Games and Competition
Stage in Abu Dhabi at the Abu Dhabi 2019 World Games; audience on either side of a lit stage.
Every day and all around the world, our athletes train and strive to achieve their very best. During World Games, the entire Special Olympics movement comes together to see our athletes in action and celebrate their victories over huge odds. No other event in the world has the social and emotional impact of the Special Olympics World Games. For the athletes and their families, the experience opens doors to unimagined possibilities. For volunteers, coaches, and other supporters from all parts of the world, the Games inspire hope and belief in a brighter future of global acceptance, understanding, and unity.
Athlete lifting weights on his shoulders. A spotter on either side and behind him.
On any given day, Special Olympics athletes are competing all around the world in 32 Olympic-type sports.
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Two athletes swimming in a race.
During World Games, the Special Olympics movement comes together to see our athletes in action.
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A woman's volleyball team all holding the ball for a group picture.
Are you an aspiring athlete, Unified Partner, volunteer or coach? With over 100,000 Special Olympics competitions each year, there are many opportunities for you to get involved.
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Stories about World Games
Medical exam in Guinea-Bissau
MedFest is sometimes the first exposure athletes have to medical care and in many cases, life-threatening conditions have been found and subsequently treated.
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Five people stand at a podium at the U.S. Senate. They are framed by the U.S. flag on the left side and by the Senate flag on the right side.
On Thursday, 5 March 2020, Members of Congress, the UAE Embassy, and Special Olympics USA athletes from Southern California, Virginia, D.C., Maryland, Ohio, and Connecticut gathered for a screening of The Road to Abu Dhabi, a documentary about the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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Two women both holding ski poles and smiling in celebration.
The iconic winter sport venues of Östersund and Åre play host to 300 Special Olympics athletes who have come to Sweden to compete in the Special Olympics Invitational Games 2020.
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