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Athletics

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.


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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


November 13, 2014 | North America: Pennsylvania

How I Became a Marathon Runner

By Ernie Roundtree

I was told that I can't do that because of my asthma and my disabilities I wouldn't survive. When I was 16 I started competing in track and field in Special Olympics in high school. Special Olympics Pennsylvania taught me to believe in myself.View Story When I was a kid my dream was to run in a marathon. It all started watching the new York marathon on tv and I told my biological family that one of these years I want to run the marathon. I was told that I can't do that because of my asthma and my disabilities I wouldn't survive. When I was 16 I started competing in track and field in Special Olympics in high school. Special Olympics Pennsylvania taught me to believe in myself and my coach Gigi told me, "Ernie, you can do anything you want if you put your mind to it." On 2014 of January I ran my first marathon at Disney World and finished at the time of 6 hours 24 minutes and 25 seconds. I was so amazed at what I accomplished. On May 18 2014 I completed it on my second marathon, finishing with the time of 5 hours 31 minutes and 28 seconds. I would like to thank Special Olympics Pennsylvania and my coach Gigi for teaching me to have faith in myself and I could do anything I can do if I can put my mind to it and not let my disability stop me from fulfilling my dreams.

About Ernie Roundtree:My name is Ernie Roundtree and I am an athlete and athlete representatives from Monroe County Special Olympics Pennsylvania
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November 05, 2014 | North America: Illinois

Twins In Special Olympics

By Jean & Jan Finn

I remember one time we were in the same division at state for the standing long jump but we missed our event that time because our coach didn't get us there in time!View Story I remember one time we were in the same division at state for the standing long jump but we missed our event that time because our coach didn't get us there in time! But we got a wonderful participant ribbon! We loved it! And our coach asked us if we were mad at him! We really were happy that we got that participant ribbon!

About Jean & Jan Finn:Me and My twin sister in Delevan and San Jose ILLINIOS! We were in Special Education K thur 12 and we started Special Olympics When We were in school 2 years and We started Special Olympics in 1986! When We Started Special Olympics in Lincoln IL! We r now 50!
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November 05, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Malaysia

Special Olympics Sabah Celebrates 15th Anniversary with State Games

By Drew Boshell

Track and Field athletes celebrating their race.

Special Olympics Sabah in Malaysia recently held their 8th State Games on 1-2 November with 187 athletes participating in track and field, bocce and football.View Story Special Olympics Sabah in Malaysia recently held their 8th State Games on 1-2 November with 187 athletes participating in track and field, bocce and football. The games coincided with the Special Olympics Sabah’s 15th Anniversary. Athletes also had the opportunity to receive Healthy Athletes exams in five disciplines including Opening Eyes, Special Smiles, FUN Fitness, Health Promotion and Healthy Hearing. As a Healthy Community pilot site, several other health opportunities were available including a hydration station, healthy snacks and a pre-games workshop held by the National Institute of Sport on topics including hydration and stretching. Athletes identified as needing follow up care received referrals including Healthy Hearing patients who were booked appointments for follow up care at Queen Elizabeth Hospital immediately following their exam.

About Drew Boshell:Drew Boshell is the Senior Director of Global Health Programs
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Athletics Events


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Event

Location

Jun 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
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515
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Towson University
8000 York Ave

Towson, Maryland
UNITED STATES

Jun 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
Email:dshindley@soill.org
Phone:309-888-2551
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ISU & IWU Campus
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
UNITED STATES

Jul 24 - Aug 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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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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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 competed in Los Angeles. See results and teams.


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.


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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