About Us ~ Who We Are

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Special Olympics International Inc. ~ Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation for the Benefit of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.


 SOIn Tippe’s Goal

… with this web site is to provide up-to-date information on Special Olympics IN Tippecanoe County activities. In addition, we hope to have other resources and links available as these may be obtained.  If there are items/topics not found on the web site or you have questions, please contact the county coordinators or the web-page-modifier. Special Olympics IN Tippecanoe County is part of Area 4 (Larry Ratcliff, Area Director) within Special Olympics Indiana (SOIn).  Other Area 4 counties are Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Parke, Putnam, Vermillion, Warren, White. For additional Indiana Area programs, see SOIn’s Area Programs web page: http://soindiana.org/area-directors/


Check the Resources page of our website for additional resource links connected to Special Olympics and beyond — locally and otherwise!  You will be glad you did!!

** SPECIALS to check out >> PETE’s PALs Spring 2017 on the Resources page of our website — midway under “Local”. **solinelogo

     Donating to SOIn Tippe!!!

We are funded solely through private donations and fundraising events.  Thank you Greater Lafayette Area and beyond for your support – past, present, & future! Contributions of any form, very much appreciated – thank you, are fully tax-deductible and can be mailed to (no on-line posting as yet):

     Special Olympics Indiana Tippecanoe County
     P.O. Box 4801
     Lafayette, IN  47903-4801

Polar Plunge 2018 
~ West Lafayette IN – check it out! >> https://www.firstgiving.com/soindiana/plunge-westlafayette-2018!! The plunge takes place February 17-2018! THNX for all the great support! See you for the 2018 Polar Plunge! 

Join the local plunge team as a plunger OR virtual plunger to raise funds and support towards Special Olympics — state-wide and locally!!  THNX!

  Thank you to all who support SOIn Tippe!!!

«» … through monetary contributions and all fashions of fundraisers or participation in some form or other ~ many special THANKS!!!  And for all those folk who become SOIn Tippe sponsors through ‘Sponsor-an-Athlete’ or in other special ways! … in particular Wabash National Corporation, Lafayette IN through its annual charity golf outing raising thousands of dollars in 2014 for several local charities in the Greater Lafayette area + the local Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #347, who have been such a huge support over several years and continue to do so.  Lafayette Masonry Supply Inc. is a big fan of Special Olympics through the employment within their business of a SOIn Tippe athlete – THNX for the great support!logo_wabash

Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #347, LAF IN

Fundraising is on-going with not-for-profit groups such as your local Special Olympics … SO … keep watching for upcoming fundraisers & other events — car washes, eating at your favorite restaurant, dances, & more!  IF you have ideas for fundraisers you might wish to share with us, SOIn Tippe will not turn such offers down!!  Thank you!

Unified Relay – Indiana – torch run towards the opening of the World Games in Los Angeles is coming through Indianapolis.  Help the torch bearers by supporting their walk/run in this Unified Relay Across America!  http://soindiana.org/ then click on “Register” then “Register Now”.

>> This Torch Run was great!  Check out the pics from the Unified Relay Northern Route here @ http://unifiedrelay.smugmug.com/North-Route/June-11-Indianapolis-IN/ search for Indianapolis, June 11.  Lots of scrolling, but Tippecanoe County is found — pic set #14 of 25! Enjoy!!


** RIP ~ Bob Scott of the J&C, Lafayette IN (1948-2015) A very good friend to Special Olympics & other associated organizations for the intellectually disabled/challenged. We thank Bob ever so much for the special support and remember him very fondly.  He will be missed but with happy memories!


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