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Latest News and Press Releases

Azerbaijan to host Groundbreaking Special Olympics Global Youth Leadership Forum

April 04, 2018

International leaders with & without intellectual disabilities promoting inclusion

International Skating Union (ISU) Signs Proclamation Announcing Support of Special Olympics

March 23, 2018

International Skating Union announces their unanimous support and affinity for Special Olympics and all its skaters.

United Airlines and Special Olympics Announce Global Relationship

March 08, 2018

Events Around the World

  • Apr 20 - Apr 22
    Special Olympics Brazil National Games
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    Fri Apr 20 - Sun Apr 22, 2018
     
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    Suzano
    São Paulo
    Brazil

    Special Olympics Brazil National Games

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    Fri Apr 20 - Sun Apr 22, 2018
     

    180 athletes and teammates and 50 coaches from 7 states will participate in our National Games in: athletics; unified basketball; unified bocce; judo; rhythmic gymnastics; swimming; open water; tennis; table tennis; unified futsal; unified beach volleyball.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Parque Municipal Max Feffer
    Av. Roberto Simonsen, S/N – Jd. ImperadorT
    Suzano, São Paulo
    Brazil
    02 indoor courts 06 outdoor courts 02 beach volleyball courts 02 soccer fields 01 Skate 04 chess tables 01 walking trail 01 indoor swimming pool 08 tennis courts
  • Apr 28 - Apr 29
    Special Olympics Bénin National Games
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    Sat Apr 28 - Sun Apr 29, 2018
     
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    Porto-Novo
    Benin

    Special Olympics Bénin National Games

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    Sat Apr 28 - Sun Apr 29, 2018
     

    Athletics, Badminton, Bocce, Cycling, and Football to take place.

    Venue(s)
    location
    Stade Charles de Gaulle
    Esplanade de Gaulle
    Porto-Novo
    Benin
  • May 09 - May 11
    24th Special Olympics Iran national Games
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    Wed May 9 - Fri May 11, 2018
     
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    Gorgan
    Golestan
    Iran

    24th Special Olympics Iran national Games

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    Wed May 9 - Fri May 11, 2018
     

    The 24th games will be held in Gorgan, Golestan state, Iran with 300 athletes and 300 coaches, family members, volunteers and executive staff. 3 sports event: Athletics, Bocce, 5-a-side football, and Basketball as demonstration plus 2 initiative event: Healthy athlete and the Family forum will be held.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Gorgan city Sport complex
    Gorgan, Imam sport complex
    Gorgan, Golestan
    Iran
    The events will be held in Sport complex and the athletes will stay in Behzisty Toskastan complex.
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  • May 11 - May 13
    South Carolina State Summer Games
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    Fri May 11 - Sun May 13, 2018
     
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    Columbia
    South Carolina
    USA

    South Carolina State Summer Games

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    Fri May 11 - Sun May 13, 2018
     

    Special Olympics South Carolina hosts more than 1400+ athletes, unified partners and coaches for the State Summer Games at the largest army training base in the country. Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina hosts the event with competition opportunities in aquatics, athletics (track & field), bocce (over 21 years old), bowling (under 21 years old), gymnastics and softball.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Ft. Jackson – Columbia
    Strom Thurmond Blvd.
    Columbia, South Carolina
    USA
  • May 18 - May 20
    Louisiana State Summer Games
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    Fri May 18 - Sun May 20, 2018
     
    location
    Hammond
    Louisiana
    USA

    Louisiana State Summer Games

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    Fri May 18 - Sun May 20, 2018
     

    This is an event for all Areas. Male and female athletes from across the state will compete in Athletics (Track & Field), Bocce, Powerlifting and Unified Volleyball. Sign up today to play, coach or volunteer for this event.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Southeastern Louisiana University
    500 W University Ave.
    Hammond, Louisiana
    USA
  • May 25 - May 26
    Special Olympics Uganda National Games
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    Fri May 25 - Sat May 26, 2018
     
    location
    Kampala
    Uganda

    Special Olympics Uganda National Games

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    Fri May 25 - Sat May 26, 2018
     

    Athletics, Football, Swimming, Volleyball will take place

    Venue(s)
    location
    Lugogo Sports Complex
    Plot 2-10 Coronation Avenue , National Council of Sports Complex Lugogo
    Kampala
    Uganda
  • May 31 - Jun 02
    State Summer Games
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    Thu May 31 - Sat Jun 02, 2018
     
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    Mount Pleasant
    Michigan
    USA

    State Summer Games

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    Thu May 31 - Sat Jun 02, 2018
     

    The State Summer Games is the largest Special Olympics Michigan event with 2,600 SOMI athletes along with an additional 3,400 coaches, volunteers, chaperones, family members and spectators attending each year. Ten types of competition are offered at the State Summer Games each year, including athletics, bocce, bowling, gymnastics, horseshoes, power lifting, swimming, weightlifting, volleyball, developmental athletics and motor activities training program. Athletes compete in State Summer Games after qualifying at local competitions throughout the year. The State Summer Games is one of six annual statewide competitions for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. The Special Olympics Michigan programs are offered at no cost to the athletes or their families. The State Summer Games is proudly presented by SpartanNash, the only Statewide Premier Gold Medallion Partner of Special Olympics Michigan.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Central Michigan University
    2400 East Campus Drive
    Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    USA
  • Jun 01 - Jun 03
    Kansas State Summer Games
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    Fri Jun 1 - Sun Jun 03, 2018
     
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    Wichita
    Kansas
    USA

    Kansas State Summer Games

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    Fri Jun 1 - Sun Jun 03, 2018
     

    The State Summer Games will be held in Maize, June 1-3. Competition events on Friday are: Swimming, Cycling and Tennis. The Track & Field Events will be held Saturday & Sunday. Opening Ceremonies will take place on Friday, June 1. For more information about Summer Games, please contact Tim Rehder at rehdert@ksso.org


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    Venue(s)
    location
    Maize South High School
    3701 N Tyler Rd
    Wichita, Kansas
    USA
  • Jun 10 - Jun 12
    Special Olympics Kenya 50th Anniversary National Games
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    Sun Jun 10 - Tue Jun 12, 2018
     
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    Nairobi
    Kenya

    Special Olympics Kenya 50th Anniversary National Games

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    Sun Jun 10 - Tue Jun 12, 2018
     

    Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Cycling, Football, Golf, Handball, Swimming, Volleyball, and Beach Volleyball.

    Venue(s)
    location
    Safaricom Stadium
    Kasarani
    Nairobi
    Kenya
  • Jun 14 - Jun 17
    2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games
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    Thu Jun 14 - Sun Jun 17, 2018
     
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    Dublin
    Ireland

    2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games

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    Thu Jun 14 - Sun Jun 17, 2018
     

    Circa 1,600 athletes from all corners of Ireland will participate in the 4-day residential Games in 13 sports competitions and a Motor Activities Training Programme. Competitions will include Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Kayaking, Swimming, Tenpin Bowling, Table Tennis, and Pitch & Putt.

    Venue(s)
    location

    Dublin
    Ireland
  • Jun 20 - Jun 22
    Special Olympics Rwanda Agaciro Unified Cup 2018
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    Wed Jun 20 - Fri Jun 22, 2018
     
    location
    Kigali
    Rwanda

    Special Olympics Rwanda Agaciro Unified Cup 2018

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    Wed Jun 20 - Fri Jun 22, 2018
     

    Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Football, Swimming in the Special Olympics Rwanda Agaciro Unified Cup 2018.

    Venue(s)
    location
    Amahoro National Stadium
    Remera
    Kigali
    Rwanda