Author: Liza Reed

Celebrating Acts of Inclusion

Her vision changed us. Her legacy is changing the world! On July 20, Special Olympics will observe Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day to celebrate her life and achievements. This date marks the anniversary of the first ever Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field in Chicago, and the transformational moment when Mrs. Shriver, the founder of the… Read more »

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Honored at ESPY Awards

One of the most emotional moments at the 2017 ESPYs was when former first lady Michelle Obama honored the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Shriver founded the Special Olympics in 1968 and the organization now stands as the world’s largest sports organization serving 5.3 million athletes with intellectual disabilities in 170 countries. The ESPY… Read more »

2016 Annual Report

The Special Olympics mission is as relevant today as it was when it was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver almost 50 years ago. Visit the 2016 Special Olympics Vermont Annual Report to learn about our athletes’ accomplishments and the amazing work our community has done in one year to promote inclusion.   2016 Annual Report

Athletes Prepare for Summer Games

Meet three of the nearly 600 athletes who will compete in the 2017 Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games! If you know an athlete who would like to be featured, please contact Liza Reed. Josh Holsopple Josh is a 29 year old athlete with the Special Olympics Vermont Chittenden program who competes in alpine skiing, soccer,… Read more »

VT School Awarded National Recognition

Special Olympics and a national panel of leaders in education have developed ten standards of excellence for Unified Champion Schools. When these standards are met by a school, it is eligible to be a nationally recognized Banner Unified Champion School. Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans is one of the first schools in the country… Read more »

Special Olympics Vermont President & CEO Announces Retirement

Special Olympics Vermont President & CEO, Lisa DeNatale has announced her retirement effective December 1, 2017.  For the past six years, DeNatale has led the state-wide non-profit organization that provides inclusive sports training and competition opportunities to children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities.  Vermont is an accredited program of Special Olympics, Inc. which globally reaches 4.5… Read more »

2018-2020 Winter Games Announcement

Special Olympics Vermont is excited to announce a new partnership with Killington Pico Ski Resorts, LLC for Winter Games 2018-2020. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information about this transition. Winter Games 2018-2020 FAQ Where and when are the 2018 Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games? Special Olympics Vermont is excited to announce… Read more »

World Games Reflection

By Mike White, Special Olympics Vermont coach with the Bennington program ____________________ The World Winter Games 2017 recently concluded.  Held in several locations in Austria, the competition ran from March 17-24 and featured over 2,700 athletes from 110 countries competing in nine sports.  With these figures it’s not surprising it was the largest sporting event… Read more »

Vermont Delegation Represents at World Games

A delegation of Special Olympics Vermont representatives will travel to Austria this month to take part in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Every two years, the world transcends the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion to come together for the Special Olympics World Games. Alternating between summer and winter… Read more »