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 send Team Oregon to USA Games! Thank you for your support and all 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 $1,300 through Global Giving’s “12 for 12 in 2013” 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!
We are geared up for Fall Regional Games and ready to have a good time....are you? Click the link below to see if there's a competition in your neighborhood! Cheerleaders of all kinds are welcome :)
Winter Games are also right around the corner and we need your help to make sure every athlete can compete! Your donation of $12 a month for 12 months will help us provide training for life for 1 athlete! Can you help us make a world of difference in the life of one athlete? Click the give now button below to sponsor an athlete!
And as always, thank you so much for your continued support of Special Olympics Oregon. We couldn't do what we do without YOU!
Nearly 1,600 participants and over 1,300 volunteers and coaches invaded Newberg, Oregon in mid-July for Summer State Games 2013! The athletes competed in track & field, bocce, golf, and softball.
Each athlete has their own story of the strength and courage it took them to get there, but we’d like to tell you about one particularly inspiring relay team from Josephine County, THE PANTHERS! Last year The Panthers relay team consisting of Joe, Troy, Kris, and Barry ran their pants off, or to be more accurate, ran their shoes off! The race was neck and neck when relay anchor Barry, flew out of the exchange area pulling ahead of the other team. Just when it looked like The Panthers were going to win the race Barry, who was running so fast, blew out of his shoe and fell to the pavement losing a heartbreaker of a race. This year, after placing 1st in Regionals, The Panthers were ready to prove they have what it takes to win this year. They practiced hard and won the gold medal in their division! A big congratulations to The Panthers and all athletes that competed at Summer State Games 2013!!!
Stories like this wouldn't be possible without donors like you. Thank you for your continued support of Special Olympics Oregon.
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