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About Special Olympics Washington

2 girls hugging Since Launching the House Raffle in the 2014, Special Olympics Washington has been able to make giant strides within the organization, benefiting athletes across the State of Washington. Below are some of the highlights, made possible because of the success of the Special Olympics Washington House Raffle:

New Leadership Conference

3 Runners In 2017 SOWA will host its first state-wide leadership conference. This event will bring together, athletes, coaches, volunteers, sponsors and Law Enforcement, with the common goal to train and educate.

New Fall Games

For the first time in nearly 30 years, SOWA will be adding a new “State Games”. In 2017 SOWA will have a “Fall” state games.

Mission

Special Olympics Washington BUILDS Communities and LEADS in Wellness through Sports and Inclusion.

About

Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. pecial Olympics is able to remove barriers and stigmas that people with intellectual disabilities face, and to share with the community the gifts and talents they possess. Everyone who comes in touch with Special Olympics is impacted in a way that helps them strive to achieve their personal best.

Participation

Persons with intellectual disabilities, regardless of ability level, may participate in sports and other programs offered by Special Olympics Washington. Individuals are eligible for training and competition at age eight and there is no upper age limit. More than 14,500 athletes participate in Special Olympics Washington activities; over 3.5 million athletes compete in Special Olympics programs in 160 countries.

Athlete Leadership Program

Swimmer Athletes are provided the opportunity to expand personal growth — from coaching and officiating to public speacking and volunteering. Ahtletes are also invited to volunteer at local and state events, regardless of leadership training. Additionally every Area is encouraged to create Athlete Input Councils, giving vidle feedback to Special Olympics Washington.

Training & Competition

Training and competition is offered yearround to Special Olympics athletes. Competition takes place at local, regional and state tournaments. Individuals and teams compete in divisions according to age, gender and ability.

Youth Activation

Special Olympics youth programs are education and sports based strategies powered by an egaged youth community that increases athletic and leadership opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities, while creating communities of acceptance.

Volunteers

Soccer-Player More than 8,000 volunteers support Special Olympics Washington activities. Volunteers serve as coaches, sports officials, committee members and on-site volunteers at competitions and fundraising events. Coaches and officials are trained and certified at clinics offered by Special Olympics Washington. Over 1.7 million volunteers support Special Olympics programs worldwide.

Funding

Special Olympics Washington is a registered 501(c) (3) non-profit organization supported entirely by individual, corporate and foundation contributions. Athletes participate at no cost to themselves or their families.

Unified Sport

Athletes with intellectual disabilities pair with persons without disabilities and form teams for training and competition. Unified Sports integrates Special Olympics athletes with other athletes to build self-esteem and increase understanding of persons with different abilities.

Healthy Athletes

Skier Special Olympics athletes are provided opportunities to improve health and fitness through dental, vision, hearing, feet and general health screenings. Physicians and healthcare professionals provide these services at no cost to Special Olympics athletes at tournaments.

Sports

Winter Season & Winter Games — Alpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country Skiing, Figure & Speed Skating, Snowboarding

Spring Season & Summer Games — Aquatics, Athletics (Track & Field), Long Distance Running/Walking, Cycling, Powerlifting, Soccer, Unified Bocce (recreational)

Summer Season & Summer Sports Classic — Golf, Softball

Fall Season — Bowling, Flag Football, Volleyball (recreational)

Young Athletes Winner

An innovative sports play program, designed for early childhood intervention, seeks to strengthen self-esteem and physical development for children with ID ages 2-7 years old

“You are the stars and the world is watching you. By your presence you send a message to every village, every city, every nation. A message of hope. A message of victory:

The right to play on any playing field?
     You have earned it.

The right to study in any school?
     You have earned it.

The right to hold a job?
     You have earned it.

The right to be anyone’s neighbor?
     You have earned it.

The days of segregation and separation are over.”

~ Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 1987 Special Olympics World Games

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