Our thoughts go out to everyone impacted by the weather in Missouri, especially our @somissouri family. Their brand new facility was impacted, but thankfully, no one was injured. ・・・ As you’ve probably heard, a tornado moved through Jefferson City last night. All staff are safe. Unfortunately, the Training for Life Campus was hit and suffered damage. All operations at the building have been suspended. Staff may be reached by email and/or cell phones. A decision will be made regarding our State Summer in the next 48 hours. We appreciate everyone’s concern and willingness to support us during this time. Stay tuned for more information.
“Being able to feel included has made all the difference for her.” Being seen as a normal teenager was what @specialolympicsco athlete Jackie needed to come alive. On 50 Game Changers, see how her school learned that inclusion opens a world of possibilities by embracing @specialolympics Motor Activities Training Program. Link in bio for video. #InclusionRevolution
3rd Thursdays are for Athlete Leadership! Leadership can be showcased in many forms. Deeds not words! It is not enough to tell people you are a leader; you must SHOW people what leadership is. That is exactly what Julian Borst from @spolympicsmi demonstrated on Monday April 15th, 2019. Julian became the first-ever @specialolympics athlete from Michigan to qualify for the Boston Marathon, joining over 30k other runners. Julian finished the race in 3 hours, 5 minutes and 8 seconds! That's a pace of 7:03/mile. Click link in bio to read more about this athlete leader. Congratulations, Julian! #ChooseToInclude
🐎 Spencer Roberson is a @specialolympicstx athlete upending norms and showing his community why the Revolution is Inclusion. The recent @specialolympicsusa @worldgamesad gold medalist began his career at Stable Strides Farms, an organization that provides a place for people with disabilities a chance to gain independence in life through independence in riding. His commitment to the sport doesn’t stop there. Spencer brings his knowledge of horsemanship to the arena by coaching local veterans. Watch this week’s 50 Game Changers video to learn how giving back makes Spencer an instrumental part of the horseback riding community: http://bit.ly/2WI5nWB (link also in bio) 🐎 #InclusionRevolution #Cheer4USA
For over 40 years, law enforcement officers have supported our athletes as part of @LETRforSO. As we gear up for #PoliceWeek, see how their support has expanded from modest roots in Wichita to raising millions worldwide. Click the link in bio for video. #InclusionRevolution
“When I got to high school, I found @specialolympics and I found the light.” This is Tajha's moment. #UnifiedGeneration #LinkInBio
The third Thursday of every month we will highlight a @SpecialOlympics Athlete Leadership story from North America. Our first story is about Andrew Smilley from @specialolympicscayman, who represented his country for the fifth time @WorldGamesAD, winning GOLD in Unified basketball. Upon his return, he received a Badge of Honour from HRH Prince Charles. Click link in bio to read more.
1, 2, 3... Unified! Meet the Teams - University Louisiana Lafayette went 1-1 in pool play. The team from @specialolympicslouisiana is appearing in their first @nirsachamp tournament. Kansas State was our host school for the division. This was their first year having Unified Intramurals at their campus. Thanks for welcoming us to your great state @sokansas #NIRSABB #InclusionRevolution
@specialolympics North America staff had the opportunity to present to the student leaders of the NAIA this morning and have just signed an agreement with our new teammates at @playnaia – so excited to have the 65,000+ student-athletes at 250+ schools that represent this organization joining #UnifiedGeneration & the #InclusionRevolution
We are starting this week off right just like the students at Perquimans County HS in North Carolina! #ChooseToInclude
After an accident changed his life, Kester Edwards from @specialolympicstt created an opportunity to change dozens more. On this week's 50 Game Changers, see how Kester introduced Open Water Swimming to @SpecialOlympics & see what he's planning for 2020. Click link in bio for video. #InclusionRevolution
#Repost @specialocanada ・・・ “I started my sport because I wanted to get active, and now I've been powerlifting for 20 years.” Thank you @worldgamesad for featuring this inspiring @specialoalberta and #SOTeamCanada19 🏋🏼♀️Powerlifter! . . #MeetTheDetermined #AbuDhabi2019 #SportForAll #NoLimits #Sport #CommunityAwareness #FitnessForEveryone #BeTheChange #SpecialNeeds #AbilityNotDisability #RedefineNormal #DifferentIsBeautiful #DisabilityPride #InclusionRevolution #Inclusion #InclusionMatters #disabilityawareness #intellectualdisabilities #autismmom #autismspeaks #autismfamily #downsyndrome #SpecialOlympics50 #williamssyndrome #SO2018 #ChallengeAcceptedSOC
"Why should I speak? Nobody cares." When Loretta Claiborne found her voice, she used it to elevate us all. On this week's 50 Game Changers, see how she changed the way people all over the world viewed the abilities of @SpecialOlympics athletes. Click link in bio for video.#InclusionRevolution
Happy New Years! Take a look at our #top9of2018. Here’s to trying to top 2018 in 2019!
Go Stanley! Can’t wait to root for you during @worldgamesad Repost @specialolympicsbahamas ・・・ Meet Stanley Armbrister, a Stapledon School student and one of the members of Team Bahamas Soccer squad. This first-time World Games competitor is "loaded with natural talent" and in addition to soccer, also trains in athletics, basketball and bowling. #TeamBahamas #SOBahamas #specialolympics #roadtoAbuDhabi #worldgames2019 #theinclusionrevolution #83daysleft
In honor of #SpecialOlympics50 in celebration of the @NCAASports DIII partnership, we continue our 50 for 50th profiles honoring the unified work of. Student-athletes from @bethelumn and students a part of the campus’s inclusive postsecondary program (BUILD) have worked diligently together to create a Unified community. #LinkInBio #d3SO50for50th
So much cougar pride at Wake Forest High School!! Today we recognized them as a Unified Champion Banner School which means they have met our ten standards of excellence. See link in bio for more info! #UnifiedGeneration @espn
Our #SOYouthOfTheWeek are Willek Murphy and Chloe Griffiths, a @SpecialOlympics Unified pair from @SpecialOlympicsDE! Since attending the 2018 @SpecialOlympicsUSAGames Youth Leadership Experience in Seattle in July, Willek and Chloe have been hard at work implementing new Unified programs at their high school and being living examples of the #UnifiedGeneration. They were especially inspired by the Young Athletes Festival, and decided to work towards supporting more Young Athletes programs in Delaware! Read more: click the link in bio.
Its a beautiful day for competition! Seven hours of doubles action at the #SONA Tennis Championships!
The last matches of the day are nearly underway. Here’s some of the best shots of Day 2 of @specialolympics North America Tennis Championship!
#Repost @specialocanada with @get_repost ・・・ Meet the soccer team that will be representing Canada at @worldgamesad! They’re the first team from @specialolympicsbrampton to make it to the World Stage - and they’re tough to beat! We’re coming for you Abu Dhabi! #SOteamCanada19 #ChallengeAcceptedSOC 📸 @greeker1 ——- Voici l'équipe de soccer qui représentera le Canada aux jeux mondiaux @worldgamesad! C'est la première équipe de Brampton (Ontario) à accéder à la scène mondiale – et elle est dure à battre! Tiens-toi bien, Abou Dhabi! . . #SpecialOlympicsCanada #SOC #SOCStrong #WeAreSOC #ChooseToInclude #SportForAll #NoLimits #Sport #CommunityAwareness #FitnessForEveryone #BeTheChange #SpecialNeeds #AbilityNotDisability #RedefineNormal #DifferentIsBeautiful #DisabilityPride #InclusionRevolution #Inclusion #InclusionMatters #disabilityawareness #intellectualdisabilities #autismmom #autismspeaks #autismfamily #downsyndrome #SpecialOlympics #soccerskills
This is INCLUSION! Our athletes getting autographs from the pros...and the pros receiving athlete autographs in return! #ChooseToInclude
And no event is complete without the host delegation! Thank you @specialolympicssc for your southern hospitality y’all! Great job Bailey on leading the Athlete Oath and Elizabeth & Eric using the Eternal Flame of Hope to light the cauldron!
Scenes from the Parade of Athletes at Opening Ceremony of @specialolympics North America Tennis Championship 🎾
It’s a great day for some tennis! Day 1 of the @specialolympics North America Tennis Championship is underway. Divisioning and assessments on tap for athletes representing 11 different states!