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Special Olympics Oregon

by David Gillaspie

originally posted on oregonsportsnews.com

During a recent twenty-four hours, ESPN Sports Radio 1080 The Fan focused on Oregon Special Olympics. The Primetime team of Isaac and Big Suke broadcasted a radiothon of ‘Athletes For Athletes.’ 

How big are the Special Olympics and Special Olympics Oregon?

The first Special Olympics Games were held in Chicago’s Soldier Field in 1968. They drew over a thousand athletes from America and Canada.

Currently, Special Olympics Oregon serves ‘close to 8,000’ athletes, and growing, out of 70,000 people with intellectual disabilities.

Sports have a way of changing numbers. Read the rest of this entry

Oregon Ladies Get Their Letter

HISTORY NEVER FORGETS

Oregon's Jordan Hasay

An athletic record book includes nearly every accomplishment in sports, unless you were an early female competitor.

Times have changed between Babe Didrikson Zaharias  and Mariel Zagunis

Althea Gibson set the table for the Williams sisters in professional tennis.  BeckySisley did the same for the ladies competing at the University of Oregon.

Now the Oregon Ducks welcome the pioneers of women’s athletics, more than 250 women from 13 sports.  Their historical contributions will be forever safeguarded.

Gender equality plays a bigger role in sports, and outside of sports.  The best way to celebrate accomplishments in the face of adversity is creating context. 

Oregon women didn’t have enough uniforms for everyone and had to share.  They couldn’t play on the same fields as the men.  They weren’t offered scholarships.

But they still played, and University of Oregon women, athletes or not, are all better because of them.

SPORT CITY

Soccer Division

You know a sport has deep roots when one city carries an MLS team, a college national champion, and rec leagues full of anxious coaches.

Something big happens when ex-football players introduce their kids to athletics through soccer.

Roots are strong when pro players stay after their league folds, and stronger yet when they coach the University of Portland to the top spot.

Vision and planning help a sport blossom.

In the Oregon History Museum’s special greenhouse, Soccer City thrives.