We’re Back!

The past couple of months have been very busy and exciting times for Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) athletes, coaches, volunteers, families, and supporters.   
 
It has felt incredible to be back together, watching our athletes showcase their skills and talents on the tracks, courts, courses, and fields. 
 
Our athletes, coaches, volunteers, families, and Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) officers have created an atmosphere that feels incredibly special and inspiring. The entire season has been filled with smiles, laughter, cheers, tears of joy, great competition and of course, sportsmanship! 
 
Special Olympics Oregon welcomed back in-person training and competition for the first time in 28 months with an athletics and bocce regional competition at Spiegleberg Stadium in Medford on Saturday, June 25, 2022. 
 
EVENTS
"[Special Olympics Oregon] has changed my life for the better because I love competing and I love being an athlete."
- Mary S., High Desert Local Program

SPOTLIGHT
Athletes
Summer Season Regionals

The spirit of competition and comradery is alive and well! 
 
Special Olympics Oregon hosted 11 different regional competitions during the 2022 Summer season with athletes and Unified partners from all over the state coming together to compete in athletics, bocce, golf and softball. 
 
There were many highlights, amazing stories and close games, matches and races, but no one was more evenly matched than Mason Williams of Eugene/Springfield and Devon Holcomb of Linn County who competed against each other in the100M dash at the SOOR Regional Athletics at Willamette University in Salem on Saturday, July 16. The entire stadium was cheering within the first few seconds as spectators witnessed how fast these two athletes were sprinting and roared as they crossed the finish line in a photo finish - tied at exactly 12.22 seconds! It was remarkable time for this event – and would turn out to be the fastest run by any athletes this season. This moment truly showcases our athletes’ talents, athleticism, and grit as they pushed each other to be their very best.
Congratulations to both Mason and Devon and to everyone who competed this season!
A huge thank you to our very own Local Program key volunteers Angela Schneider from Hermiston and Greg Nissl from Clackamas who supported the regional competitions by recruiting volunteers, organizing the logistics and overall competition support.

THANK YOU! 
Partner
Core Fitness

Plane Pull is a month away and we want to introduce you to our partner, Core Fitness, who will be running The Lift Off portion of Plane Pull. Jeremy Kaufmann, founder of Core Fitness, says that sports has played a huge role in his life since starting soccer at the age of three.

"I believe everyone should have the opportunity to be involved in sport."
- Jeremy K.

At Core Fitness, their vision is to create a community where everyone feels both welcome and included.
Core Fitness will be donating all the equipment, expertise, and volunteer power to run the first-ever Liftoff competition. We already have almost 10 Challengers signed up and are looking for 20 total!

Plane Pull

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Our Mission
Special Olympics Oregon provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children, youth and adults living with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.