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.
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.
2014 has already been a great year for Special Olympics Oregon thanks to all our our supporters who help us every day. Summer is just around the corner, which means our Summer State Games are coming up fast! Athletes will begin training in May, leading up to our State Games held on July 12-13, 2014 in Newberg, OR.
We will have hundreds of volunteers attending and athletes participating in track & field, golf, softball, and bocce. Come join us to cheer on our athletes as they reach for the Gold!
Want to see what Special Olympics is all about? Come check out the competitions!
See the Summer State Games Event Schedule for details, or contact our Portland office to find out when local practices are held at 503-248-0600.
We thank you for your support!
2013 was such a great year for Special Olympics Oregon and that wouldn't have been possible without your support! We have raised over $6,000 through Global Giving’s “Share the Torch” campaign and that money helps our athletes compete every day, every month, every year.
2014 has a lot of exciting things coming too! Winter State Games are right around the corner. We will have hundred of participants and volunteers hitting the slopes in March to compete in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Please join us March 8-9 at Mt. Bachelor to cheer on all those athletes going for the gold!
There is so much going on with Special Olympics Oregon, I don't even know where to start! First off, thank you for your continued support of our important mission. children and adults all around Oregon are able to compete because of generous donations from people like you! At the end of October and into November we'll holing Fall Regional Competitions around the state. Click the link below to see if there's one in your neighborhood!
Also coming up is our annual Radiothon on 1080 The Fan! Tune in December 12th & 13th to hear inspiring storeis from our athletes, coaches, and volunteers.
Your support means so much to us all here at Special Olympics Oregon. Can you help us reach our goal of 5 new donations by December? Click the donate button below to help us Share the Torch!
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