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This page draws together athletics-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics athletics.  View the Athletics Fact Sheet

The sport of athletics encourages athletes of all abilities and ages to compete at their optimum level. Through the track-and-field-based athletics training program, participants can develop total fitness to compete in any sport. As with all Special Olympics sports, athletics offers athletes the opportunity to learn through skill development and competitive settings and to be involved in large social settings.

Athletics Stories and News

三月 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Spain

Athlete, Unified Sports

By José Martínez Morote

My name is José Martínez Morote, I’m 29 years old, I work as a hinges and handles assembler, and I am a Special Olympics athlete.View Story My name is José Martínez Morote, I’m 29 years old, I work as a hinges and handles assembler, and in my spare time I am taking a maintenance course. I’m a Special Olympics athlete: football and athletics. I compete in FECAM, “Federación de Deportes para Personas con Discapacidad Intelectual de Castilla-La Mancha” (Castilla-La Mancha Sports Federation for People with ID). I have been in several clubs before, until I decided to stay in Club Deportivo San Ginés, as my friends and colleagues play and compete there. This year I have participated in a Unified Football-7 competition (3rd edition) for the first time. I participated together with my teammates in Albacete, where we got the silver medal in Level II.

About José Martínez Morote:My name is José Martínez Morote. I work as a hinges and handles assembler, and in my spare time I am taking a maintenance course. I’m an athlete: football and athletics.
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三月 18, 2014 | North America: Massachusetts

Unified Track: Breaking Down Barriers, Together

By David Albertini

David Albertini, a Unified Sports partner in Massachusetts.

David Albertini, a Unified Sports partner, said, "Having unified track at our school last year was really fun -- it was amazing to see all of the athletes at Lunenburg High School running on the same track. While we may be all of different speeds and skill levels, we were all athletes."View Story Having unified track at our school last year was really fun -- it was amazing to see all of the athletes at Lunenburg High School running on the same track. While we may be all of different speeds and skill levels, we were all athletes and we were all looking to compete. There were no labels on anyone except for their lane numbers. This is something anyone would appreciate, runner or not. I have to admit that I was uncertain as to how this whole thing would work out, but after the first practice I realized we had a lot more in common that I thought. We were all athletes and wanted to get better and win. At the final meet at the end of the season with all the unified track teams, it was hot out and on an artificial turf surface, but it was so much fun to see every person on that track trying their best. There is something to be said about people who try their best and are proud of it. I think a lot of misconceptions and barriers came down during that meet.

About David Albertini :Starting senior year at Lunbenburg High School, Massachusetts, looking back on my first experiences with the power of Unified Sports.
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九月 19, 2012 | North America: District of Columbia


By Rafael Pacheco



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当我进入华盛顿特区圣克莱塔学校的篮球馆的时候,我不知道我将面对什么。我只知道我将在那里参加特殊奥运会联合篮球联赛。我的经历永远地改变了我对于智力障碍人群的看法。当我和我自己的联合运动队比赛的时候,我会同样体会到我在过去感受到的感觉,感情和队员情谊。在这场比赛中, 我们队在下半场的时候从落后20分慢慢扳回比分。在还有10秒比赛结束的时候,双方仍然平手,而且由另一队控球。 看台上的观众在大声高喊。一瞬间,我们抢球成功,把球传给了我们的一名队员,但他犯规了。他走到罚球线,第一球没有投中,垂头丧气。我走过去,告诉他“你成功了!”然后我听到“seishhh,人群攒动起来,他们冲到了球场上。我将永记那个转变的瞬间!关于拉菲尔 帕切科我在华盛顿居住,为特殊奥运会工作。

About Rafael Pacheco:我在华盛顿居住,为特殊奥运会工作。
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Athletics Events




六月 5 - 7 2015

2015 Maryland Summer Games

Join us 5-7 June 2015 at Towson University in Towson, Maryland as our athletes compete in 3 days of exciting summer sports competition. Events will include: Aquatics – traditional individual events and team relays, Unified team relays; Athletics – traditional and Unified track, mini-javelin, high jump, long jump, pentathlon, softball throw, shot put, standing long jump, tennis ball throw; Bocce – singles, doubles, Unified doubles; Cheerleading – traditional and Unified team competition; Softball – traditional team competition, Unified team competition, individual skills competition. For schedule details please refer to the link, below.
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Mike Czarnowsky
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Towson University
8000 York Ave

Towson, Maryland

六月 12 - 14 2015

Illinois Summer Games

Summer Games is Special Olympics Illinois premiere sports competition with more than 4,000 athletes and Unified Partners competing in 6 different sports, along with 1,600 coaches, 2,500 volunteers and 3,300 family members. That totals more than 11,400 people who attend Summer Games! The Summer Games are held at Illinois State University in Normal and the Illinois Wesleyan University campus in Bloomington. A variety of activities are provided for the participants in addition to the sports competitions. Competition will be offered in athletics, aquatics, bocce, Unified bocce, gymnastics, football (soccer) and powerlifting. The public is invited and encouraged to attend any and all parts of Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games. Hope to see you there!
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David Shindley
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ISU & IWU Campus
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois

七月 24 - 八月 2 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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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California

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Athletics/Track and Field Competitions

2014 European Summer Games

The Special Olympics European Summer Games featured 10 sports and 58 delegations, making the 2014 Games one of the largest ever. See stories and results

2014 Canada Summer Games

The Special Olympics 2014 Canada Summer Games was the largest Canadian Games ever. See results and teams.

2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.

2014 Southern California Summer Invitational Games

Special Olympics athletes from Southern California and from around the world compete in Los Angeles.

2013 Asia Pacific Games

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.

How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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