Keep in mind that Special Olympics Ohio is a fishing vessel, not a cruise ship…so we do need your help, as everyone on a fishing vessel contributes. Please, DO NOT KEEP your athlete’s participation in Special Olympics a secret. It may be uncomfortable to brag about athlete’s accomplishments; however, consider utilizing social media, be proud of their involvement and most of all, help to fill the stands. Our athletes want to perform, but more importantly, they want to perform for a large crowd of spectators. It provides that rush of performance adrenaline…the excitement and nervousness which turns into energy and enthusiasm to perform their sport at their absolute best!!

The theme is simple. Fill the Stands. Spread the message of Special Olympics. In return, will everyone in attendance be treated to the athletes and team very best performance? Yes, every time…without exception.

The Vision and Mission for Special Olympics Ohio is:

To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympics-type sports for 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 friendship with their FAMILIES, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

We are putting this newsletter together on a quarterly basis and send out to Local Coordinators for distribution along with posting it on our website so that all have access. We as a Special Olympics Ohio staff hope this aids in general communication to our athlete’s biggest fans: their families and friends!!

Coming Soon

First Quarter State-Level Events…Special Olympics Ohio Winter Games, February 7th and 8th at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Kent State University Ice Arena. Team Basketball and Basketball Individual Skills State Finals will make a return to Tuscarawas County (Dover HS & MS, New Philadelphia HS, Central Catholic HS, and Strasburg HS), March 23rd and 24th. Please come out and help FILL THE STANDS at one or all of these events!!!

Let’s Get Social – Fostering Community

Special Olympics Ohio is on various social Media platforms and we want to make sure that you know all about them:

Tell Us Your Story!

Here’s a new way to share your stories with the Special Olympics Ohio community! With 26,000 athletes across Ohio and thousands of volunteers, SOOH has plenty of stories to tell – and we want to help you share them!

We understand the importance and power of a single story and we want to help you share how Special Olympics Ohio has impacted your life. So we are asking YOU—athletes, volunteers, coaches, fans, etc., to share your story with us for the chance to be featured on our website and social media! We will feature a new story regularly. If your story is not featured right away, don’t worry, we will keep it on hand for future use!

If you have a story to tell, share it with us by emailing it to Be sure to send a couple of photos too! We look forward to reading your stories!