Ribbon-Cutting Celebration: Special Olympics arrives in Clovis

May 16, 2024 – In a landmark move set to bolster the spirit of inclusivity and community engagement, Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) is gearing up for a monumental occasion as it prepares to inaugurate its Central Valley Office in Clovis next week. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, slated for Tuesday, May 21 at 11 a.m., promises to be a momentous event, serving as a pillar of hope and progress for the region.

Situated at 1446 Tollhouse Road #102, Clovis, CA 93611, the new office is more than just a physical space; it represents a giant leap forward for Special Olympics in the heart of the Central Valley. With its doors set to open, Special Olympics Northern California aims to deepen its connections within the local community, reaching out to individuals with intellectual disabilities and forging stronger bonds.

Molly Marquez, Director of Development and Law Enforcement Torch Run at Special Olympics Northern California, emphasized the significance of this move, saying, “This is not merely about bricks and mortar; it’s about fostering understanding and acceptance. Clovis is not just a new location for us; it’s a testament to our unwavering commitment to serving every corner of our state.”

The inauguration ceremony will be a celebration of unity and camaraderie, as the Clovis Chamber of Commerce collaborates with Special Olympics Northern California for the ribbon-cutting event. Attendees can look forward to a warm reception, complete with light refreshments, and the chance to interact with Special Olympics athletes and staff

For Special Olympics Northern California, establishing a permanent presence in the Central Valley is a significant milestone in its mission to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities. With free year-round programs already impacting the lives of over 30,000 participants across 40+ counties, the Clovis office represents a strategic expansion to ensure inclusivity and accessibility for all.

Marquez further emphasized, “This office signifies more than just a physical space; it’s a sanctuary where dreams can thrive and barriers can be broken. We’re here to champion the inherent worth and potential of every individual, regardless of ability.”

Special Olympics Northern California stands as a beacon of hope for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Through its comprehensive array of sports, education, leadership, and health programs, the organization aims to enrich lives and promote a culture of acceptance.

In addition to its flagship training and competition initiatives, Special Olympics Northern California actively engages over 100,000 school-aged students through the Unified Champion Schools Program, fostering unity and respect within educational institutions. Moreover, the organization remains steadfast in its commitment to enhancing the overall well-being of individuals with intellectual disabilities through dedicated health programs and leadership training.

As the curtains rise on this new chapter, Special Olympics Northern California invites the town of Clovis to join hands in championing the cause of inclusivity and empowerment. For more information and updates, visit www.sonc.org and connect with SONC on various social media platforms.