Harrison Football 1Harrison Miller, from Clarksburg, WV, has been named 2017-2018 Special Olympics Male Athlete of the Year by The Big 12 Conference. 

Every year, The Big 12 will choose a male and female to award and honor who participate in statewide Special Olympics programs. This year, Harrison Miller, a participant of Special Olympics West Virginia, was one of the recipients chosen for the award. Harrison, along with his family, have been invited to The Big 12 Championship Football Game on December 2nd for an on-field presentation. 

Harrison has been participating in basketball, bowling, football and softball for the Special Olympics West Virginia program for nine years. In 2014, Harrison went on to compete in Special Olympics National Games, and represented Special Olympics West Virginia, bringing home the gold medal in bowling. Harrison has also won three State Championships in football, two in softball and two in basketball. He is also captain of his football and basketball teams. 

Harrison recently received The Harrison County Most Valuable Player of the 2017 State Basketball Championship, was named Athlete of the Year by the Special Olympics Harrison County Program, and the 2012 Harrison County Most Valuable Player of the Special Olympics West Virginia Summer Games Softball Tournament after hitting the game-winning home run. Harrison was also the first athlete to record a safety in Special Olympics West Virginia football history. 

In his spare time, Harrison enjoys assisting other athletes with intellectual disabilities with improving their sports skills. 

From all of us at Special Olympics West Virginia, we want to congratulate Harrison on his much-deserved recognition and honor. 

Please submit a copy of your photo ID for verification. Minor volunteers are asked to complete an additional Volunteer Release Form, which must be submitted by a legal parent/guardian. This may be obtained by contacting the state office. 

Special Olympics West Virginia (SOWV) announces the 2017 Fall Sports Festival is scheduled for October 28, to be held in Parkersburg. This one-day event will showcase the abilities of athletes from around the state as they compete in flag football, football skills, and volleyball.  Please note that the bowling competition is now a stand-alone event held later in the year, and is no longer included in this event.  If you are able to join us this year, please indicate your desire to volunteer by completing the Volunteer Schedule and Application.

I am sure you will agree that all reasonable steps should be taken to promote and ensure a safe environment to protect the well-being and safety of all participants; athletes, coaches, volunteers, staff and spectators. A policy is mandated by SOI and SOWV that requires all volunteers to complete an application with an attached copy of a photo ID. Information on your application may be used in case you are involved in an emergency while at a Special Olympics West Virginia event.

Minor volunteers are required to complete an additional Volunteer Release Form which must be submitted by a legal parent/guardian. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request this form. 

Upon receiving your completed schedule and application, your volunteer positions will be filled with consideration of your preferences. You will be sent a notification of your assigned schedule, including registration information, directions, etc. You will also be asked to show a form of identification upon registering at the event. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and a Volunteer Credential which is required to be worn at all times during the event. 

On behalf of the Special Olympics West Virginia staff and the 2017 Fall Sports Festival Management Team, THANK YOU for your support. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 

304-345-9310 or email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You are welcome to copy this invitation and the Volunteer Schedule/Application for dissemination. We look forward to working with you to provide a memorable experience for you and the Special Olympics West Virginia Athletes.

Volunteer Registration

Special Olympics West Virginia will be conducting five Polar Plunges in 2017.  Pick the one nearest you, or dare yourself to participate in all five and be among the truly elite plungers.  Regardless, you will enjoy the thrill and excitement that surround each of the events.

Each participant must raise a minimum of $50 for the privilege to plunge, and the more money participants raise the more prizes they receive.  The money generated from the Polar Plunges enables thousands of Special Olympics West Virginia athletes to have opportunities for year-round sports training and competition.  You may download the Pledge Form and Release Form below (all participants must sign a release, and if under age 18, the release must be signed by a parent or guardian).  We hope to see you at one of the following Polar Plunges where it promises to be a memorable adventure and offers you the chance to be Freezin' for a Reason!


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