• Serving over 13,000 participants each year

    Special Olympics Oregon represents the largest disability population in Oregon, providing life-changing opportunities to children, youth and adults living with intellectual disabilities through our year-round programs and services. Learn more about what we do and who we serve.

  • Take the Lead. Take the Pledge.

    The Respect Campaign asks people to pledge to stop using the word "retard(ed)" and other derogatory language, as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Join Special Olympics Oregon in creating a more accepting and inclusive world. Learn more about the Respect Campaign here.

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NIKE AND SPECIAL OLYMPICS OREGON CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OREGON YOUTH GAMES AT NIKE WORLD HEADQUARTERS

NIKE, Inc., and Special Olympics Oregon are teaming up for the 10th anniversary of the Special Olympics Oregon Youth Games at Nike World Headquarters on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Since 2007, more than 4,500 young people have participated in the Special Olympics Oregon Youth Games at Nike World Headquarters. This one-day event focuses on introducing young athletes* with intellectual disabilities to the basics of a popular sport. On the heels of the Games in Rio this summer, participants of the Youth Games will have their own opportunity celebrate the spirit of competition and reach their potential though Special Olympics Oregon’s life-changing programs while interacting with local and professional athletes, including an Olympic gold medalist and two Paralympians.

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September Athlete Spotlight: Kevin Zwart, Marion County

Kevin Zwart from Marion County has participated in Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) swimming for 15 years and it has changed his life immensely. Kevin has faced many personal obstacles in his life, and swimming has helped him face, and overcome, many of those challenges.

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September Volunteer Spotlight: Ellen Courtney,

Ellen Courtney began watching her sister compete in Special Olympics in the early 1970s. Her oldest son was born premature, and when he reached the age to start school she became a Special Olympics Oregon volunteer.  She volunteered for Track and Field, Bowling, and Snow skiing, but her favorite was becoming a bowling coach. Eventually, Ellen became the Jefferson County volunteer Local Program Coordinator.

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