Support Special Olympics Athletes in Oregon

by Special Olympics Oregon

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 is one of our largest fundraisers each year, and this season is almost at an end. 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, ur 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.



There is still plenty of time to sign up for the Portland Plunge or simply make a donation- every dollar makes a difference!


Give the Gift of Opportunity!
Give the Gift of Opportunity!

"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!


Special Olympics Oregon Timber Unified team
Special Olympics Oregon Timber Unified team

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.


2014 Team Oregon
2014 Team Oregon

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.

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Track & Field



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Special Olympics Oregon

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Arthur Steinhorn
Project Leader
Portland, OR United States

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