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Special Olympics

Sports events and activities that are appropriate to the age and ability of each athlete.


Special Olympics is an international movement which, through year-round sports training and competition in the Olympic tradition, gives people with mental retardation the chance to strengthen their character, develop their physical skills, display their talents and fulfill their human potential.


Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with mental retardation can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, adapted as necessary to meet the needs of those with special mental and/or physical limitations.


* More than a million children and adults with mental retardation have participated in Special Olympics programs worldwide since its founding in 1968.

* Volunteers organize and run local Special Olympics activities. Currently, there are over 500,000 volunteers of all ages. These volunteers serve as coaches, game officials, drivers, "huggers," etc., in support of Special Olympics athletes.

* The sports training available to Special Olympics athletes is conducted by over 100,000 qualified coaches.

* Special Olympics programs take place in 25,000 communities within the framework of 53 Chapters (states and territories) in the United States alone. Internationally, Special Olympics programs are established in nearly 80 countries.


To provide the most enjoyable, beneficial and challenging activities for athletes with mental retardation, Special Olympics, worldwide, operates in accordance with the following principles and beliefs:

* That every Special Olympics program includes sports events and activities that are most appropriate to the age and ability of each athlete, from motor activities to the most advanced competition.

* That, to the greatest extent possible, Special Olympics activities will be run by and involve local volunteers, from school and college age to senior citizens, in order to create greater opportunities for public understanding of and participation with people with mental retardation.

* That, although Special Olympics is primarily and essentially a program of sports training and competition, efforts are made to offer, as an integral part of Special Olympics Games, a full range of artistic, social and cultural experiences, such as dances, art exhibits, concerts, visits to historic sites, clinics, theatrical and motion picture performances, and similar activities.

* That the families of Special Olympics athletes are encouraged to play an active role in their community Special Olympics program, to share in the training of their athletes and to assist in the public education efforts needed to create greater understanding of the emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs of people with mental retardation and their families.

* That Special Olympics activities take place in public, with full coverage by the media, so that athletes with mental retardation may reveal to the world those special qualities of the human spirit in which they excel--skill, courage, sharing and joy.


Special Olympics contributes to the physical, social and psychological development of people with mental retardation. Through successful experiences in sports, the athletes gain confidence and build a positive self-image which carries over into the classroom, the home and the community.

In addition, involvement in Special Olympics strengthens families, causing a richer appreciation of talents and greater support between the Special Olympics athlete, siblings and parents. And the community at large--through observation and participation--is united in understanding people with mental retardation in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance. Ronnie Floyd ALABAMA Special Olympics 560 South McDonough Montgomery, Ala. 36130 (205) 242-3383/4496 Doug Ferry ALASKA Special Olympics 6901 E. Tudor Anchorage Alaska 99507 (907) 333-7006 Randi Williams ARIZONA Special Olympics 1525 West University, Suite 102 Tempe, Ariz. 85281 (602) 967-4762 Bobby Doyle ARKANSAS Special Olympics 1123 South University, Suite 1017 Little Rock, Ark. 72204 (501) 666-0423 John C. Braune CALIFORNIA Special Olympics 501 Colorado, Suite 200 Santa Monica, Calif. 90401 (213) 451-1162 Carrie Nolan COLORADO Special Olympics 1400 S. Colorado Blvd. Denver, Colo. 80222 (303) 691-3339 Peter Wheeler CONNECTICUT Special Olympics 98 West Main St. Plainville, Conn. 06062 (203) 747-5338 Ann Grunert DELAWARE Special Olympics Hudson Center 501 Ogletown Rd., Rm 123 Newark, Del. 19711 (302) 368-6818 Stephen Hocker DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Special Olympics 220 I St., NE, Suite 280 Washington, D.C. 20002 (202) 544-7770 Ken Magee FLORIDA Special Olympics 2639 N. Monroe St., #151A Tallahassee, Fla. 32303 (904) 385-8178 Don Crawford GEORGIA Special Olympics 3166 Chestnut Dr. Connector, Ste. 120 Atlanta, Ga. 30340 (404) 458-3838 Nancy Bottelo HAWAII Special Olympics P.O. Box 3295 Honolulu, Hawaii 96801 (808) 955-2606 Mary Therese MacConnell IDAHO Special Olympics 8426 Fairview Ave. Boise, Idaho 83704 (208) 323-0482 Douglas Snyder ILLINOIS Special Olympics 605 East Willow Normal, Ill. 61761 (309) 888-2551 Dennis Schmidt INDIANA Special Olympics 5648 W. 74th St., P.O.Box 78010 Indianapolis, Ind. 46278 (317) 328-2000 Bob Ligouri IOWA Special Olympics 4921 Douglas, Suite #1 Des Moines, Iowa 50310 (515) 278-2513 Chris Hahn KANSAS Special Olympics 5830 Woodson, #106 Mission, Kan. 66202 (913) 236-9290 Dave Kerchner KENTUCKY Special Olympics 214 West Main St. Frankfort, Ky. 40601 (502) 227-7296 Emmanuel Bourgeois LOUISIANA Special Olympics 200 Southwest Railroad Ave. Hammond, La. 70403 (504) 345-6644 Mickey Boutilier MAINE Special Olympics 28 School St. Gorham, Maine 04038 (207) 839-6030 Marlene Patterson MARYLAND Special Olympics 5020 Campbell Blvd., Suite F Baltimore, Md. 21236 (301) 931-4100 Roger W. Brown MASSACHUSETTS Special Olympics P.O. Box 303 Hathorne, Mass. 01937 (508) 774-1501 John Walsh MICHIGAN Special Olympics Central Michigan University Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 48859 (517) 774-3911 Dennis Brueggemann MINNESOTA Special Olympics 625 Fourth Ave. S., #1430 Minneapolis, Minn. 55415 (612) 333-0999 Randall Anastasio MISSISSIPPI Special Olympics Southern Station, Box 5174 Hattiesburg, Miss. 39406-5174 (601) 264-7295 Chuck Smith MISSOURI Special Olympics 1907 William St. Jefferson City, Mo. 65109 (314) 635-1660 Don Byers MONTANA Special Olympics 3300 Third St., NE Great Falls, Mont. 59404 (406) 791-2368 Margaret Lageschulte NEBRASKA Special Olympics 428 Keeline Building 319 S. 17th St. Omaha, Neb. 68102 (402) 345-5414 Marv Karnofsky NEVADA Special Olympics 1135 Terminal Way Financial Plaza, Suite 203 Reno, Nev. 89502 (702) 786-8222 Michael Quinn NEW HAMPSHIRE Special Olympics 10 Ferry St., #311 Concord, N.H. 03301 (603) 226-2676 Michael Higgins NEW JERSEY Special Olympics 242 New Brunswick Rd Piscataway, N.J. 08854 (201) 562-1500 Barry L. Smink NEW MEXICO Special Olympics 2403 San Mateo Blvd., N.E., Ste. W-10 Albuquerque, N.M. 87110 (505) 883-5525 Anthony A. Adamo NEW YORK Special Olympics 500 Balltown Rd. Schenectady, N.Y. 12304 (518) 370-4816 David Lenox NORTH CAROLINA Special Olympics P.O. Box 30191 Raleigh, N.C. 27622 (919) 787-6714 Kathy Meagher NORTH DAKOTA Special Olympics 2616 South 26th St. Grand Forks, N.D. 58201 (701) 746-0331 Bob Rickard OHIO Special Olympics 3303 Winchester Pike Columbus, Ohio 43232 (614) 239-7050 Terry Kerr OKLAHOMA Special Olympics 1860 E. 15th St. Tulsa, Okla. 74104 (918) 747-9535 Ken Dale OREGON Special Olympics 3325 N.W. Yeon Ave. Portland, Ore. 97210 (503) 248-0600 Bill Parise PENNSYLVANIA Special Olympics 124 Washington Sq. 2570 Boulevard of the Generals Norristown, Pa. 19403 (215) 630-9450 Carol Nagle RHODE ISLAND Special Olympics 100 Jefferson Blvd. Warwick, R.I. 02888 (401) 463-5560 Pete Lampman SOUTH CAROLINA Special Olympics 3710 Landmark Dr., #114 Columbia, S.C. 29204 (803) 782-5313 Debbie Voigt SOUTH DAKOTA Special Olympics CDD, Julian Offices, 414 E. Clark Vermillion, S.D. 57069 (605) 677-5318 Alan Bolick TENNESSEE Special Olympics George Peabody College Campus Box 39 Nashville, Tenn. 37203 (615) 322-8292 Denis Poulos TEXAS Special Olympics 11442 North Interstate 35 Austin, Texas 78753 (512) 835-9873 Sheral Schowe UTAH Special Olympics 9192 South 300, West Suite 3 Sandy, Utah 84070 (801) 561-4653 Jim Murphy VERMONT Special Olympics 5 Ave. D P.O. Box 1055 Williston, Vt. 05495 (802) 863-5222 Virginia Foster VIRGINIA Special Olympics 100 West Franklin St. Suite 400 Richmond, Va. 23220 (804) 644-0071 Linda Reppond WASHINGTON Special Olympics 2150 N. 107th, Suite 220 Seattle, Wash. 98133 (206) 362-4949 Terry Stone WEST VIRGINIA Special Olympics P.O. Box 3115 Parkersburg, W.Va. 26103 (304) 422-1868 Dennis Alldridge WISCONSIN Special Olympics 5301 Monona Dr. Madison, Wis. 53716 (608) 222-1324 Julie Gillett WYOMING Special Olympics P.O. Box 9208 341 East E St., #180 Casper, Wyo. 82609 (307) 235-3062


J. Taloai Ho Ching AMERIAN SAMOA Special Olympics P.O. Box 1538 Pago Pago, American Samoa 97600 (684) 639-9866 Selino Castro GUAM Special Olympics P.O. Box 171 Agana, Guam 96910 (671) 646-8396 (671) 646-1416 Mark Vinzant VIRGIN ISLANDS Special Olympics P.O. Box 2671 Kingshill St. Croix, VI 00850 (809) 773-2323 Ext. 278
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Title Annotation:includes executive directors of U.S. chapters
Publication:The Exceptional Parent
Date:Mar 1, 1990
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