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The Special Olympics Oath

“Let me win,
but if I cannot win,
let me be brave in the attempt.”


Regional Director- Northeast Ohio
Libby Schafer

Regional Director- Northwest Ohio
Angela Luke

Regional Director- Southwest Ohio
Debi Williams

Regional Director- South/Central Ohio
Andrea Headley

Senior Director of Field Operations
Jeff Vermillion


  • State Winter Games (Cleveland/Akron Area)

  • State Basketball Tournament (Venue varies)

  • State Summer Games (Columbus)

  • State Equestrian Competition (Cincinnati)

  • State Softball Tournament (Oregon)

  • State Golf Competition (Cincinnati)

  • State Team Bowling Tournament (Columbus)

  • State Flag Football (London)

  • State Swim Meet (Columbus)

  • Alpine Skiing

  • Cross-Country Skiing

  • Basketball

  • Bocce Ball

  • Bowling

  • Cycling

  • Equestrian

  • Figure Skating

  • Gymnastics (rhythmic and artistic)

  • Flag Football

  • Golf

  • Powerlifting

  • Roller Skating

  • Soccer

  • Softball

  • Speed Skating

  • Swimming

  • Tennis

  • Track and Field

  • Volleyball

Sports offered


Special Olympics and AMVETS

Special Olympics is an organization dedicated to increasing physical fitness opportunities for for children and adults with intellectual disabilities through sports training and athletic competitions. Through Special Olympics programs, intellectu-ally disabled individuals acquire a more positive self-image, which is carried over to their participation in community life.

AMVETS participates with the Ohio Special Olympics unified team bowling training and bowling competition for the intellectually disabled. Bowling is an excellent exercise and bowling facilities are accessible throughout the year in most communities. Start your Special Olympics program now. The State Chair will be more than happy to assist you in your endeavors.


The concept of Special Olympics began in the early 1960s when Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for people with intellectual disabilities. The first national meet was held at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1968 for 1,000 athletes from the United States and Canada. Shortly thereafter, Ohio began a Special Olympics program under the name of the Ohio Athletic Association. Special Olympics Ohio became incorporated in 1975.


Today, Special Olympics Inc. is the world’s largest provider of fitness training, education, and athletic competition — coupled with social, life, and leadership skill development opportunities — for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


Special Olympics is a worldwide movement of more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. With competitions around the world, daily training sessions and family leaders, athlete leaders and volunteers extending our message every day, Special Olympics is no longer just an event. We are a movement, inviting the world not only to attend Games but to think, feel and act differently about everything.


2019 Special Olympics Bowling.

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