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Nike Inspires Over 500 Athletes at 10th Special Olympics Oregon Youth Games

On September 24, 2016, Nike welcomed over 500 athletes for the 10th anniversary of the Special Olympics Oregon Youth Games, a one-day event which, since its inception in 2007, has served more than 4,500 kids from across the state.

This year, athletes Scout Bassett, Sarah Reinertsen, Jordan Hasay, David Boudia, Karlee Miller and Galen Rupp, along with legendary coach Alberto Salazar, joined 400 Nike employee volunteers to inspire participants and help introduce young athletes with intellectual disabilities to the basics of a popular sport.

Additionally, Nike honored the anniversary with a $200,000 donation to Special Olympics Oregon to develop Unified Champion Schools and equip students with the tools and training to create sport, classroom and school cultures of acceptance and inclusion. 

Learn more here.

Iris Tervo (12) and U.S. Paralympic track sprinter Scout Bassett
Polina Bondarchuk (12) and Olympic medalist David Boudia
American paratriathlete Sarah Reinertsen with Karlee Miller, who is training for the 2020 Paralympic Games

About Special Olympics Oregon

Special Olympics Oregon serves children, youth and adults with intellectual disabilities — the largest disability population in the state—through year-round programs that provide participants the opportunity to develop physical fitness though sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports, receive regular health education and screenings, enjoy ongoing mentoring from trained volunteers, access family networking and advocacy resources, and increase their overall quality of life in school, at home and in their communities. Special Olympics participants demonstrate courage, experience joy and are able to participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship. Their positive spirit, determination to succeed and innate human decency makes them powerful ambassadors for greatness. For more information, visit and follow @SOORstate.

About Nike Community Impact

Nike believes in the power of sport to move the world and unleash human potential. However, the world is moving less and less, and today's generation of children is the least physically active ever. That’s why Nike works to get kids (ages 7-12) active early and for life, because active kids are happier, healthier and more successful. Together with its employees, partners, consumers and athletes, Nike also supports important causes that strengthen communities across the globe. Learn more.