Press Room

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.

In Washington State, we provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for more than 19,500 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.

Media Contact:
Jaymelina Esmele
Vice President of Marketing and Communications

2021 Press Releases

May 24, 2021 | Sign Up for the CommUNITY Challenge and Go the Extra Mile for Special Olympics Washington Athletes; New Virtual Event Will Raise Needed Funds for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Across the State

January 28, 2021 | Special Olympics Washington Hosts the Polar Plunge Challenge; Washington’s coolest winter tradition goes virtual; brings supporters together to “sign up, splash and share” in support of Special Olympics athletes across the state

2020 Press Releases

November 17, 2020 | Special Olympics Washington Names David Wu New President and CEO; Organization Also Announces Promotion of Mary K. Do to Chief Operating Officer

July 31, 2020 | Special Olympics Washington Hosts the 2020 Virtual Summer Games; First-time event brings athletes together virtually to “Connect and Compete”

January 2, 2020 | 2020 Special Olympics Washington Polar Plunge Events Make Big Splash Across the State with Stops in Tri-Cities, Wenatchee, Tacoma, Seattle and Anacortes

2017 Press Releases

Seattle Polar Plunge
Kennewick Polar Plunge

2016 Press Releases

Breakfast with Champions
Winter Games Release
USA Games Sports Team
Summer Games
Summer Sports Classic
Sounders Sendoff
Red Robin
Polar Plunge Tacoma
Polar Plunge Release
House Raffle Release
Turkey Bowl
Red Robin

2015 Press Releases

World Games Send Off
Winter Games 2015
Turkey Bowl
Summer Games
Summer Sports Classic
Polar Plunge Tacoma
Red Robin Polar Plunge
Over the Edge Spokane
House Raffle
Kenmore Bowling
House Raffle Talking Points
Seattle U Soccer
Breakfast with Champions

2014 Press Releases

Special Olympics Polar Plunge
SPORT Restaurant to Celebrate Athletes & Winter Games
Tacoma Polar Plunge
Winter Games 2014
House Raffle Early Bird Drawing #1
Unified Soccer Kickoff
2014 Breakfast with Champions!
Summer Games 2014
US National Games
Over the Edge Spokane
New CEO: Dave Lenox
Over the Edge Seattle
Red Robin Tip-A-Cop

2013 Press Releases

Special Olympics World Winter Games
Special Olympics World Winter Games Sendoff
World Winter Games Results
Special Olympics Polar Plunge Seattle
Special Olympics Polar Plunge Tacoma
Special Olympics Winter Games 2013
Special Olympics Seattle Unified Soccer Kickoff
Special Olympics Tacoma Unified Soccer Kickoff
Special Olympics South America Unified Soccer Invitational
Summer Games 2013
Krispy Kreme & Special Olympics
Over the Edge Spokane
Buffalo Wild Wings for Special Olympics
Run from the Cops Renton
Over the Edge Seattle
Run from the Cops
Red Robin Tip-a-Cop
Unified Basketball Kickoff