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Young Athletes: Community Programs

Young Athletes is an innovative sports play program that introduces children ages two to seven years old, with and without intellectual disabilities to the world of sports. We believe there is no better way to bring these young athletes into the Special Olympics family than through a program like Young Athletes—fostering inclusion in a [...]

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SOfit Resources – Social Wellness

Active Listening Hygiene Personality Types Appropriate Internet and Social Media Perception Healthy Active Lifestyle Healthy Social Skills Internet Safety Mindfulness - Being Present Relationships in Our Lives Volunteering

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Unified Sports School Invitationals

The National Federation of State High School Associations supports Unified Sports, as do many state high school leagues, Disney, ESPN and many other world-wide youth friendly organizations. Unified Sports is growing in many schools across the country, and Special Olympics Minnesota hopes your school is next to join this inclusive movement!Unified Sports School [...]

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Special Smiles

Special Smiles is one of the core components of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes initiative, created to focus attention on the overall health issues facing Special Olympics athletes. The mission of Special Smiles is to increase access to dental care for Special Olympics athletes, as well as all people with intellectual disabilities. Dental [...]

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Opening Eyes

The mission of Special Olympics - Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes is to improve the quality of life for the millions of individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities by optimizing their vision, eye health and visual skills through quality eye care. Objectives of Opening Eyes includes providing screenings to Special Olympic Minnesota athletes, educating athletes, parents [...]

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MedFest

MedFest is a Special Olympics Healthy Athletes screening program that facilitates the required standard sports physical examination for current and prospective Special Olympics athletes. The Special Olympics General Rules require that all athletes who want to participate in Special Olympics must be examined by a physician or trained medical professional who completes the "medical certification" [...]

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Healthy Athletes

The mission of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes, developed in 1996, is to improve athletes' ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. Healthy Athletes is designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness, leading to enhanced sports experience and improved well-being. During a Healthy Athletes event, Special Olympics athletes receive [...]

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Jobs & Internships

We aren't hiring right now, but we'd still love to see you! Check out these great ways you can get involved with SOMN. Volunteer at an event Become a coach Become an athlete Become a Unified Partner Internships Program description [...]

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Staff & Board

President/CEO David Dorn david.dorn@somn.org | 763.270.7130 Amy Albrecht | Operations & Logistics Associate amy.albrecht@somn.org | 763.270.7126 Erik Anderson | Receptionist erik.anderson@somn.org | 612.333.0999 Nell Coonen-Korte | Receptionist nell.coonen-korte@somn.org | 612.333.0999 Melissa Holmes | Vice President of Finance melissa.holmes@somn.org | 763.270.7129 Lou Ann Kelly | Executive Assistant louann.kelly@somn.org | 763.270.7139 Nancy Paradeise | Database Manager nancy.paradeise@somn.org | 763.270.7124 Abby Pearson | Receptionist abby.pearson@somn.org | 612.333.0999 Ashley [...]

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Law Enforcement Torch Run

Law enforcement officers and their public safety counterparts have raised considerable funds for Special Olympics Minnesota over the years. More importantly, they continue to raise awareness and acceptance of persons with intellectual disabilities across Minnesota. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special [...]

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Sponsors & Partners

Sponsor a state or area competition and directly impact our 8,200+ athletes! Your company can sponsor a team at one of our annual Polar Plunges! We're always looking for volunteers to join us at over 200 statewide events! Special Olympics Minnesota (SOMN) tailors its sponsorship packages to create brand [...]

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Area 13

Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey (partial) & Washington counties Volunteer Opportunities Local Delegation Volunteers Coaches and local delegation management volunteers are always needed to help run our program. Training is available. Find an area 13 team Resources SPORTS OFFERED Poly Hockey (Nov.- Feb.) Alpine Skiing (Dec.- Mar.) Snowboarding (Dec.- [...]

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Area 12

Dakota, Ramsey (partial) & Scott counties Volunteer Opportunities Area Management Volunteers Help plan, set up and run competitions in the St. Paul area. The St. Paul area falls into Special Olympics Minnesota’s Area 12. The Area Sports Management Team typically meets prior to competitions and plays an integral role in the day-of [...]

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Area 11

Carver & Hennepin counties Volunteer Opportunities We are currently looking for a few good folks to join us on the Area Sports Management Team (ASMT). The ASMT typically meets prior to each competition and is an integral part of the day-of responsibilities at the competition. Current position: Equipment Coordinator Pick up and [...]

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Area 10

Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha & Winona counties Volunteer Opportunities Looking to get involved in your community? A great way to do so would be to fill a local Special Olympics Minnesota volunteer position. Special Olympics Minnesota provides sports training and competition opportunities to individuals of all [...]

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Area 9

Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca & Watonwan counties Volunteer Opportunities Looking to get involved in your community? A great way to do so would be to fill a local Special Olympics Minnesota volunteer position. Special Olympics Minnesota provides sports training and competition opportunities to individuals of all [...]

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Area 8

Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood & Rock counties Volunteer Opportunities VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Looking to get involved in your community? A great way to do so would be to fill a local Special Olympics Minnesota volunteer position. Special Olympics Minnesota provides sports training and competition opportunities to individuals of all [...]

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Area 7

Benton, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Sherburne, Stearns & Wright counties Volunteer Opportunities Local Delegation Volunteers Coaches and local delegation management volunteers are always needed to help run our program! Training is available. Find an area 7 team Resources SPORTS OFFERED Poly Hockey (Nov.- Feb.) Alpine Skiing (Dec.- Mar.) [...]

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Area 6

Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, McLeod, Meeker, Renville, Swift & Yellow Medicine counties Volunteer Opportunities Looking to get involved in your community? A great way to do so would be to fill a local Special Olympics Minnesota volunteer position. Special Olympics Minnesota provides sports training and competition opportunities to individuals of [...]

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Area 5

Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd & Wadena counties Volunteer Opportunities Many of our local delegations are in need of volunteers as coaches! Find an area 5 team Resources SPORTS OFFERED Basketball (Jan.- Mar.) Unified Basketball (Jan.- Mar.) Swimming (Jan.- Mar.) Athletics (Apr.- June) Equestrian (June- Aug.) Flag [...]

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Area 4

Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse & Wilkin counties Volunteer Opportunities Area Sports Management Team Volunteer to help run competitions in your area! Management volunteers are needed to organize, set up and run events in the Alexandria, Moorhead and Fergus Falls communities. No experience is necessary; training is [...]

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Area 3

Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine & St. Louis counties Volunteer Opportunities Financial Coordinator Area 3 is looking for a responsible individual to oversee the finances for this area. The duties of this position are to develop, implement and monitor the area budget along with the Area Sports Coordinator. Coaches Many [...]

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Area 2

Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard & Lake of the Woods counties Volunteer Opportunities Area Sports Management Team Volunteer to help run competitions in your area! Management volunteers are needed to organize, set up and run events in the Bemidji area. No experience is necessary; training is available. Events include track and field, bowling, swimming [...]

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Coaches

Coaches are role models and character builders. Coaches give Special Olympics athletes the most immediate awareness of their own worth, ability, courage and capacity to grow and improve. Are you new to Special Olympics Minnesota? If you're interested in being a coach and have not been in contact with a delegation or [...]

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Area 1

Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake & Roseau counties Upcoming Events Volunteer Opportunities Many of our local delegations need coaches! Find an area 1 team Resources Sports offered Basketball (Jan.- Mar.) Swimming (Jan.- Mar.) Athletics (Apr.- June) Bocce (June- Aug.) Bowling (Sept.- [...]

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Areas, Delegations & Teams

Special Olympics Minnesota (SOMN) is divided into 13 Area programs. Each Area is managed by a volunteer committee with guidance from a SOMN program staff member and serves athletes in its assigned counties. Within each area, there are delegations that are divided into teams which are community-, organization-, school- or independent-based. [...]

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About

Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, a world in which every single person is accepted and welcomed regardless of ability or disability. We are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place—one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at [...]

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Athletes

"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." - Athlete Oath Through Special Olympics Minnesota (SOMN) programming, more than 8,200 people with intellectual disabilities showcase their skills to their peers, their communities and the world. In braving their attempts, they gain new experiences and become confident and empowered [...]

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Get Involved

Get involved as an ATHLETE “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” – Athlete Oath Get involved as a COACH Coaches give athletes the most immediate awareness of their capacity to improve. Get involved as an EVENT VOLUNTEER Make a difference in the lives [...]

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Home

Through Special Olympics' athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world. The Unified Movement offers athletic and leadership programs for everyone. Make a difference in an athlete’s life and experience the joy of Special Olympics! End the use of the [...]

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