Britt Oase, Special Olympics Oregon’s new CEO, will be on hand to discuss updates with the program.

Town hall meetings are being held across the state in the wake of the nonprofit organization’s financial difficulties reported in the late spring. As a result, they canceled several events, training and activities, including the 2018 Summer Games. Oase will share her vision for Special Olympics’ future, as well as work done in the last three months to build a sustainable organization.

The local meeting — encompassing Special Olympics programs in Hermiston-Pendleton, Milton-Freewater, and Baker, Grant and Union counties — is Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 6-8 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 150 S.E. Emigrant Ave., Pendleton. Athletes, their families, coaches and supporters are encouraged to attend.

Special Olympics provides year-round athletic training and sports competitions for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There is no charge for athletes to participate. For more information about the local program, contact Kristi Smalley at 541-567-1546 or

For more about the meeting, contact, 503-248-0600 or visit

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