Special Olympics Oregon

The mission of Special Olympics Oregon is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Sep 5, 2014

How Unified Sports make an impact on and off the field

Special Olympics Oregon Timbers Unified team
Special Olympics Oregon Timbers Unified team

On June 23, 2014, Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) Timbers Unified Soccer team from Woodburn High School competed in the 2nd leg of the Cascadia Challenge, held at the adidas Village. They competed against the Special Olympics Washington (SOWA) Sounders, with the SOOR Timbers taking the win 6-1! The event was part of the Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC rivalry weekend.

The next day, both teams participated in a pre-game exhibition match, with the SOOR team winning 3-2, at the Timbers vs. Sounders game at Providence Park where they received tons of support and motivation from Timbers Army.

For many of the Woodburn High School partners and athletes, this was their first experience attending a Timbers game, let alone playing on the Timbers field and meeting the players! This was an incredible experience that they are sure to remember.

About Project Unify

Unified Sports® is a program that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (known as unified partners) on sports teams for training and competition.

Our Project Unify program provides positive social interactions between teammates and often leads to long-lasting friendships on and off the field, promotes physical health, shatters stereotypes about intellecutal disabilities, and provides an opportunity for students to create social change through sport. Your support helps Special Olympics Oregon sustain and grow our participation in Unified Sports throughout the state.

Visit the Project Unify website for more information about SOOR Unified Sports.

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Jun 20, 2014

Take the PLUNGE in 2015!

The 2014 Plungers worked hard to raise $452,708 for Special Olympics Oregon last year! That's an increase of almost $15,000 from 2013!

How the Polar Plunge works: As a "plunger" you register to participate in one of the five plunges around the state. Maybe you join a team. Maybe not. Then you raise a minimum of $50 in pledges from friends and family (but the more you raise, the bigger your incentive prizes are). Then on plunge day you run or jump into the water and get out as fast as you can. You decide how far you want to go in. It's all done for fun and to raise money for a great cause.

How you can help

Special Olympics Oregon serves over 12,000 participants here in Oregon. Our mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. 

Right now, there are more people with intellectual disabilities that could benefit from our training and programs than Special Olympics Oregon can financially provide for. Thanks to our supporters, we are helping more children and adults each year, which is why is why your support is so important. You can make a positive impact by helping to raise money for Special Olympics Oregon's 2015 Polar Plunge. Donate today to help us provide the life-long opportunites to our participants all year and spread the word!

Then, visit our website to register for a Polar Plunge in your area!

Jun 6, 2014

Is New Jersey Ready for Team Oregon? Help Send SOOR Participants to USA Games!

2014 Team Oregon
2014 Team Oregon

The Team Oregon Delegation was selected from across Oregon to participate in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey. Athletes from Team Oregon will join over 3,500 athletes from all over the country for a week of competition and events, featuring a total of 16 sports on a national stage with over 70,000 spectators!

Over 19 athletes, nine coaches, six unified partners, one caddie volunteer and three Special Olympics Oregon staff will be heading to New Jersey on June 14th where they will begin competition and taking part in a number of exciting events, including New Jersey Welcome Day, Opening Ceremony in Newark at the Prudential Center, a dinner cruise of the Manhattan harbor, Sports Showcases and the Closing Ceremony in Trenton at the Sun National Bank Center. 

This is not only an exciting event for Team Oregon athletes to get to participate in, but a chance to experience new adventures such as travelling and meeting people from all over the country.

When we asked Unified Basketball Athlete Alexandra Hoppe what she was most looking forward to she said, “I can’t wait to fly on an airplane for the first time to New Jersey. I’m also very excited to spend time with my team.”

Aaron Cunningham, a Team Oregon power lifting athlete said that he is “looking forward to the adventure and seeing all the other athletes who have trained just as hard.”

Special Olympics Oregon athlete Kyle Gates and Unified Partner Joel Shuster will also be travelling with the Team Oregon delegation to USA Games to represent Bend High School and Special Olympics Oregon as youth leaders at the Special Olympics National Youth Summit.

Over 100 student leaders from across the United States will participate in the week-long Summit that will focus on how sports can be a platform for a social justice movement and an opportunity to advance an effective campaign for change in schools and communities. 

Every donation helps to bring Team Oregon to the USA Games! We appreciate your support and all that you do for Special Olympics Oregon.

Track & Field
Track & Field
Basketball
Basketball
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Swimming

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