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 11, 2016

Summer Games Highlights

The Summer Sports Season is wrapping up! The 2016 Summer State Games were a great success, thanks to our fantastic supports, and of course, our athletes.

Determination

Athletes competed in Athletics (Track & Field), Softball, Bocce and Golf.

 

 

The Flame of Hope

Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) celebrated its 30th Anniversary of supporting Special Olympics Oregon participants.
Over 1,000 officers and athletes relayed the Flame of Hope throughout Oregon, which culminated in the Final Leg at Summer State Games. Thank you to all of the Law Enforcement officers for supporting Special Olympics Oregon at the Summer Statege Games and continuing to encourage and bring joy to our athletes!
Games Ceremony
Over 1,900 participants and 735 volunteers took part in the Summer State Games!


Pride in Performance Athlete Award:
Travis from the Washington County Local Program has been participating in Special Olympics Oregon for 7 years. Travis has grown to be very social and active.  He strives to do his best, whether it be in athletics or academics and continues to inspire others with his positive outlook on life.
Pride in Performance Volunteer Award:
Carmen is a Co-Local Program Coordinator, coach, assistant coach and unified partner for the Cottage Grove/Creswell Local Program and is dedicated to providing as many opportunities to our athletes as possible. She always does what is best for the athletes, spends many hours preparing for each
event and is always is ready to help. 
Ken Davis Unsung Hero Award:
Officer Pam from McMinnville Police Department has been involved with the Oregon Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) since 2010. She has been instrumental in coordinating the McMinnville Police Department leg of the Torch Run, their annual Tip-a-Cop and has also inspired other agencies to start their own fundraising efforts. 
Dancing the night away!
See more great photos from Summer State Games on our Facebook page!
Aug 11, 2016

Summer Games Highlights

The Summer Sports Season is wrapping up! The 2016 Summer State Games were a great success, thanks to our fantastic supports, and of course, our athletes.

Determination

Athletes competed in Athletics (Track & Field), Softball, Bocce and Golf.

 

 

The Flame of Hope

Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) celebrated its 30th Anniversary of supporting Special Olympics Oregon participants.
Over 1,000 officers and athletes relayed the Flame of Hope throughout Oregon, which culminated in the Final Leg at Summer State Games. Thank you to all of the Law Enforcement officers for supporting Special Olympics Oregon at the Summer Statege Games and continuing to encourage and bring joy to our athletes!
Games Ceremony
Over 1,900 participants and 735 volunteers took part in the Summer State Games!


Pride in Performance Athlete Award:
Travis Koski from the Washington County Local Program has been participating in Special Olympics Oregon for 7 years. Travis has grown to be very social and active.  He strives to do his best, whether it be in athletics or academics and continues to inspire others with his positive outlook on life.Click here to read more about Travis!
Pride in Performance Volunteer Award:
Carmen Dowell is a Co-Local Program Coordinator, coach, assistant coach and unified partner for the Cottage Grove/Creswell Local Program and is dedicated to providing as many opportunities to our athletes as possible. She always does what is best for the athletes, spends many hours preparing for each
event and is always is ready to help. Read more about Carmen here.
Ken Davis Unsung Hero Award:
Officer Pam Ramsey from McMinnville Police Department has been involved with the Oregon Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) since 2010. She has been instrumental in coordinating the McMinnville Police Department leg of the Torch Run, their annual Tip-a-Cop and has also inspired other agencies to start their own fundraising efforts. Read more about Pam here.
Dancing the night away!
See more great photos from Summer State Games on our Facebook page!
May 12, 2016

Summer Season Has Begun!

Cameron, Bend High School
Cameron, Bend High School

Special Olympics Oregon participants from all over the state have begun training hard for the upcoming regional competitions in June and Summer State Games, proudly supported by A-dec, in July. Athletes compete in athletics (track & field), bocce, golf, and softball.

With the help of our supporters and donors, Special Olympics Oregon now serves 13,000 participants year round through life-changing opportunities. Our programs provide opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to feel respected, included, and empowered to be the best they can be. 

This month we have highlighted one of our amazing athletes, Cameron, who has grown tremendously throughout his two years with Special Olympics Oregon.

Cameron first got involved in Special Olympics Oregon two years ago during his freshman year at Bend High School when he participated in their Unified Sports program.  He participates year round in Unified soccer, Unified basketball and Unified softball.

When Cameron began he was very enthusiastic about sports, but had some growing to do in learning to be a team player.  Since then his teachers and coaches say that Cameron’s growth has been outstanding.  “When we see him at practice or on the playing field he is encouraging other players, participating in practices, and supporting his team,” said Robert, Life Skills Teacher and Unified Sports Coach at Bend Senior High School.

The leadership and compassion that Cameron exhibits to his teammates is admirable.  At the Unified Basketball tournament that his team recently competed at, one of the players was very upset about missing several baskets.  Cameron took the time to go and encourage the other player to the point that the other player continued to play.

Cameron has come a long way from the freshman who had difficulty being a team player, to now being a tremendous asset to our teams,” said Coach Tadjiki.

We are inspired and proud to have Cameron as a Special Olympics Oregon athlete, and we thank those who support our mission and helping individuals like Cameron succeed on and off the field. 

 
   

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