Special Olympics Arizona Cheer Team Takes Gold at USA Games in Orlando

Special Olympics Arizona’s Cheer Team took home the gold medal in competitive cheer at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.  This was the first year that the USA Games featured competitive cheer as an event, and the Arizona cheer team now has the distinguished honor of being the first team to earn the gold medal.  […]

A 2nd Act: Abilities, Not Disabilities

Pursuing a life of good works from a wheelchair is an inspiring second act. Creating a second second act from a wheelchair is above and beyond. But then, Jamie Heckerman is an above-and-beyond kind of woman. She was born with spina bifida, a rare birth defect affecting the development of the spine. Her first surgery […]

The DICK’s Sporting Goods Foundation Invests in Special Olympics Arizona Athletes

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation donated more than $140,000 worth of much-needed softball equipment, benefitting more than 600 Special Olympics Arizona athletes during its 2021 Spring Sports Matter Giving Tour. As part of the southern U.S. tour, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation’s Sports Matter Giving Truck delivered equipment to staff and athletes at the SOAZ […]

Flagstaff Chef Wins Food Network Show, Donates Winnings to Special Olympics Arizona

Flagstaff Chef John Conley, owner of Salsa Brava and Fat Olives restaurants, appeared on an episode of Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games” on Dec. 30. He won the contest, and gave the funds to Special Olympics Arizona.  The premise of the episode had Guy Fieri bringing together three “OG” Diners, Drive-ins and Dives chefs to […]

Special Olympics Arizona Launches Digital Platform in Wake of Canceled Competitions

With competitions canceled through May 31 due to Covid-19, Special Olympics Arizona has launched a new way to connect with athletes. SOAZconnected is a new digital platform that connects Special Olympics Arizona’s athletes, coaches, volunteers, partners and supporters. SOAZconnected, which launched on April 6, is a virtual strategy created to promote and support the physical, […]

Two Special Olympics Arizona Athletes Honored At White House

The White House last week welcomed 20 members of the Special Olympics delegation, including two from Special Olympics Arizona, to congratulate and recognize them for their accomplishments at the recently held Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.   The group was part of the 315-member team that represented the United States, competing in 18 of […]