COVID won’t pour cold water on Polar Bear Plunge, as 2021 event goes virtual

REHOBOTH BEACH — This year, there will be no mass of humanity along the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk and shoreline on Super Bowl Sunday. Precautionary measures in effect during COVID-19’s resurgence have thrust the 30th edition of Special Olympics Delaware’s Lewes Polar Bear Plunge into the virtual world. And this year, through alternative efforts to raise […]

Dover woman shines at Special Olympics World Games

DOVER — Patricia Pecora has been competing in Special Olympics for 13 years in the sports of swimming, basketball and soccer. But her main goal has always been competing at the World Games, seizing the moment if the opportunity ever presented itself. She finally got her chance as a swimmer at the 2019 Special Olympics […]

Special Olympics Delaware reacts to proposed federal funding cuts

DOVER — Facing a proposed $17.6 million cut in 2020 federal funding, Special Olympics International will promote its value in the coming weeks. The First State could be drastically affected too. Special Olympics Delaware has existed since 1971, with sports training and competition in 20 sports involving more than 4,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities. The […]

DE Turf marks one-year anniversary, hosts Special Olympics clinic

FREDERICA — Approximately 100 Special Olympics athletes from three local schools gathered at the DE Turf Sports Complex Thursday morning for a sports training clinic. The athletes, representing Kent County Community School in Dover, the John S. Charlton Program School in Camden and the Howard T. Ennis School in Georgetown, showcased their skills by competing […]

Polar power propels Plunge for Special Olympics

REHOBOTH BEACH — Cindy Atkinson says the annual Lewes Polar Bear Plunge is an event that leaves its brave — or crazy — participants with cold feet, but an unmistakable warm feeling in their hearts. Ms. Atkinson created the Smyrna Plunging Peers in 2015, when the behavioral support specialist in the Smyrna School District was […]

Community sends support to special teen

Photos by: Special to the Delaware State News /Doug Curran Editor’s note: April Gray Bradford has posted on Facebook that Ryan Bradford has passed away.  DOVER — The 80 miles that separate Dover’s Legislative Mall and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia were no match for the love that a gathering of more than 100 friends […]