Aquatics

Special Olympics aquatics and swimming is popular world wide. Stay up to date with aquatics news, events and competition results on this page. You'll find links to coaching resources, too. It's all here.


00x200 Unified Sports Aquatics

Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics aquatics.  View the Aquatics Fact Sheet

Swimming is one of the most popular sports in world. Unlike other sports, swimming is a life skill that is taught, first, to ensure safety and, secondly, for sports and competition purposes. Aquatics covers a great variety of swimming skills, from short sprints to longer events and relays. And the Aquatics coaching guide (below) gives coaches advice and approaches to successfully coach swimmers of all abilities, from strong, fast competitors to swimmers who find it hard to swim at all.

Partnership with the Michael Phelps Foundation
Special Olympics has a partnership with the Michael Phelps Foundation and has appointed the international swimming legend as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador. The Michael Phelps Foundation will expand its signature “IM” with Special Olympics that will bring water safety, recreational aquatic activities, and health, wellness and goal-setting instruction to Special Olympic athletes across the world.


Aquatics Stories and News


ربيع الأول 18, 1414 | Europe Eurasia: Hellas (Greece)

Living and playing unified in Attica

By Joanna Despotopoulou

Special Olympics Hellas athletes receive certificates of appreciation for their participation in the Mainstream Schools National Games.

There was amazing energy and excitement in Attica 22-23 February 2014 as young people from Athens met up with Special Olympics Hellas athletes in so-called Mainstream Schools National Games in Aquatics.View Story There was amazing energy and excitement in Attica 22-23 February 2014 as young people from Athens met up with Special Olympics Hellas athletes in so-called Mainstream Schools National Games in Aquatics. The Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs included, for the first time, Special Olympics athletes in Mainstream Schools National Games in Aquatics. The result was a celebration of youth activation that gathered youth together so they could all proclaim “Ime Mesa!” (I’m in!). The President of Special Olympics Hellas, Mrs Joanna Despotopoulou, concluded the day’s events by thanking all those involved, saying “When we play and live unified we create a society where everyone is respected and valued, regardless of their abilities.” At the closing, Mrs Despotopoulou was joined by the President of the Hellenic Federation of Aquatics, Mr Diathesopoulos Dimitrios, to present Certificates of Appreciation to all Special Olympics Hellas athletes.

About Joanna Despotopoulou:Joanna Despotopoulou is president of Special Olympics Hellas.
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ربيع الأول 18, 1414 | Europe Eurasia: Spain

Coach Unified Sports

By Manel Celeiro

I have been involved in Special Olympics competitions for years, I’m a football and aquatics coach for athletes with ID. Working with them is a privilege.View Story I have been involved in Special Olympics competitions for years, I’m a football and aquatics coach for athletes with ID. Working with them is a privilege. I can blend my two passions in: sports and being a coach, by guiding, helping and managing to increase my athletes’ habilites. And never forgetting that they are a group of people who are constantly teaching you values, principles and experiences. With them, it’s always about new emotions, feelings and realities. Besides, this year I have gone one step forward and I have trained a Unified Football team: I have trained athletes with and without ID and witnessed the relationships, complicities and mutual help that have been established among them. They support each other, they understand each other and they communicate with each other, which works in favour of the integration of athletes with ID within the group and the society, in an environment of equality. The results of the competition are not that important, but should someone ask, we got a silver medal.

About Manel Celeiro:I have been involved in Special Olympics competitions for years, I’m a football and aquatics coach for athletes with ID. Working with them is a privilege.
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رمضان 20, 1412 | North America: Virginia

يا لها من لحظة

By Will Schermerhorn

تنتظر روز زميلتها في فريق التتابع للمس الحائط.

I was poolside in Puerto Rico, taking photos while watching swimmers striving, racing, succeeding, getting excited and showing disappointment. It was a mix of emotions for the swimmers, but no so muchView Story كنت بجانب المسبح في بويرتو ريكو، آخذ بعض الصور أثناء مشاهدة السباحين و هم يكافحون و يتسابقون وآخرين يربحون و يفرحون، و آخرين يشعرون بالإحباط. لقد كان مزيجا من المشاعر للسباحين، لكنه لم يكن شيئا بالشيء الكثير بالنسبة إلي، لقد كنت مهتما بتفاصيل التأطير و الزوايا في تلك اللحظة. لكنني عندما رأيت رياضية الأولمبياد الخاص بفيرجينيا روز بليسكو متموضعة على مكعبات البدء، تنتظر زميلتها في فريق التتابع لتلمس الحائط، بدأت عيناي تؤلمانني و شعرت عندها بطفرة عاطفية.و قد كانت وميلتها في فريق التتابع أمها، سوزان. و ظننت أنه فقط في الأولمبياد الخاص يمكن لفريق يتكون من ابنة و أمها التباري في فعاليات الألعاب المائية الدولية،لقد كانتا جد منشغلتين، و هما تسبحان بحزم كالجلاميد، مستخدمتين كل ما أوتيتا من قوة من ذراعيهما و رجليهما و رئتيهما، و كانتا تفعلان كل ذلك كفريق واحد. و في الواقع هناك شيء رائع حول هذا. إنها تسمى "الرياضة المتحدة"، و هي مبادرة في الأولمبياد الخاص للجمع بين الأشخاص الذين يعانون من إعاقات ذهنية مع غيرهم. و قليل هم الناس الذين لديهم نفس الإحساس الذي تملكه الأم اتجاه صغارها، و عليه فأفترض أن روز و سوزان تشكلان فريقا طبيعيا.و مع ذلك... يا لها من لحظة.

About Will Schermerhorn:أنا مصورة فوتوغرافية و مديرة إنتاج في الأولمبياد الخاص. ابني مايسن هو أحد الأبطال الرياضيين بالأولمبياد الخاص.
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جمادى الثانية 26, 1435

Northwest Region Aquatics Tournament

Join Special Olympics Washington on April 26th at Marysville Pilchuck High School Pool in Marysville, Washington as athletes from the Northwest Region compete in the annual Aquatics Tournament!
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Madison Goverde
Email:mgoverde@sowa.org
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Marysville Pilchuck High School Pool
5611 108th St NE

Marysville, Washington
UNITED STATES

رجب 2 - 3 2014

Summer Games - Wyoming

We are busily planning the 2014 Special Olympics Wyoming Summer Games, and hope that you’ll be able to join us on 1-3 May at Laramie Rec Center. Over 600 athletes and partners from around the state will be competing in aquatics, athletics, basketball and powerlifting. Don't miss out on experiencing the power of sport.
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Laramie Rec Center
920 Boulder Dr.

Laramie, Wyoming
UNITED STATES

رجب 3 - 3 2014

East Region Spring Games

Join Special Olympics Washington-East Region on May 2-3 at Eastern Washington University to play along at this fabulous two day event! Featuring sports as varied as swimming and powerlifting. It's sure to be a great time for athletes, volunteers and spectators alike.
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Jill Ives
Email:jives@sowa.org
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Eastern Washington University
Cheney, Washington
UNITED STATES

رجب 09, 1435

Inter-Institutional Swimming Tournament

Special Olympic Paraguay´s athletes will participate in an Inter-Institutional Swimming Tournament with athletes from other institutions of the city. The event will take place in the Pool of the Sports Club from Puerto Sajonia.
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Club Deportivo de Puerto SajoniaAsunción
PARAGUAY

رجب 10 - 10 2014

South Carolina State Summer Games

Join Special Olympics South Carolina on March 9th - 10th as over a 1,000 athletes, coaches and unified partners will come together for 2 days of competition in 6 sports in the city of Columbia. Athletes will compete in athletics, badminton, gymnastics, masters bocce, powerlifting, softball, swimming and under 21 bowling.
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Kelly Garrick
Email:kgarrick@so-sc.org
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Ft. Jackson
Columbia, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

رجب 14 - 16 2014

2014 Montana State Summer Games

Centered at Rocky Mountain College, with special events at the Metra and competition across Billings and the surrounding area – including local bowling, aquatics, kayaking, cycling, track and field and golf venues. The competition unfolds in a swell of intensity and joy. Athletes work hard to get to the Games. Following eight weeks of rigorous training, they are ready to demonstrate their skill in intense competition. They will not disappoint!
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Donna Diaz
Email:ddiaz@somt.org
Phone: 406-315-4207
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Rocky Mountain College
1511 Poly Dr.

Billings, Montana
UNITED STATES

رجب 16 - 17 2014

State Summer Games - South Dakota

Please join us in the celebration of our largest annual competition! Athletes will compete in Aquatics, Athletics, Powerlifting, Soccer Skills, Team Soccer and Volleyball.
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Campus of Black Hills State University
Spearfish, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

رجب 16 - 17 2014

South Dakota State Summer Games

Join Special Olympics South Dakota on 15-17 May at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota as athletes from around the state compete in 3 days of athletic competition. Athletes will be competing in the following sports: Volleyball, Soccer, Aquatics, Powerlifting and Athletics. Hope to see you there!
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Mistie Caldwell
Email:director@visitspearfish.com
Phone:605-717-9294
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Black Hills State University
1200 University Blvd

Spearfish, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

رجب 17, 1435

State Summer Games - Tennesse

The 2014 State Summer Games will be held May 16th and 17th in Nashville, TN. Over 2500 athletes, coaches, volunteers, and family members will attend the two day event. Athletes will compete in seven sports (Aquatics, Athletics, Bocce, Unified Bocce, Powerlifting, Tennis, and Unified Volleyball).
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Meg Takahashi
Phone:615-329-1375
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Lipscomb University and Centennial Sportsplex
Nashville, Tennesse
UNITED STATES

رجب 23 - 24 2014

Iowa State Summer Games

Join us on May 22-24 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa as our athletes from across state compete in soccer, cycling, tennis, track and field, swimming, and developmental events. It's sure to be great time. Hope to see you there. For more information use the contact information below.
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Michelle Haney
Email:mhaney@soiowa.org
Phone:515-986-5520
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Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
UNITED STATES

رجب 30 - 31 2014

2014 Michigan State Summer Games

Join more than 2,600 Special Olympics athletes and 3,400 coaches, volunteers, chaperons, family members, volunteers and spectators at the 2014 Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games. Opening Ceremonies are Thursday, May 29 with the Games running through Saturday, May 31. Ten types of competition are offered at the State Summer Games each year, including aquatics, athletics, bocce, bowling, gymnastics, horseshoes, powerlifting, weightlifting, volleyball, developmental athletics and motor activities training program. Athletes compete in State Summer Games after qualifying at local competitions throughout the year.
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Aaron Mills
Email:aaron.mills@somi.org
Phone:(989) 774-4393
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Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

شعبان 1 - شعبان 3 2014

Georgia State Summer Games

More than 1,800 Special Olympics athletes, Unified Partners and coaches from around the state will descend on Emory University to compete in Aquatics, Athletics, Soccer, Badminton, Volleyball, Tennis, Gymnastics, and Table Tennis with over 600 coaches to guide them in competition. The games are free and open to the public.
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Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia
UNITED STATES

شعبان 1 - شعبان 3 2014

Special Olympics Washington 2014 Summer Games

Summer games is the culmination of the Summer season as nearly 2,800 Special Olympics Athletes compete over three days at the 2014 Summer Games on Joint Base Lewis McChord, May 30-June 1. Athletes participate in swimming, soccer, track & field, powerlifting and cycling, reminding us all that at Special Olympics , it's about celebrating the ability and the belief that everyone competes, everyone plays and sport's has no boundaries.
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Eva Levingrub
Email:Elevingrub@sowa.org
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Joint Base Lewis McChord
Ft. Lewis, Washington
UNITED STATES

شعبان 1 - شعبان 3 2014

Hawaii State Summer Games

Over 1,000 Athletes and Coaches from throughout the state of Hawaii will participate in our Summer Games at the University of Hawaii and Central Oahu Regional Park. Athletes began training in February and are competing in Area and Regional competitions from the end of March through the beginning of May in preparation for the Summer Games. Competition will be held in Powerlifting, Softball, Swimming and Track and Field. The Special Olympics Hawaii Summer Games have been held continuously since 1968.
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University of Hawaii and Central Oahu Regional Park
Hilo, Hawaii
UNITED STATES

شعبان 1 - شعبان 3 2014

State Summer Games - New Hamshire

Join us on Thursday, May 29-May 31 as we get ready for the 45th State Summer Games at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics (Track & Field), bocce, and equestrian events. We had over 950 athletes compete last year and look forward to even more.
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Amy Petrie
Email:AmyP@sonh.org
Phone:603-624-1250
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University of New Hampshire
105 Main St

Durham, New Hampshire
UNITED STATES

شعبان 1 - شعبان 3 2014

Special Olympics North Carolina State Competition

Join Special Olympics North Carolina May 30th through June 1st in Raleigh and Cary for two days of state-level competition in aquatics, athletics, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball and volleyball. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Various Locations in Raleigh & Cary
Various Cities, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

شعبان 8 - 7 2014

Virginia Summer Games

Summer Games, our largest competition, is nothing short of legendary thanks to overwhelming support from thousands of local volunteers who brave the summer heat to assist Special Olympics Virginia athletes each June. Athletes come from all corners of the state to compete in swimming, softball, track & field, bowling and tennis.This event also features our annual Healthy Athletes expo, as well as fan filled stands, thanks to our Volunteer to Cheer program! Stay tuned to www.volunteer2cheer.com for cheering opportunities closer to the event date.
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Gray Miller
Email:gmiller@specialolympicsva.org
Phone:804-612-1608
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University of Richmond and Surrounding venues
Richmond, Virginia
UNITED STATES

شعبان 8 - 8 2014

2014 Special Olympics Summer Games Invitational

Please join Special Olympics California as athletes compete in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, and gymnastics. The Games will be held June 6-8, 2014 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Along with competitions, the Summer Games will feature free health screenings, a Young Athletes Demonstration, games, live music, and an athlete dance. Bring your family and friends to cheer on and support our athletes. See you there!
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University of Southern California
850 W 37th Street

Los Angeles, California
UNITED STATES

شعبان 8 - 8 2014

Summer Games

Join Special Olympics Maryland June 6-8 at Towson University in Towson, Maryland as athletes from all over the state compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, cheerleading, softball and tennis. We hope to see you there!
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Mike Czarnowsky
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515 ext 124
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Towson University
8000 York Rd

Towson, Maryland
UNITED STATES

شعبان 10, 1435

K3 Cicero Youth Triathlon

Youth Triathlon including pool swim, bicycle ride through residential area, and run inside park.
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TJ Tryon
Email:tj@coachtj.com
Phone:3177748762
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Red Bridge Park and Marina
1187 Morse Landing Drive

Cicero, Indiana
UNITED STATES

شعبان 14 - 15 2014

2014 Special Olympics Ireland Games

1,500 Special Olympics athletes from the 4 corners of Ireland will paricipate in 14 sports competitions that will inlcude aquatics, athletics, basketball, kayaking, gymnastics, MATP, football, golf, bocce, ptich n putt, bowling, table tennis, badminton and equestrian. Competition will be held in various venues through Limerick and the surrounding areas.
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Various venues
Limerick, Munster
IRELAND

شعبان 15 - 21 2014

2014 USA National Games

The USA National Games be centered in and around Princeton and the Greater Mercer County area. Venues will include Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, and Mercer County Park. The New Jersey Devils have offered The Prudential Center as the venue for the Opening Ceremonies. The National Games will feature nearly 3,500 athletes competing in 14 Olympic-style sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 8,000 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 family, friends and spectators. Non-competitive special events will include the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run™ that will symbolize the start of the competition and Healthy Athletes, a place where the athletes can get vital health screenings. Youth and education events will also be held in conjunction with the Games as young leaders rally around making change for the better of the Special Olympics movement and promoting acceptance of those with intellectual disabilities.
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Greg Epperson
Email:gepperson@specialolympics.org
Phone:919-785-0700
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Several Locations - New Jersey
Princeton, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

رمضان 11 - 12 2014

2014 Canada National Summer Games

The Special Olympics Canada Summer Games will feature 11 sports, making the 2014 Games the largest Canadian Games ever. It is anticipated that over 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials will be part of the 2014 Games, in addition to over 1,000 Event volunteers, who will help to make this an outstanding and truly memorable experience for everyone involved.
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University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
CANADA

شوال 22, 1435

Special Olympics Thailand National Games

Athletes across Thailand will gather in Korat to compete in the following eight sports: athletics, bocce (including Unified), basketball, badminton, cricket, football (Male & Female, Unified), swimming and table tennis (including Unified).
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Rachaniwan Bulakul
Email:solympicsthai@gmail.com
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Chalerm Phrakiat 80 Pansa Stadium
Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima
THAILAND

ذو القعدة 14 - 21 2014

2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games

In September 2014 more than 2,000 athletes from 58 countries will come to Antwerp, Belgium for the 2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games and enjoy 13 days full of joy and friendship. The athletes will compete in 11 sports and be invited to join 5 supporting programs.
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Special Olympics European Games 2014
Email:info@so2014.com
Phone:+32 3 220 25 00
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Various locations, AntwerpAntwerp
BELGIUM

ذو الحجة 16 - 12 2014

Special Olympics Bangladesh National Games

Special Olympics Bangladesh’s National Games will welcome an estimated 800 athletes and 100 Unified Sports® partners across Bangladesh. Ten sports will be played: athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, cricket, football, handball, swimming, table tennis and volleyball. The three day event will be held across different venues: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Army Stadium, National Indoor Stadium & Swimming pool and the Bangladesh Sports Education Institute (BKSP).
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Faruqul Islam
Email:sobangla@gmail.com
Phone:+880 1819 259844
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Bangabandhu National Stadium & other venuesDhaka
BANGLADESH

ذو الحجة 26, 1435

Special Olympics National Games 2014 Melbourne

The 10th Special Olympics Australia National Games will involve more than 1,200 athletes of all levels competing in 16 Olympic and demonstration sports and events. These Games offer the opportunity for athletes to be selected to represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015. For the majority of competitors, the National Games in Melbourne represents the culmination of four years of competing at local, regional and state level. Competing in the same world-class venues as their Olympic heroes, our Special Olympics athletes will perform in front of their proud parents, friends, supporters and the wider community. Athletes of all abilities will compete in 16 Olympic style sports including AFL and netball as demonstration sports across iconic sporting venues in Melbourne. Other special events include: Healthy Athletes Program, Young Athlete Program (2–7 year old), Athlete Leadership & Ambassador Program, Family Functions Social Outing, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Opening and Closing Ceremonies
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Robyn Cooper
Email:robync@specialolympics.com.au
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Lakeside Stadium & various venuesMelbourne
AUSTRALIA

محرم 8 - 3 2014

Special Olympics Nippon National Summer Games Fukuoka 2014

Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
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Sayaka Sonobe
Email:tokyo_office@son.or.jp
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu
JAPAN

شوال 8 - شوال 17 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

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2013 Asia Pacific Games

Athletes from 30 Asia Pacific and East Asia regions compete in the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. Get schedules and results.


World Aquatics Invitational 2012

The first Special Olympics World Aquatics Invitational took place in September in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This was the most important sports event in the Special Olympics competition calendar during the second half of 2012.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


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