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Special Olympics NorCal Athlete Leaders joined staff and chaperones to travel to Washington D.C. in early February as a part of #SOHillDay. The annual advocacy effort brings together delegates from across the country to meet with their respective Members of Congress at the Capitol, share the impacts of Special Olympics, and ask for continued federal funding in Schools and Health. Special Olympics NorCal’s delegation included
Matthew Freeman has danced with a legend. The Santa Cruz-area athlete has been involved with Special Olympics in California for more than 50 years and has compiled an incredible 456 medals. Yet his favorite memory isn’t from on the field or the court. “I danced with Eunice Kennedy Shriver,” Matthew said, reminiscing about the time he met the Special Olympics founder. “I got to meet
We’re excited to announce that Central East High School has received National Banner Recognition from Special Olympics North America as an ESPN Honor Roll school! Central East is a part of the Central Unified School District in Fresno, Calif. The national recognition is awarded to schools that demonstrate an inclusive campus climate and exude a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the
Special Olympics Northern California hosted a multi-state West Coast Health Messenger Conference during July 2023 in Oakland. Athletes and mentors from Special Olympics NorCal, Special Olympics Southern California, Special Olympics Nevada, Special Olympics Alaska and Special Olympics Idaho gathered for a weekend of training and fun activities. Classes included health disparities and communication, fitness, nutrition, gameday mindsets and self-advocacy. Athletes and mentors also enjoyed social activities
Congratulations to all of the athletes who participated in the 2023 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games from June 23-25 at Santa Clara University! The annual Summer Games is our largest local championship event and features three days of fun for athletes and the community. Highlights from Summer Games included: 600+ athletes competing from 31 counties. View Results 200+ coaches and hundreds of volunteers from
The Special Olympics Northern California Healthy Athletes Program provided more than 735 screenings to athletes and members of the community at the 2023 Summer Games in Santa Clara. Healthy Athletes provides free screenings and resources to athletes in a variety of different disciplines, including: Opening Eyes, Fit Feet, Special Smiles, FUNfitness, Medfest, Healthy Hearing, Strong Minds and Health Promotion. Volunteer healthcare professionals and students gain
Special Olympics Northern California and full- service advertising agency Barrett Hofherr are launching a new awareness campaign demonstrating how Special Olympics brings people together in ways that erase lines of division and isolation. The “Do Something Special” campaign will launch on June 23, in conjunction with the organization’s annual flagship event, the 2023 Summer Games in Santa Clara. “Special Olympics NorCal reaches far beyond athletics.