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Handmade scarves donated as a result of the 2011 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project will be a symbol of unity, support, compassion and empowerment, as the Special Olympics athletes, coaches, families, volunteers and supporters wear them with pride in knowing they have become part of the Special Olympics family.

The idea for a scarf project resulted from an opportunity to provide a gift of welcome for the athletes of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Boise, Idaho. A call went out for 5,000 Red Heart delft blue & white scarves, and by Games time nearly 60,000 scarves had arrived from every state in the U.S. and from 12 countries around the world.

Special Olympics Idaho, then, carried on the tradition with their own state scarf project in 2010, and again the knitting and crocheting communities opened their hearts and put their needles and hooks to work. Over 2,100 Red Heart cherry red and grey heather scarves arrived from 48 states in just five weeks for the Idaho State Winter Games, and the celebration of unity began as they were presented to the athletes, coaches, families, volunteers and supporters during the Opening Ceremony – for all to wear throughout the Games.

Now in 2011, the Special Olympics USA Scarf Project is spreading its wings and going national! You can now choose any of the 33 participating Special Olympics Programs to support! Our goal is to give knitters and crocheters the power to select which Program they want to support and help create an unprecedented sense of unity, support and community for the athletes and the Special Olympics Movement as a whole.

For more information on official colors, deadlines and participating Special Olympics Programs, please visit

Here is a glimpse of what happened in 2009...


  • Feb 9, 2010
  • Learn more about the Special Olympics Scarf Project

    For more information and background on the Special Olympics Scarf Project, I encourage you to visit my blog at - there you can see photos, videos and I will be adding notes from the athletes as we get closer to the 2010 Winter Games in just 4 1/2 weeks!

    You can also become a fan of "Scarves for Special Olympics" on Facebook for the scoop!

    Thank you for your support!

  • Feb 2, 2010
  • Warm the hearts and fuel the spirit of Special Olympics athletes!

    In 2009, the Special Olympics World Winter Games invited knitters from around the USA and the world to create a special gift for the athletes of the World Games. The response was overwhelming with more than 55,000 hand knit scarves, and in the end created an incredible sense of welcome and well-wishes for the Special Olympics athletes, where the response and generosity is still spoken about today.

    With the 2010 Special Olympics Idaho Winter Games approaching in just five weeks, we are hoping to welcome the athletes here in our great state with a personal gift that inspires them to strive for their best in competition while sharing the spirit, kindness and respect of all communities.

    Let’s bring the scarves back!

    Our goal is to provide the gift of a hand knit scarf to each of the 650 athletes competing in the Idaho Winter Games as they arrive during the Opening Ceremony on March 12, 2010.
    Anyone is welcome to knit a scarf for the 2010 Special Olympics Idaho Winter Games, we just ask that you follow a few simple guidelines to help maintain consistency and uniformity across these gifts for the athletes.

    Design:  Any design or pattern is welcome.
    Colors:  Red Heart Super Saver Cherry Red and Red Heart Grey Heather
    Length:  Approximately 55 inches long
    Width:  Approximately 5 inches long

    All scarves must arrive by Tuesday, March 9, 2010.

    Please deliver or ship to:
    Special Olympics Idaho
    Attn: Scarf Project
    199 East 52nd Street
    Garden City, ID  83714

    Happy Knitting & Thank You for your support!