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Spread the Word to End the Word

 

On March 1st, the R-Word Campaign will be officially underway!
Join us in taking the pledge to spread the word to end the word all year long.

The “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies International and Special Olympics supporters to raise the consciousness of society and the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge respect to everyone. The campaign, created by youth, is intended to engage schools, organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support at www.r-word.org in order to promote respect, the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities.

To take the pledge, click on the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R-WordPledge2017

Thank you for supporting our athletes!

Help Major Clifton Freeze for a Reason…Austrian Style!

March of 2017 is a big month for SOGA! Not only can you join SOGA athletes Deon and Evan as they go for the gold at the World Winter Games in Austria, but now you can join one of our very own LETR members as they take the plunge!

Major John Clifton, Chair of the Executive Council of LETR for Special Olympics Georgia has been selected as one of the 88 LETR officers worldwide in participating in the Final Leg of the Torch Run at World Games and plunging into the freezing waters of the Flughafen Sea in Niederoblarn, Austria.

John has set his fundraising goal for $25,000 to help not only athletes, not only from Georgia like Deon and Evan, but worldwide. Half of all money he is raising will come back home to Georgia to benefit our 27,110 athletes.

You can be the difference. Every dollar counts- no donation too small or too large and is tax-deductible.

Click here to help Major Clifton meet his goal and make a difference for Special Olympics athletes around the world!

2017 Over the Edge

Ever wondered if you had what it takes to be fearless and face new challenges head-on?

Here’s your chance! The 6th annual Over the Edge will be Saturday, April 29th at Overlook III Building in Vinings! Join “edgers” who are brave enough to raise $1,000 to rappel over the edge of a 22 story building for Special Olympics Georgia.

Over the Edge is the largest fundraising effort benefiting Special Olympics Georgia. We are looking for brave individuals like YOU to experience the challenge, the bravery and the exhilaration of participating in an event that takes you out of your comfort zone and ultimately changes your life forever- the same thing our Special Olympics Georgia athletes experience every day.

If you are interested in participating, becoming a sponsor or would like more information, please contact Jennifer Gilliam at (770) 414-9390 x 101 or jennifer.harper@specialolympicsga.org, or visit The Over the Edge Website to register for your spot!

Polar Plunge 2017

2017_PolarPlunge_Logo+Material_Page_10Plunge Season is Approaching!

Join the LETR and Special Olympics Georgia on Saturday, February 25, 2017 as brave plungers from across the state take a dip in the icy waters of Acworth Beach.

What is Polar Plunge?

In a nutshell, participants collect pledges from friends and family in exchange for the opportunity to jump into icy waters in the middle of winter. All proceeds collected by “plungers” will benefit the 27, 110 athletes of Special Olympics Georgia. Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including best costume, highest individual fundraiser, highest team fundraiser and many more.

Not a cold weather fan? That’s alright- we’ll have areas to keep you warm and activities to help you and your family get involved with Polar Plunge. So come out, enjoy the day and support all of our Polar Plungers!

Registration is Now Open!

We are now registering plungers for Polar Plunge 2017. Register here to take the Plunge!

 

For more information or to make a donation, please contact Rebecca Walsh, Torch Run & Events Manager at (770) 414-9390 x118.

Female Fans                   LETR Chairman                    T Rex

State Summer Games May 19-21

“Be a Fan. Bring out the Champion in Everyone.”

Special Olympics Georgia State Summer Games
May 19-21

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Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) will host its annual State Summer Games for almost 3,000 athletes, coaches, and unified partners on May 19-21 at Emory University.

Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, flag football, gymnastics, soccer, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball, with medals awarded throughout the weekend.

We are looking forward to our 29th State Summer Games held at the beautiful Emory University campus.  It is so joyful as the vans, buses and cars roll in for the weekend filled with well-trained athletes ready for their weekend to compete and shine.  I invite you and your family and friends to come out to the Games and be a Fan in the Stands,” said SOGA CEO Georgia Milton-Sheats.

Leading up to games, law enforcement officers from agencies all over Georgia have teamed up with SOGA in a 1,000-mile torch relay across the state leading up to the State Summer Games. The “Flame of Hope” will light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony to signify the opening of the games.

Click here to make a donation and help sponsor a Summer Games athlete

Click here to view the 2017 State Summer Games fact sheet.

Click here to view the Athletics Venue Notice

The games are free and open to the public.  Parking is free at Peavine Parking deck. 

2017 Duck Pluck

Special Olympics Georgia Duck Pluck Season is Here! Adopt a Duck, Support an Athlete!

Adopt a duck to benefit the 27,110 athletes of Special Olympics Georgia! All the money raised is used to provide meals, housing and medals to athletes at the State Games. For a donation of $5 or more, a number will be assigned to a lucky yellow rubber duck in your honor. All ducks will be put into the Post Chastain pool for a swim on August 11 before the 6 winning ducks are plucked.

To adopt your ducks please go to: duckrace.com/Atlanta

2017 Prizes
Grand Prize – 2 Round Trip Tickets on Spirit Airlines

2nd Place – 2 Night Stay at the King & Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St. Simon’s Island

3rd Place – Dell Laptop Computer

4th Place – $400 Visa Gift Card

5th Place – YETI 35 Cooler and Tumbler

6th Place – $250 Macy’s Gift Card

Incentive Prizes

Not only are you helping Special Olympics Georgia and entered to win our top prizes, but for every duck you adopt, you will receive that many entries into a monthly drawing for a $25 American Express gift card (i.e. 3 ducks = 3 entries)! Adopting early means you are entered in each monthly drawing from February to August. In addition, a Quack Pack or higher purchase also will enter you for a chance to win a $150 American Express gift card!

To adopt your ducks please go to: duckrace.com/Atlanta

If you are interested in creating a Duck Pluck sales team or have any questions, please contact Danielle Chimenti at 770-414-9390 ext. 113.

Shoot For Champions, September 8th, Garland Mountain Sporting Clays

Come join Special Olympics Georgia for their 4th Annual Shoot for Champions Clay Shoot Fundraiser on Friday, September 8th at Garand Mountain Sporting Clays.

This event will host nearly 100 shooters who will compete in a beautiful 15 station course in Waleska, Georgia. So please come out for a great day of shooting, five stand games, a silent auction, awards and a lunch reception.

For more information on the event or sponsoring Shoot for Champions please contact Thomas Ritch at Thomas.ritch@specialolympicsga.org.

Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

Special Thanks to Our Shoot For Champions Sponsors: