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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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.
2016 POLAR PLUNGES
Cedar City – January 30th
Cedar City Aquatic Center
2090 W. Royal Hunte Drive, Cedar City
Provo – February 20th
East Bay Golf Course
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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: 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: 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
Athlete: Mitchell Burt
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
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
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