Donate in November to the 2016 Fall Fund Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

We at Special Olympics Utah THANK YOU for your support in 2016. With the help of sponsors, donors and volunteers, over 1,700 athletes from around Utah have been able to participate in sports training, competitions and other programs. SOUT also provided more than 1,000 screenings at Healthy Athletes clinics during 2016.

What makes Special Olympics Utah unique from other local sports programs?

1.) Our focus is to assist individuals with intellectual disabilities.
2.) Athletes compete at no cost to them or their families.
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Join Us at 2016 Fall Sports Classic

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2016 Fall Sports Classic

On October 14 – 15th,  nearly 1,000 athletes and Unified Partners from across Utah will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals and ribbons at state games at the University of Utah and Rose Park Golf Course in Salt Lake City. The Fall Sports Classic features aquatics, basketball, bocce and golf along with the Motor Activities Training Program (MATP).

Hundreds of athletes from around the state competed in their area aquatics, basketball and bocce competitions from August through October. These athletes, along with those competing in … Continue Reading

Unified Sports Partnership with Real Salt Lake

 

On July 8th, RSL (Real Salt Lake) signed its inaugural Special Olympics Utah Unified Soccer Team  pairing athletes with and without intellectual disabilities together for the Unified Sports exchange program. This program is the cornerstone of the ongoing partnership between MLS (Major League Soccer) and Special Olympics North America. Unified soccer teams from MLS cities receive training from MLS players and coaches, as well as compete in exhibition matches with their Special Olympics counterparts in that MLS market. Unified matches are scheduled in conjunction with MLS club matches, providing

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Volunteer at the Siegfried & Jensen Utah Open

 

 

 

 

 

 

The annual PGA Utah Section Siegfried & Jensen Utah Open will be held at Riverside Country Club in Provo on August 22 – 28th. The Utah Open welcomes both amateur and professional golfers and is an official PGA Tour Event. It is one of the largest pro-ams in the country and the only one that utilizes Special Olympics athletes as a significant contributor to host the tournament.

Pro-Am: Monday – Thursday, August 22 – 25th
Tournament: Friday – Sunday, August 26 – 28th

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Be Inspired at the 2016 Summer Games

 

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Be Inspired at the 2016 Summer Games

On June 10 and 11th,  we will witness the human spirit on full display at the 47th annual 2016 Summer Games at Lone Peak High School in Highland. Nearly 1,000 athletes and Unified Partners from across Utah will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals and ribbons in their respective sports. The Summer Games features athletics (track & field), softball and soccer along with the Motor Activities Training Program (MATP).

During April and May, hundreds of athletes from around the … Continue Reading

UHSAA/SOUT Unified Sports is Under Way!

 

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Another great Unified Sports® season is underway! Special Olympics Utah, in partnership with the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA), is hosting Unified Sports® at participating member schools. This gives high schools around Utah the opportunity to participate in interscholastic co-ed Unified Sports Soccer and Track & Field. Students with and without intellectual disabilities compete together and experience the joy and inclusion of playing unified!

Soccer season began last week. Check out the calendar and come watch your favorite high school team compete.

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“An Evening with the Utah Jazz”

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March 15, 2016 was a truly memorable night for Special Olympics Utah as over 40 athletes participated in An Evening with the Utah Jazz. The evening was a celebration of sport in benefit of the Larry H. Miller Charities and Special Olympics Utah. Special Olympics Utah athletes dressed in their uniforms and greeted guests as they arrived at the doors of the Vivint Smart Home Arena for this new, signature Utah Jazz charitable gala. It was an evening of inspiration as guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner with a Jazz … Continue Reading

2016 Polar Plunges Announced

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are excited to announce the dates for our 2016 Polar Plunges. Hundreds of warm-hearted plungers from across the state will take a chilly dip into freezing cold water to raise funds for Special Olympics Utah, which provides year-round sports training, athletic competitions and other programming for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

plunge2016 POLAR PLUNGES

Cedar City – January 30th
Cedar City Aquatic Center
2090 W. Royal Hunte Drive, Cedar City

Provo – February 20th
East Bay Golf Course
1860 E. Bay Blvd., … Continue Reading

Athlete Profile: Shelley Raynes

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Athlete: Shelley Raynes
Participating since 1985

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Shelley first became involved with Special Olympics Utah during her early teen years under the direction of her parents/coaches, Alice and Joseph. All these years later, at the age of 43, she continues to challenge herself with her sister and coach, Mel, and their eight other siblings cheering her on. “(Because of Special Olympics) I am more confident, more motivated, I always try hard,” Shelley said. “Win or lose, I don’t care. I’m happy when I do my best.”

Over the years, she has … Continue Reading

Athlete Profile: Jax Golly

 

 

 

 

Athlete: Jason (Jax) Golly
Participating since 2010

Nancy Golly says the Special Olympics Utah program has helped her son Jason (Jax), immensely. “Before he joined (Special Olympics Utah), we struggled to find something that would help him feel better about himself,” she said. “Jax was starting to realize he was different and wasn’t as good in sports like the kids around him at school.” Jax’s motor skills were behind for his age and although he participated on a city swim team, he was last place every … Continue Reading