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.
Aug 8, 2012

2012 Polar Plunge

The 2012 Plunge: A Huge Success!

More than 3,150 people plunged in Portland, Corvallis, Eugene, Medford and Bend. That's up from last year.

Together we raised over $460,000 in pledges, just about equal with last year's record-setting amount. An amazing achievement when compared with so many non-profits seeing a drop in donations.

Our Super Plunge" team of fourteen volunteers stepped up and plunged once an hour for 24 hours, raising over $50,000! (talk about crazy in a good way).

Making A Huge Difference In The Lives Of Our Athletes

The numbers and the personal challenges are a lot of fun. But most important, your involvement in the plunge is making it possible for Special Olympics Oregon to provide more events for our athletes, including the State Games.

Get ready for the 2013 Plunge!

Even though it's warm outside it's not too early to start planning for the 2013 Polar Plunge! You can register online at http://plungeoregon.com/register.html. Start recruiting teammates and your fundraising now!


May 14, 2012

The 2012 Youth Rally at Hillsboro High School

On Saturday, April 21st over 100 youth with an without intellectual disabilities from 10 different schools attended a student-led Youth Rally at Hillsboro High School to raise awareness about inclusion and to promote the R-Word Campaign.

The rally was organized and produced by 16 year-old Hillsboro High School student Jori Halpern as part of her senior project, along with the help of Special Olympics Oregon staff. Last year Halpern attended the Youth Rally at Grant High School that Special Olympics Oregon hosted and was so inspired by the event that she decided to organize one at her own school. By hosting the rally, Halpern’s goal was to break down barriers between students with and without disabilities in order to create a more accepting society.

During the first half of the rally students had the opportunity to participate in various activity booths that promoted inclusion, acceptance, respect and sports. Some the activities included creating your own R-Word shirt, signing the R-Word pledge, making friendship bracelets, and a basketball shoot-out that was hosted by Hillsboro Unified basketball youth participants.

The second portion of the event brought everyone together for an assembly styled rally. Since the weather was almost 75 degrees, they decided to have it at their outdoor commons area instead of in the gym. Guest speakers took the stage to share their stories and entertain the crowd. Twin brothers Joseph and Jonathan Jackson told their story about one of them being born with down syndrome and the other without and their involvement in participating in Special Olympics basketball together. Next, Forest Grove High School students Chris Sullivan and Skylar Sharp shared their experience about traveling to the 2012 Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece and representing Project UNIFY at the Global Youth Activation Summit. A Hillsboro Unified partner and athlete then spoke about their involvement in Unified sports and the impact that it’s had in their lives. The rally ended with an exciting performance by local musical artist Cam Lasley, who performed four songs and got the crowd up on their feet and dancing!

May 1, 2012

Thank you!

Thank you!
Thank you!

Thank you for your support of Special Olympics Oregon! We are on our way to meeting our 12 for 12 goal and every donation helps our participants in Training for Life!

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