Special Olympics followed expert medical advice in requiring vaccines for athletes preparing for and participating in the 2022 USA Games to reduce the risk of hospitalization and death. However, Special Olympics honored Florida’s request by allowing a number of unvaccinated athletes to participate since 98% of athletes attending would be vaccinated. Each decision Special Olympics took was guided by the best interests of our athletes, and we stand by them all.
Special Olympics regrets that some athletes were not able to participate in the 2022 USA Games due to expert medical guidelines established for those games. We look forward to welcoming them all safely to future events.