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.
Dec 4, 2012

Fun Filled Fall Regional Games!

THANK YOU THANK YOU! We have raised over $5,000 for our athletes through GlobalGiving and now have more than 10,000 children and adults participating around the state! Our work is never done though, 100,000 more could benefit from our year-round programs with your support!

As always, our Fall Games were a huge hit! Below are a few highlights from around the state:

  • The Washington County Spiking Tigers earned the gold medal in Division B at the recent 2012 Special Olympics Oregon Fall Regional Games volleyball tournament in Corvallis.  With a reputation for enthusiastic support of teammates and opponent alike (you could definitely hear the loudest cheers at their matches), the Tigers were also presented with the sportsmanship award.
  • Special Olympics Oregon Washington County Timbers FC teammates J. Simmons and Irene Song catch a breath and some shelter during the 2012 Special Olympics Oregon Fall Regional Games soccer tournament in Corvallis.  25 teams from Oregon and SW Washington braved the elements to compete in the all day event.
  • The Special Olympics Oregon Yamhill Wildcats Unified Sports® volleyball teammates share a moment between matches at the recent 2012 SOOR Fall Regional Games volleyball competition in Corvallis.  In their first ever tournament, the Wildcats earned the silver medal in the Unified Division.
Oct 26, 2012

Take the Plunge!

It's what happens when thousands of people around Oregon run into icy cold water to raise money for Special Olympics Oregon. 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). 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.

Every three plungers allows one athlete to compete in Special Olympics Oregon's for an ENTIRE season. 10 seconds of being uncomfortable in the frigid waters of Oregon to provide months of training to the largest disability population in the state! The water is cold enough. Are you bold enough?

Plunge Dates:

February 1, 2013 Medford

February 2, 2013 Eugene

February 9, 2013 Portland & Corvallis

February 16, 2013 Bend

Click the link to supoort a plunger or become one!

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Sep 18, 2012

Thank You!

On July 14th & 15th Special Olympics Oregon held Summer State Games in Newberg. The Summer State Games are the state championship competitions in the sports of athletics (track & field), bocce, golf, and softball for Special Olympics athletes in Oregon.  All participants have trained in their hometowns for eight weeks prior to the Summer Games and have qualified to compete at the Summer Games at a regional level competition.

Thanks to many generous donations and sponsors, there were over 1,500 participants at this years Summer State Games!

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