Berlin, Germany – 20 September, 2020: With exactly 1,000 days to go until the start of Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023, volunteer registration is now open for the world's largest inclusive sporting event for people with intellectual disabilities. Up to 20,000 volunteers will contribute to an unforgettable experience in the German capital. Starting Sunday, September 20, 2020 volunteers can pre-register via the official website at www.en.berlin2023.org/volunteers
For the first time in history, Special Olympics World Games will take place in Germany. Berlin will welcome 7,000 athletes from more than 170 nations to compete in 26 sports from June 17–24, 2023. Alternating every two years between summer and winter sports, Special Olympics World Games are a demonstration of inclusion, acceptance, and empowerment for people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 will make an impact far beyond sports, including programming in culture, education, science, and health open to all visitors and participants.
The volunteer program is an opportunity to join an international team of 20,000 people dedicated to running a major sporting event and more importantly, showcasing the transformative power of inclusion. The volunteer program is as inclusive as the event itself and is open to people of all abilities. Applicants who are 16 years or older can register to become a volunteer. Organizers of the World Games also seek individuals or groups interested in volunteering at Special Olympics Germany’s National Games in Summer 2022.
About Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023
Taking place from 16–25 June 2023, the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin will be one of the largest sport and humanitarian events to take place that year. Following the Opening Ceremony in the renowned Berlin Olympic Stadium, an estimated 7,000 athletes from over 170 nations will compete in 24 sports across Berlin’s state-of-the-art competition venues. They will be supported by 3,000 coaches and an estimated 20,000 volunteers. The Games will also attract 6,000 family members, more than 2,000 national and international media, and 500,000 spectators.
About Special Olympics World Games
Special Olympics World Games are the largest sports and social inclusion event on the planet—advancing a world of full inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in sports, education, health and leadership. Bringing together thousands of Special Olympics athletes from across the globe, World Games take place every two years, alternating between Summer and Winter Games.
About Special Olympics
Founded in 1968, Special Olympics is a global movement to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. We foster acceptance of all people through the power of sport and programming in education, health, and leadership. With more than six million athletes and Unified Sports partners in over 190 countries and territories and more than one million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers more than 30 Olympic-type sports and over 100,000 games and competitions every year. Engage with us on: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn and our blog on Medium. Learn more at www.SpecialOlympics.org.