Talking Solutions

Sundays 6:30am - 7:00am

The Special Olympics Nevada is a local nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals in our community who have intellectual disabilities.

The organization helps children and adults through sports, athlete health, education and leadership. They do this with free year-round training and annual competitions in a variety of sports. Including basketball, bowling, swimming, golf, flag football and more. There are 7 sports annually and 14 competitions.

Special Olympics Nevada typically impacts over 21,000 students each year. They do this through their programs that promote inclusion on school campuses. Each year, the organization invites athletes without intellectual disabilities to play as teammates with the Special Olympics athletes.

Special Olympics Nevada is also committed to improving the overall well-being and health of their athletes.

They offer screenings and services free of charge. These include eye and ear screenings and dental health. SONV’s Healthy Athletes Program makes sure their athletes are able to perform their best, both on and off the field.

2023 Las Vegas Plunge

This year, the Special Olympics Nevada is hosting their 2023 Las Vegas Plunge at Cowabunga Bay water park in Henderson. The event serves to raise funds for the organization to keep serving the community. The event will be held on April 8 and the community is invited to attend.

Registration begins at 9:00am with a hype crew and DJ on site to get people in the plunging spirit. Then there is a Duck Derby where SONV encourages participants to adopt a duck and watch it race to the finish line in the Lazy River.

Allyce Pierson, Director of Development for Special Olympics Nevada was a guest on Talking Solutions. She called in to give details about the upcoming events and explain why it’s so important for the community to get involved. Allyce also elaborated on the organization’s programs and on how the community can get involved through volunteer work. The original air date of this podcast was March 19, 2023.

To sign up for the event, visit