Thank you to everyone who participated in and supported the recent 2020 Special Olympics Oregon Fall Virtual Games presented by Providence Health & Services. This was a great chance for athletes and coaches to get creative, get connected and once again train and compete. We are also proud of everyone who is staying active and engaged in on-going virtual health, fitness and wellness programs offered through the SOOR Active Facebook platform which has more than 1,000 members and growing!

We look forward to building upon the success of our first ever virtual sports season by offering the 2021 Special Olympics Oregon Winter Virtual Games which will feature athletics, basketball, fitness as sport and Esports. Registration is open now and the season starts in late January 2021 and will run through April 2, 2021.  
Learn more about
Winter Virtual Games
and how you can get involved
Mark Hanken
Chief Operating Officer
Special Olympics Oregon
Volunteer Spotlight
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make 2020 the best it could be.
SOOR Active Volunteers
Esports Volunteers
Local Program Management Team
Local Program Coaches
Fall Virtual Games Coaches
Oregon Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR)
Sports Key Volunteers and Officials
Event Volunteers
Board of Directors
Unified Champion Schools
Young Professionals Council
Athlete Input Council
"My son and I are grateful for being able to make new friends, new memories, and new skills."
- Nona Hartwell
"I am thankful for SOOR active for giving me structure in my life and a chance to meet new people."
- Rachel Parsons
"I’m thankful for SOOR for giving me the opportunity to work out with a daily schedule."
- Jenny Hill
"I need to send a huge shout out to SOOR Active! Without your daily, weekly, monthly challenges I wouldn’t have been able to keep Hailey active during this pandemic! Between diet and exercise, Hailey has lost almost 24lbs in six months!"
- Cynthia Danford
Donate Monthly: Support athletes by making a monthly gift from your checking account
End of year giving: Remember SOOR when you make end of year contributions
Planned Giving: Include SOOR in your will and estate plans
Facebook Birthday Fundraiser: Ask friends and family to give to SOOR in honor of your special day - 100% of donations go to SOOR
Create Your Own Fundraiser: Host a virtual dinner party or book club – have guests register and donate the proceeds to Special Olympics Oregon
Amazon Smile: When making purchases, please do so through Amazon Smile and select Special Olympics Oregon as your nonprofit – we will receive a percentage of your purchases as a donation
Tax Refund: Special Olympics Oregon is a nonprofit that taxpayers can forward their tax refunds to
Company Matching: Does your company match donations? We have a program that can look this up for you and get you easily set up!
Give Stocks, Bonds, or Mutual Funds: Transfer ownership of securities and receive a charitable deduction!
Shop for SOOR Gear: A portion of the proceeds for our SOOR Store benefit the organization 

As the year draws to a close, and in support of our gracious donors, here are some tax-smart, high-impact strategies to consider as you plan your giving:

  • If you itemize deductions, giving appreciated non-cash assets — such as stocks, exchange traded funds, and mutual funds held more than a year — may offer additional tax savings compared to cash donations.
  • Though Required Minimum Distributions are waived for most donors this year, an IRA qualified charitable distribution is still a great way to make a meaningful gift directly to a charity, especially if you don’t itemize deductions.

And don’t forget special incentives for charitable giving under the CARES Act!

  • Donors who take a standard deduction can claim an above-the-line deduction of up to $300 per household for a cash contribution to Special Olympics Oregon.
  • Donors who itemize deductions can deduct up to 100% of their adjusted gross income for cash donations to Special Olympics Oregon, and deduction amounts above this limit may be carried over for up to five years.
Our Mission
Special Olympics Oregon provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children, youth and adults living with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.