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Athlete Profile: Shelley Raynes


Athlete: Shelley Raynes
Participating since 1985


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

Athlete Profile: Emma Wilson


Athlete: Emma Wilson
Team: University of Utah
Participating since 2003

From Emma Wilson’s first swimming lesson, she was hooked. At four years-old, she started lessons and has been swimming ever since. “When Emma was born, the doctors told us she would never walk or talk. They said she would be blind and have seizures,” said her mother Stacy. “None of that happened. She proved them all wrong.”

“She has had always had to find her own way of doing things because she can’t use her right hand,” said Stacy. “But … Continue Reading

2015 Fall Fund Drive – A Time to Focus on Others

Fall Group
Dear Supporters of Special Olympics Utah,

It has been said that we are most satisfied with our lives when we can focus on others. 

If you are reading this, it is because you took time to focus, and care about, a Special Olympics Utah athlete. This could have been from providing training to an athlete, planning or participating in an event, volunteering at a competition, or making a financial contribution.

Whether it was through your devotion of time, your financial contribution or both, your focus on others allowed and

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Athlete Profile: Mitchell Burt


Athlete: Mitchell Burt
Team: Jaguars
Participating since 2014

Jennie and Steve Burt are amazed at the positive effect that Special Olympics Utah has had on their son Mitchell.  Mitch, who turns 9 this weekend, joined the Jaguars shortly after his 8th birthday last November. His parents appreciated how quickly his coaches, Unified Partners and teammates included him. “People often tiptoe around Mitch or treat him like he’s different, but at Special Olympics he is completely accepted for who he is,” said Jennie. “He knows he is part of something … Continue Reading

2015 Fall Sports Classic Recap

The 2015 Fall Sports Classic was a resounding success! More than 800 athletes and 125 Unified Sports partners participated on October 16-17 at the University of Utah. These incredible competitors received support from more than 250 coaches and nearly 600 volunteers. What a turnout!

The Opening Ceremonies were emceed by Wesley Ruff and Alana Brophy from ABC 4 News. Jhalayah Carter, Utah Pre-Teen Cover Girl, performed with the assistance of her brother who was competing as a SOUT athlete. As always the Victory Dance was a highlight of the event.… Continue Reading

THANK YOU for supporting the Fall Sports Classic


Special Olympics Utah hosted its annual Fall Sports Classic on October 16 – 17th. With the addition of golf, this two-day event surpassed our Summer Games as our largest state competition. During the course of the event, more than 900 athletes and Unified Partners from across Utah competed for state in aquatics, basketball, bocce, golf and MATP. Young and old came together after months of training to show the community their hard work, determination and athletic ability.


First and foremost, we thank our volunteer Heads of Delegation and … Continue Reading

Volunteer at 2015 Fall Sports Classic

The 2015 Fall Sports Classic welcomes more than 800 athletes and Unified Partners® from across Utah who will compete for state in four sports – aquatics, basketball, bocce and golf. The two-day event will be held on October 16 – 17th at the University of Utah and Rose Park Golf Course in Salt Lake City.


Be a FAN of inspiration and come volunteer at this exciting event. There are 600+ day-of-event volunteer opportunities and we need YOU!  The time, energy and enthusiasm of volunteers fuel our movement and make … Continue Reading

Fall Sports Classic Fund Drive — On the Move for Good Health!

In support of our fall games we are conducting a Fall Sports Classic Fund Drive.   Starting Wednesday, September 8, our goal is to make 200 phone calls by October 8, 2015 to raise $60,000 to support the Fall Sports Classic.  Help us find 200 companies, organizations or individuals to call.  Send us the name of a company, the person at the company you think could facilitate a donation, and a phone number to call, and tell us why you think we should call that person and company.  Send it to … Continue Reading

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games

Athletes Linda Pate, Jesse Eden and Joyce Reis participated in the World Games! Athlete Jazmine Slama and St. George Police Officer Jeremy Needles were part of the Final Leg of the Torch Run.

Linda (left), Jesse (middle), Joyce (right)

Jazmine (left), Officer Needles (right)

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