The Special Olympics Oregon delegation returned home from the 2015 World Games, held in Los Angeles, and were greeted with open arms and plenty of joy at the Portland International Airport.Congratulations to all of delegates who competed and represented Special Olympics Oregon. With their return, father and son bocce duo brought home the Bronze Medal in the Bocce Unified Doubles competition! Alec also received 4th place in the Singles competition.
Our golf delegate finished 5th place in the Level 5, 18-hole golf competition with an overall score of 319.Another one of our athletes finished 4th place in the 50-meter Freestyle with a time of 0:56.58! They also finished 4th in the 50-meter Backstroke and earned a participation ribbon for the 4 x 50-meter Relay.
For many, this was a once in a lifetime experience and it is becuase of people like you that we are able to offer such amazing opportunities.
We are so proud of what our Oregon delegates accomplished at the 2015 World Games!
With the summer season approaching, Special Olympics Oregon participants are gearing up for many Summer Regional competitions. However, for many individuals, Special Olympics is about much more than competition.Intellectual disability represents the largest disability population in Oregon and touches one in five Oregon families. Special Olympics Oregon currently serves 12,000 individuals each year, providing resources for health and wellness, creating life-long opportunities, and promoting respect and inclusion in our communities. For many it means that without Special Olympics their lives would be dramatically different.This great KMTR news story about Special Olympics Oregon's Golf Team in Eugene is a great example of how Special Olympcis Oregon changes lives.
The Special Olympics Oregon Polar Plunge season is almost at an end, and we are so grateful for each and every person who has signed up for the Plunge themselves or supported another brave soul. Every three plungers who each raise just $50 allows one athlete to compete in Special Olympics Oregon for an ENTIRE season. Ten seconds of being uncomfortable in the frigid waters of Oregon provides months of training to the largest disability population in the state!
So far, plungers from all over Oregon have raised over $331,286 and we still have two more days until the Portland Plunge! The money raised from the Polar Plunge helps Special Olympics Oregon provide quality sports training and athletic competition to children, youth and adults with intellectual disabilities in Oregon. Through the power of sports, our constituents gain confidence, make life-long friendships, and are given opportunities for inclusion and respect. Without Special Olympics their lives would be dramatically different.
"Why We Plunge"
Brandon is an athlete and a plunger with Special Olympics in Bend, Oregon. Watch the video and you'll agree-- it's people like Brandon that make it all worth it.
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There is still plenty of time to sign up for the Portland Plunge or simply make a donation- every dollar makes a difference!
"I play basketball and softball and my best friends are in Special Olympics. I am so glad I can do that and show the world I can be just like them." -Special Olympics Oregon Participant
Countless volunteers work with children, youth and adults living with intellectual disabilities throughout the year to build confidence, shatter stereotypes, and provide endless opportunities for development and growth. We currently serve over 12,000 participants each year, and with your help we can reach even more!
$25 provides weely access for a Special Olympics Oregon participant to a practice venue.
$50 provides a Special Olympics Oregon participant with training equipment for an entire season.
$100 provides uniforms for one Special Olympics Oregon participant for all three Special Olympics Oregon sport seasons.
$250 provides training and equipment for an entire Special Olympics Oregon team.
$500 allows an entire Special Olympics Oregon team to compete for one season.
$1,000 allows an entire Special Olympics Oregon team to travel and compete in State Games.
Please consider supporting Special Olympics Oregon this holiday season by making your tax deductible donation today!
Join us in Portland on Saturday, February 28, 2015 for our 2nd Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk! This family friendly event is a great way to embrace the chilly weather and boost your energy level, especially if you are more of a runner than a plunger.
The 5K race will begin at 9AM near the Portland Airport Economy Parking Red Lot. This is a point-to-point course on the paved path along the Columbia River on Marine Drive and ends at the Polar Plunge site at Broughton Beach. Runners must raise a minimum of $25 each to benefit the amazing athletes of Special Olympics Oregon.
If you are looking for a more extreme form of exhilaration, consider adding a little splash to your dash by doing the 5K Fun Run/Walk followed by the Polar Plunge! Runners who raise a minimum of $50 can participate in the 5K race and continue straight into the Columbia River to Plunge, either on your own or with your team! Those who register to Run and Plunge and raise a minimum of $50 will receive a Nike long sleeve Plunge T Shirt in addition to running socks!
After your run, walk or plunge, enjoy the food and fun while watching over 2,000 people plunge into the Columbia River! Shuttle buses will run all morning to transport you back to your car.
For more questions, please email Director of Development, Ashley Allenby at email@example.com or call at 503-248-0600 ext. 39 or Team Recruitment Manager, Andrew Steinbeiser, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 503-248-0600 ext. 46
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