• A runner reaches high in triumph at the end of a race

    World & Regional Games Center

    Major Special Olympics competitions around the world each year bring together athletes seeking to be best in their sports.

  • A snowboarder zooms past a blurred blue flag

    World & Regional Games Center

    Major Special Olympics competitions around the world each year bring together athletes seeking to be best in their sports.

  • A team of athletes in tropical shirts cheer in unison

    World & Regional Games Center

    Major Special Olympics competitions around the world each year bring together athletes seeking to be best in their sports.

2019 World Games Abu Dhabi

The first World Games in the Middle East

The countdown has begun to the 2019 Special Olympics World Games, set for 14-21 March in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. More than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will compete in 24 summer sports, along with 2,500 coaches and 20,000 volunteers. These will be the first Special Olympics World Games in the Middle East/North Africa region. The 2019 World Games kick off with a star-studded Opening Ceremony in the iconic Zayed Sports City Stadium in the heart of Abu Dhabi, the largest sports venue in the Persian Gulf. In addition to sports competition, the 2019 World Games will feature inspiring non-sports activities and programs, including Unified Sports experiences, free Healthy Athletes screenings, a GenUin Global Youth Summit, and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Learn more about the 2019 Games

Upcoming Competitions

  • May 25 - May 26
    Special Olympics Uganda National Games
    clock
    Fri May 25 - Sat May 26, 2018
     
    location
    Kampala
    Uganda

    Special Olympics Uganda National Games

    clock
    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
    clock
    Thu May 31 - Sat Jun 02, 2018
     
    location
    Mount Pleasant
    Michigan
    USA

    State Summer Games

    clock
    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
    clock
    Fri Jun 1 - Sun Jun 03, 2018
     
    location
    Wichita
    Kansas
    USA

    Kansas State Summer Games

    clock
    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


    Related Link(s):Learn more

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Maize South High School
    3701 N Tyler Rd
    Wichita, Kansas
    USA
  • Do You Have An Event to Share?

    Share it! It will be published throughout this website and beyond.

    Share Your Event
  • Jun 03 - Jun 09
    Special Olympics Cayman Islands National Games
    clock
    Sun Jun 3 - Sat Jun 09, 2018
     
    location
    Georgetown
    Cayman Islands

    Special Olympics Cayman Islands National Games

    clock
    Sun Jun 3 - Sat Jun 09, 2018
     

    The pinnacle event of the Special Olympics Cayman Islands calendar, with more than 100 athletes with intellectual disabilities will compete in 6 sports in Grand Cayman. Competitions will include: Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Football, Swimming and Standup Paddleboarding.

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Truman Bodden Sports Center / Lion's Pool / Cayman International School
    Georgetown
    Georgetown
    Cayman Islands
  • Jun 10 - Jun 12
    Special Olympics Kenya 50th Anniversary National Games
    clock
    Sun Jun 10 - Tue Jun 12, 2018
     
    location
    Nairobi
    Kenya

    Special Olympics Kenya 50th Anniversary National Games

    clock
    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 11 - Jun 13
    2018 National Games 50th Anniversary Celebrations
    clock
    Mon Jun 11 - Wed Jun 13, 2018
     
    location
    Lagos
    Lagos
    Nigeria

    2018 National Games 50th Anniversary Celebrations

    clock
    Mon Jun 11 - Wed Jun 13, 2018
     

    National Games/50th Anniversary Celebrations Sunday 10th June- Opening Ceremony/50th Anniversary Celebration Monday 11th - Wednesday 13th June- Divisioning/Games/Awards Wednesday 13th June: Closing Ceremony Monday 11th - Tuesday 12th June 2018: Healthy Athletes Screening

    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos
    Surulere
    Lagos, Lagos
    Nigeria
    Teslim Balogun Stadium, beside the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos
  • Jun 14 - Jun 17
    2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games
    clock
    Thu Jun 14 - Sun Jun 17, 2018
     
    location
    Dublin
    Ireland

    2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games

    clock
    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