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Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.

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Latest News and Press Releases

Special Olympics and MetLife Foundation Announce International Partnership

April 27, 2017

MetLife announces a $1.5 million, three year international partnership to expand Special Olympics Young Athletes across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (“EMEA”).

Panama Makes Strong Commitment to Supporting Rights of People with Disabilities

April 22, 2017

As part of the III Latin American Games with the funding of the Inter-American Development Bank and the support of the Government of the Republic of Panama, Special Olympics Latin America held the International Sport for Development Forum on “Inclusive Strategies for Equity.”

Spectacular Ceremony Launches Official Countdown to Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

March 25, 2017

Closing Ceremony in Graz, Austria, celebrated the conclusion to this year’s Special Olympics World Winter Games and the start of the countdown to Abu Dhabi becoming the first Middle East host of a flagship global sports and humanitarian event.

Events Around the World

  • Jun 02 - Jun 04
    49th Annual Rhode Island State Summer Games
    Fri Jun 2 - Sun Jun 04, 2017
     
    Kingston
    Rhode Island
    USA

    49th Annual Rhode Island State Summer Games

    Fri Jun 2 - Sun Jun 04, 2017
     

    The State Summer Games will be held Friday, June 2nd, through Sunday June 4th at the University of Rhode Island. Over 1,500 athletes will be participating in sports over the course of this most anticipated weekend-long sporting event of the year! Sports that will be offered include: Track & Field, Swimming, Cycling, Bowling, Powerlifting, Soccer & Motor Activities Training Program.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    University of Rhode Island
    45 Upper College Road
    Kingston, Rhode Island
    USA
  • Jun 12 - Jun 14
    2017 Special Olympics Ontario School Championships
    Mon Jun 12 - Wed Jun 14, 2017
     
    3 venues
    Canada

    2017 Special Olympics Ontario School Championships

    Mon Jun 12 - Wed Jun 14, 2017
     

    The Special Olympics Ontario School Championships program provides quality sport competition for high school students aged 13-21 to participate in basketball, bocce, soccer, floor hockey and track & field. Over 800 athletes, coaches and staff will be in attendance. It will be taking place in the Niagara Region, Ontario.


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    Venue(s)
    Bock University
    1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
    St. Catharines, Ontario
    Canada
    Basketball, soccer and bocce competitions.
    Niagara Track Club
    130 Louth St.
    St. Catharines, Ontario
    Canada
    Track & Field Competitions.
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  • Jun 21 - Jun 23
    Special Olympics Slovakia 2017 National Games
    Wed Jun 21 - Fri Jun 23, 2017
     
    Samorin
    Slovakia
    Slovakia

    Special Olympics Slovakia 2017 National Games

    Wed Jun 21 - Fri Jun 23, 2017
     

    Our national games bring together athletes with intellectual disabilities of all ages and abilities. The events are open to the public, and we encourage everyone to come out and cheer. The athletes will compete in tennis, table tennis, swimming, volleyball, gymnastics, athletics and cycling.


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    Venue(s)
    Slovak Olympic Training Centre
    X-bionic sphere, Dubova 33
    Samorin, Slovakia
    Slovakia
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  • Jun
    23
    Markgraf Sport and Leadership Academy Unified Sports Day
    Fri Jun 23, 2017
    12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
    Milwaukee
    Wisconsin
    USA

    Markgraf Sport and Leadership Academy Unified Sports Day

    Fri Jun 23, 2017
    12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Markgraf Sport and Leadership Academy is a multifaceted camp for girls using soccer, theater, mindfulness, and yoga to stretch participants’ comfort zones and equip them with the tools to overcome challenges. MSLA’s goal is build empowered leaders who are allies to the greater community. Special Olympics Wisconsin has been offered the unique opportunity in which SOWI athletes will be placed on a MSLA camper’s team. The new unified team will compete in small-sided soccer games and track events. Registration: Because the age limit of the camp, we are restricting participation to athletes 8-14 only; Athletes must have valid medicals on file; There are only a limited number of spots and registration will close once we reach that limit.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    University School of Milwaukee
    2100 W Fairy Chasm Rd
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    USA
  • Jun 29 - Jul 02
    Special Olympics France 2017 National Summer Games
    Thu Jun 29 - Sun Jul 02, 2017
     
    Nantes
    France
    France

    Special Olympics France 2017 National Summer Games

    Thu Jun 29 - Sun Jul 02, 2017
     

    For four days, this event will bring together over 1000 athletes and coaches from all over France as well as 100 volunteers and a dozen partners. This major event will allow Special Olympics France athletes to participate in six sports (athletics, motorsports, judo, petanque, 7-a-side football and basketball ) and various discovery activities associating students and school children in the city. Healthy Athletes screenings will also be offered to athletes.


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    Venue(s)
    Sports Complex Mangin Beaulieu
    2 Rue Louis Joxe
    Nantes, France
    France
  • Jul 07 - Jul 09
    2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games
    Fri Jul 7 - Sun Jul 09, 2017
     
    5 venues
    Canada

    2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games

    Fri Jul 7 - Sun Jul 09, 2017
     

    The 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games is taking place in Medicine Hat from July 7 to 9. Medicine Hat will host the largest Provincial Summer Games with over 1,200 athletes and coaches from across the province. Athletes will compete in 11 summer sports: 5 and 10 pin bowling, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball and swimming.


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    Venue(s)
    Basketball, Bocce, Powerlifting, Soccer, Softball and Swimming
    Family Leisure Centre
    2000 Division Ave N.
    Medicine Hat, Alberta
    Canada
    5-pin Bowling and 10-pin Bowling
    Panorama Bowling Lanes
    820 FA Ave SW
    Medicine Hat, Alberta
    Canada
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  • Jul 10 - Jul 12
    Special Olympics Nordrhein-Westfalen Regional Games 2017
    Mon Jul 10 - Wed Jul 12, 2017
     
    44135 Dortmund
    Nordrhein-Westfalen
    Germany

    Special Olympics Nordrhein-Westfalen Regional Games 2017

    Mon Jul 10 - Wed Jul 12, 2017
     

    From the 10-12 July 2017, the Special Olympics Nordrhein-Westfalen Regional Games will be hosted in Neuss near the river Rhine. About 1000 athletes are expected to compete in 12 different of sports (athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, equestrian, football, golf, judo, roller skating, swimming, and table tennis). There will also be a big opening ceremony, 4 healthy athletes disciplines (Fit Feet, Health Promotion, Fun Fitness and Strong Minds) and MATP. It will be lots of fun! So, if you are nearby, come around and enjoy the games with us!


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Marc Becker
    Leuthardstraße 9
    44135 Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen
    Germany
  • Jul 10 - Jul 13
    Special Olympics Georgia Summer Games
    Mon Jul 10 - Thu Jul 13, 2017
     
    Atlanta
    Georgia
    USA

    Special Olympics Georgia Summer Games

    Mon Jul 10 - Thu Jul 13, 2017
     

    Join us July 10-13 in Atlanta, Georgia as athletes across the state compete in Athletics and Bocce competition.


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    Venue(s)
    Opening Ceremony and Athletics
    Sunset Stadium
    1122 Park Ave
    Atlanta, Georgia
    USA
  • Jul 13 - Jul 16
    2017 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Summer Games
    Thu Jul 13 - Sun Jul 16, 2017
     
    6 venues
    Canada

    2017 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Summer Games

    Thu Jul 13 - Sun Jul 16, 2017
     

    The Provincial Summer Games will feature athletics, soccer, softball, golf and bocce. With almost 800 athletes along with, coaches, staff and spectators, supported by over 600 community volunteers!


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    Venue(s)
    Terry Fox Stadium, Chinguacousy Park
    9050 Bramalea Road
    Brampton, Ontario
    Canada
    Athletics Competitions
    Century Gardens
    340 Vodden St. E
    Brampton, Ontario
    Canada
    Bocce Competitions
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  • Aug
    06
    Danang International Marathon 2017
    Sun Aug 06, 2017
    04:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Danang City
    Son Tra Dist
    Vietnam

    Danang International Marathon 2017

    Sun Aug 06, 2017
    04:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    There will be a Healthy Athletes Clinic happening at the Danang International Marathon in Biendong Park, Danang City, Vietnam on Sunday morning.


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    Venue(s)
    Bien Dong Park
    Vo Nguyen Giap Street
    Danang City, Son Tra Dist
    Vietnam
  • Aug
    07
    Garden State Unified Golf Classic
    Mon Aug 07, 2017
    09:30 AM - 06:00 PM
    Mount Laurel
    New Jersey
    USA

    Garden State Unified Golf Classic

    Mon Aug 07, 2017
    09:30 AM - 06:00 PM

    The Garden State Unified Golf Classic is an 18-hole golf tournament to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey. This inaugural event will benefit the over 25,000 Special Olympics New Jersey athletes who compete year-round in more than 260 competition events across 24 Olympic-type sports, as well as provide health programs, leadership opportunities and Unified programs–all completely free of charge. Our Special Olympics athletes will be playing alongside many of the golfers during the course of this tournament.

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    Venue(s)
    Laurel Creek Country Club
    701 Centerton Road
    Mount Laurel, New Jersey
    USA