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
A group in red football kits stand on a football pitch with their arms around each other facing the camera smiling.
Speaking at his team’s Gothia Special Olympics Trophy debut in Gothenburg, Special Olympics Sweden athlete, Joakim Lantz discusses what it takes to be a good leader.
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A collection of nine square photos in a collage together featuring football teams with their hands in the air in celebration.
30 teams. 15 nations. Six groups. After 72 matches over four days, by the time the Gothia Special Olympics Trophy finals took place, every player on the pitch was deserving of triumph!
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Athlete is receiving an ear exam and having his hearing aids put on by a volunteer as a medical professional observes.
Special Olympics and Starkey Hearing Foundation Partnership Brings the Gift of Hearing to World Games Athletes.
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