Our Games Are Always! What does this mean? It means our athletes are practicing, learning new skills, and competing with friends every day, every month, every year. Your donations through Share the Torch help make this possible for our participants.
Summer State Games are right around the corner (July 13-14) and we need your help to make this happen! More than 1,500 athletes, dozens of local businesses and 1,000 plus coaches and volunteers put in more than 5,000 hours to make these games happen in Newberg, Oregon. Your donation will ensure that our athletes can compete and have the time of their life with track & field, softball, bocce, and golf.
Please visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to get up to date information as the games approach. We hope to see you there!
Thanks to all of you out there we have now received over $6,000 in donations for Share the Torch!!! We couldn't have done it without you! These funds are helping provide athletes the opportunity to participate in Winter State Games in March and other games throughout the year.
Our Share the Torch campaign is still going strong. We've had a commercial run on KZTV, various radio spots with Entercom and in March, 33 billboards will go up for Special Olympics Oregon around the state. All of this will help athletes around Oregon.
Thank you and please help us Share the Torch!
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:
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!
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!
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