leader in the world of flag football.

Special Olympics leads the fight for inclusion

To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, USA Today published a long piece on her fight to create a more inclusive and accepting world.  Eunice, the founder of Special Olympics, was inspired by her sister Rosemary, who had intellectual disabilities.

Training Day with the Tampa Bay Bucs

The Super Bowl champions hosted their annual Community Impact Day, welcoming Special Olympics Florida athletes and other nonprofit groups to their training camp.

Short Film Winner

Congratulations and a huge thank you to Grace Cowan, a rising sophomore at The First Academy in Orlando.

A paddleboard journey

Broward County athlete Layla Crehan attempted an 80-mile paddleboard event to raise money for cystic fibrosis.

The power of perseverance

What an incredible night! Chris Nikic took home two awards at The 2021 ESPYS, in New York City:  The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance and Best Athlete with a Disability.

Announcing two new locations

Milton and the University of Florida in Gainesville will both be hosting Race For Inclusion events on December 4.

Learn more about your local program.

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