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Be Inspired at the 2016 Summer Games




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!




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


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.”

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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

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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