Share the Fun and make a Difference with Talbots

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Talbots and Special Olympics Georgia invite you to stop by their store in Buckhead to shop, make a difference and enjoy light refreshments.

On Friday, December 2, from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Talbots at the Peachtree Battle Promenade will be donating 10% of pre-tax sales to Special Olympics Georgia.

Click here for more information.

To RSVP, or find out additional information, please contact Robin Fabrick at 770-414-9390 ext. 112.

State Indoor Winter Games, January 20-22, 2017, Cobb County

Special Olympics Georgia will host the 2017 State Indoor Winter Games on January 20-22, 2017.

Come join the 2800 athletes, coaches, and unified partners in Cobb County as they compete in basketball, bowling, floor hockey, artistic gymnastics, and powerlifting!

The Opening Ceremony will be held on Friday, January 20th at the Cobb Civic Center at 7:30pm and is open to the public.

For more information on Indoor Winter Games, view our fact sheet HERE and visit our event page, or contact David Crawford at david.crawford@specialolympicsga.org.

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Thomas Ritch at thomas.ritch@specialolympicsga.org.

If you would like to volunteer, go online to http://sogeorgia.vsyshost.com or contact Paul McNeil at paul.mcneil@specialolympicsga.org

3rd Annual St. Peter Chanel 5K

Run for a reason!

Join St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church as they host the 3rd Annual St. Peter Chanel 5K on November 19, 2016.

Benefiting Special Olympics Georgia, the event will include a free kids run and is open to runners and walkers of all levels.

Click here for more information.

To register, click here.

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!

Thank You Dunkin’ Donuts!

Special Olympics Georgia would like to thank Dunkin’ Donuts for their tremendous sponsorship of the 2016 Cops on Donut Shops and support of LETR. Below are a few words from Dunkin’ Donuts:

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“On behalf of our franchises within the state of Georgia, being able to support Special Olympics Georgia during National Donut Day was a fun and successful effort! Partnering with the LETR groups made it very rewarding since serving our “safety” organizations is part of our mission at Dunkin’ Donuts Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation. We are please to support the great work and the impact that you have on the lives of the Special Olympics athletes. At Dunkin’ Brands, community is the heart of our business so it was exciting to learn about the “reach ” your organization has throughout the whole state. We believe that charitable giving begins at home, in the communities, cities and towns in which we operate. So, we look forward to continuing our support and relationship with Special Olympics Georgia in the future.”- Kimberly Brandon, Associate Field Marketing Manager, Dunkin’ Brands

2016 State Summer Games Updates

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All events for Saturday, May 21 will take place at their regularly scheduled venues and times. 

For the official 2016 State Summer Games Inclement Weather Plan, click here.

 

If you have any additional questions before the 2016 State Summer Games (before May 20), please call the Special Olympics Georgia office at 770-414-9390.

If you have any additional questions during the 2016 State Summer Games (May 20- 22), please call the Nerve Center at 404-727-5202.

If you are LETR, please contact Rebecca Walsh at 678-858-3855 or rebecca.walsh@specialolympicsga.org.

If you are media, please contact Meghan Daves at 864-680-7670 or meghan.daves@specialolympicsga.org.

Thank You Marlow’s Tavern Sandy Plains

Marlow's Tavern Sandy PinesCongratulations Marlow’s Tavern on a great Sneak Preview and VIP Party at your new Sandy Plains location.  Thank you for once again inviting Special Olympics Georgia to be a part of this great celebration!  Your continued generous support and friendship helps our athletes build their self-esteem, improve their health, nurture friendships, and become meaningful citizens.  And for that, we can’t thank you enough!!!  Good luck with the official opening of the Sandy Plains location on Tuesday!     

 

May’s Athlete of the Month: Kwame Owusu

Athlete of the MonthKawame Owusu is a 20 year old senior at Stephenson High School, full of Jaguar pride. Not only does he like to show off his Jaguar spirit, but he exudes his love, passion and enthusiasm for Special Olympics Georgia . When you meet Kwame, his smile is contagious and his sweet, caring personality radiates.

Throughout the years of being a Special Olympics Georgia athlete, Kwame’s collection of medals and ribbons are beginning to mount up. At Sate Games, he competes in basketball team skills and modified volleyball each year. On a local level, he has competed in a broad span of sports that includes volleyball, basketball, bowling, bocce, tennis and athletics. Kwame epitomizes the true spirit of a Special Olympian with his encouraging attitude, kind-heartedness, positive sportsmanship and willingness to assist others. He has an extraordinary way of sharing and spreading this to his coaches, teachers and teammates. We congratulate Kwame on being May’s Athlete of the Month!

Special Olympics Georgia State Indoor Winter Games return to Cobb County for 2016

soga_wg_powerlifting_mp_4ATLANTA – January 14, 2016 – In what is becoming a tradition for both Special Olympics Georgia and Cobb County, the 2016 Special Olympics Georgia State Indoor Winter Games return to Cobb County for competition the weekend of Jan. 22-24. This will mark the 24th consecutive year that the State Indoor Winter Games have been held in the Marietta and Cobb County area.

An estimated 2,100 athletes and 200 unified partners will compete in the following events: basketball, bowling, floor hockey, gymnastics and roller skating. In addition, the Southeast Powerlifting competition will also be held at the Marriott Hotel, featuring additional athletes from Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Games are free and open to the public.

“Special Olympics Georgia is excited to host the Indoor Winter Games all over Cobb County for the 24th year in a row,” said Special Olympics Georgia CEO Georgia Milton-Sheats. “We will have a record number of athletes, coaches, families and volunteers joining at the Games. We hope people will come out to be ‘A Fan in the Stands’ and watch some high level competition and have fun.

“Log on to our website at www.specialolympicsga.org to find out more about our organization and the athletes.”

The Games’ Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at McEachern High School in Powder Springs. Area radio personality Moby will serve as the Master of Ceremonies, while the Opening Ceremony Grand Marshal is former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Buddy Curry.

Competitions will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at various locations. The venues include: Sparkles (roller skating), Cobb Gymnastics Center (gymnastics), Marietta Middle School (floor hockey), Ron Anderson Recreation Center and McEachern High School (traditional team basketball), Smyrna Community Center (unified team basketball), Windy Hill Athletic Club (3-on-3 basketball), Fair Oaks Community Center (basketball individual skills), Lawrence Street Recreation Center, the Salvation Army and Ward Recreation Center (basketball team skills) and Brunswick Zone and Marietta AMF Lanes (bowling). The Olympic Town festivities and Healthy Athletes program will be held Saturday, Jan. 23 at Marietta Middle School.

About Special Olympics Georgia SOGA provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for 26,702 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community. For more information, visit www.specialolympicsga.org.

SOGA Athlete Nandi Isaac appointed to Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

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Nandi Isaac

ATLANTA – November 13, 2015 – Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appointed 23 people to various statewide boards this week, and one of those appointees was Special Olympics Georgia athlete Nandi Isaac.

The Macon resident was one of seven people who were appointed to the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. The mission of the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is to bring about social and policy changes that promote opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities and their families to live, learn, work, play and worship in Georgia communities.

Born in the United Arab Emirates and of Indian origin, Isaac moved to Georgia with her family when she was six months old. She has been competing in Special Olympics Georgia for more than 20 years. It started at the age of nine with swimming, and has since broadened to include athletics, roller skating, sailing, equestrian, ice skating, hockey and basketball. Isaac will be competing in January in basketball at the SOGA 2016 State Indoor Winter Games.

Isaac has become a spokesperson and advocate for people with intellectual disabilities. Her various advocacy roles include being a partner in policymaking for All About Developmental Disabilities and has completed training in peer-to-peer support. Isaac is also a member of the Region 2 Quality Improvement Council of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and also serves on the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council.

A self-made businesswoman, Isaac owns the microenterprise “ScanWithNan,” which helps people preserve their memories through photos. For more information on “ScanWithNan,” go to www.scanwithnan.com.