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This page draws together athletics-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics athletics.  View the Athletics Fact Sheet

The sport of athletics encourages athletes of all abilities and ages to compete at their optimum level. Through the track-and-field-based athletics training program, participants can develop total fitness to compete in any sport. As with all Special Olympics sports, athletics offers athletes the opportunity to learn through skill development and competitive settings and to be involved in large social settings.


Athletics Stories and News


January 08, 2015 | Why I Support Special Olympics

Napa grabs gold in Marin Games

By Jessica Peters

About 12 years ago I joined the Napa Valley Special Olympics when Cross country was offered. However,my county has seen many changes, but track and field hopefully will be here to stay.View Story About 12 years ago I joined the Napa Valley Special Olympics when Cross country was offered. However,my county has seen many changes, but track and field hopefully will be here to stay. My coach Nancy ofered me a spot on the team going to Marin Games. A few weeks later, the team show up to River park shopping center, all pumped up at 6:30 a m. An hour later, everone arrived in San Rafael to compete. The volunteers called our race shortly after opening ceremonies. I sat there waiting for my name to be called. Finley, I look up at at the volunteer, who asked for a"Jessica". My reply was "yes, ma'm". Well, I took to the track and managed to win three consecutive gold medals. Even though, it was hot out, I still medaled. The bottom line is that I was very brave in the attempt. In spite of my Aspberger's and the heat, I managed to thank the line judge and shake his hand. That too some courage. After all of the thank yous were said, I got some lunch, and left the Marin games with a smile.

About Jessica Peters:Hi, grew up in Notheren California and attended public schools in Napa. I was about 26 when I first started to compete at the local and state level. My resume consisted of Swimming, Boceeball, track, and Bowling. I never thought that one day, I'd be able to compete. Off of the track, alley, and court, I'm busey with Aldea Supportive living serives acticvities as well as an active member of the Bay area Turner's Syndrome socoiety. However, the sticking point was getting me into the North Bay Regoinal Center as a Consumer was my diagnoses asbpberger's Syndrome. These days I filled with enthousiasim when it comes to sports. Also, I'm a small part of a socoial nights group ment for Special needs adults, which meets on Friday nights. as well as New Horizons which meets on Saturday nights. Outside of my extras, I work at Lixit incorpereed as well as Vine Village arts as a client. It's safe to say that I'm one byesy person. Also, on a spiritual note, I'm a part of the Devlopment
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January 07, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

Chasing Gold and Keeping It In the Family

By Suzanne Coogan

Daniel Wolff of Great Britain on the track.

Almost a century after winning 4 x 400m relay Gold at the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936, Frederick Wolff is still passing the baton.View Story Almost a century after winning 4 x 400m relay Gold at the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936, Frederick Wolff is still passing the baton. Freddie, as he was affectionately known, ran the opening leg of the race as he and his team-mates not only won gold, but set a new European record of 3:09. Now it's the turn of great grandson Daniel Wolff to fly the Olympic flag for Great Britain. Daniel, who has autism, was selected as one of 100 athletes who will travel to Los Angeles in July to compete at the Special Olympics World Summer Games."To represent Special Olympics Great Britain in LA actually means the world to me," says Daniel. "I will try to run like my great grandfather and bring home a medal for my country. That would be fantastic."Daniel says running helps him to relax. "Running is a nice way of getting rid of anything that I'm stressed about. I need to take my training to the next level now in the run up to the LA Games and train every day on the track with my coach and in the gym."

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager of Media and Public Awareness with Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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December 24, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

1st Great Race for Quality Education

By Paola Martinelli

"Club Tigers" Special Olympics Mexico, Baja California participated in the First Great Race for Quality Education organized by the Fronteriza Training School of Tijuana. This was part of its twentieth anniversaryView Story "Club Tigers" Special Olympics Mexico, Baja California participated in the First Great Race for Quality Education organized by the Fronteriza Training School of Tijuana. This was part of its twentieth anniversary. Our athletes participated in this race in the category of 1000 meters special-walk 1000 meters and 100 meters race.

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Athletics Events


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Event

Location

April 07, 2015

Annual Spring Games

Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination for a day sports competition. Elementary, Middle School and High School Students participate in track and field events and Young Athlete events. Olympic Town and Very Special Arts will also be offered. This event will be held on April 7th at West Ashley High School in Charleston, South Carolina. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Roxann Read
Email:roxannreadsosc6@gmail.com
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West Ashley High School
Charleston, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

April 11, 2015

East Bay Area Games

Come and cheer on our athletes as the demonstrate their grit and determination during a day of track and field competition. This event will be held on April 11th at Gaudet Middle School in Middletown, Rhode Island. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Chris Hopkins
Email:chris@specialolympicsri.org
Phone:401-349-4900
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Gaudet Middle School
1113 Aquidneck Avenue

Middletown, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

April 14, 2015

Area 12 Special Olympics Track & Field

Sports offered will be male track, female track, softball throw, Young Athletes track competition, standing long jump and developmental games. Concessions will be sold by the SCSDB Deaf Alumni Association. Volunteers for this one day competition must contact Paula G. White, Director Area 12.
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Paula White
Email:pgwhite@spart7.org
Phone:864-706-0043
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South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind
110 Maryland Ave.

Lyman, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

April 15, 2015

Area 1 Spring Games

This is the Area 1 Spring Track and Field Events. We have softball/tennis throw, jumping events and all the track/running events. We have an Opening Ceremony and a Parade of Athletes. Each school/agency has a flag with their name on it that they carry. We have a DJ that plays music, a drum line, ROTC, cheerleaders and lots of mascots from around the area to cheer our athletes on! We also offer a "Fun Zone" for the down time.
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Laura Driggers
Email:ladriggers@florenceco.org
Phone:843-667-0920
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Darlington High School Track
525 Spring Street

Darlington, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

April 18, 2015

Central Athletics Qualifier - Kernersville

Come and cheer on our athletes as the demonstrate their grit and determination for a day track & field competition. This event will be held on April 18th at Bishop McGuinness in Kernersville, North Carolina. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email:modonnell@sonc.net
Phone:919-818-4598
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Bishop McGuinness
1725 NC HWY 66 South

Kernersville, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

April 25, 2015

West Athletics Qualifier - Concord

Join us April 25th at Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg, North Carolina as our as athletes compete and showcase their skill in track & field competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email:modonnell@sonc.net
Phone:919-818-4598
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Hickory Ridge High School
226 Fairway Drive

Harrisburg, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

May 01, 2015

Area 34 Track & Field

Come and cheer on Area 34 athletes as they demonstrate their grit and determination during a day of track and field competition. Events will include the long jump, 50m dash, softball throw, and many more! Developmental and wheelchair events are being offered as well! This event will be held on May 1st at Jefferson High School in Monroe, Michigan. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Kerry Simmons
Email:area34@somi.org
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Jefferson High School
Monroe, Michigan
UNITED STATES

May 02, 2015

Rhode Island Northern Area Games

Want to experience track and field competition in its purest form? Come to Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island on May 2nd to cheer on our athletes as they compete to qualify for the Rhode Island State Summer Games. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Chris Hopkins
Email:chris@specialolympicsri.org
Phone:(401) 349-4900
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Bryant University
1150 Douglas Turnpike

Smithfield, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

May 13 - 15 2015

Oklahoma State Summer Games

Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes numbering in the thousands will meet in Stillwater in May for Summer Games. Staff and hundreds of volunteers are on hand to make sure athletes have three days full of competitions, Olympic-style ceremonies, Olympic Village, food, housing and many fun activities. Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes will compete in nine sports: Athletics (Track and Field), Bocce, Bowling, Golf, Horseshoes, Powerlifting, Unified 3-on-3 Basketball, and Unified Softball. Other events include Motor Activities and Stars of the Future.
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Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma
UNITED STATES

May 15 - 16 2015

Florida State Summer Games

Special Olympics Florida’s Summer Games are the largest event on the calendar with athletes competing in athletics (track & field), bocce, cycling, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. This event is held annually at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and kicks off with an exciting Olympic-style opening ceremonies featuring the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. It concludes on Saturday night with closing ceremonies and the much anticipated victory dance.
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Akin Joseph
Email:akinjoseph@sofl.org
Phone:352-243-9536
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ESPN Wide World of Sports
700 South Victory Way

Lake Buena Vista, Florida
UNITED STATES

May 15 - 16 2015

Utah State Summer Games

Join us as more than 1,000 athletes and Unified Sports partners will compete during this two-day event and will receive support from nearly 500 coaches and more than 1,000 day-of volunteers! Competition will be held in the following sports: athletics (track & field), soccer, Unified Sports® soccer, softball, motor activities training program
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Salt Lake City, Utah
UNITED STATES

May 15 - 16 2015

Tennessee State Summer Games

The 2015 Tennessee State Summer Games will be held May 15th and 16th in Nashville, Tennessee. Over 2,500 athletes, coaches, volunteers, and family members will attend the two day event. Athletes will compete in seven sports: aquatics, athletics, bocce, Unified bocce, powerlifting, tennis, and Unified volleyball.
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Lipscomb University
Nashville, Tennessee
UNITED STATES

May 19 - 22 2015

Montana State Summer Games

Join us for the Montana State Summer Games centered in Missoula and the surrounding area. Special events and competition will include bowling, aquatics, kayaking, cycling, track & field, and golf. Athletes work hard to get to the Games. Following eight weeks of rigorous training, they are ready to demonstrate their skill in intense competition. They will not disappoint!
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Various Venues
Missoula, Montana
UNITED STATES

May 21 - 23 2015

Arkansas State Summer Games

The Special Olympics Arkansas Summer Games will be held at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. This event will bring together over 2,000 athletes and 500 coaches from across the state. This our largest event of the year, Summer Games features competition in aquatics, athletics, bocce, unified bocce, flag football, golf, powerlifting and team softball. Every race, every game, every competition held at Summer Games represents many weeks of training, preparation and dedication on the part of our athletes, coaches, and volunteers.
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Special Olympics Arkansas
Phone:501-771-0222
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Harding University
Searcy, Arkansas
UNITED STATES

May 28 - 30 2015

South Dakota State Summer Games

This will be our 47th annual State Summer Games Competition. Approximately 600 athletes are expected to compete in athletics, aquatics, team soccer, individual soccer skills, powerlifting and volleyball. See you there!
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Johna Thum
Email:jthum@sosd.org
Phone:605-331-4117
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South Dakota State University Campus
Brookings, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

May 29 - 31 2015

New Mexico State Summer Games

Join us for the largest state competition of the year May 29-31. Athletes from across the state will compete in track & field, bocce, and Unified volleyball at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Stadium. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. Hope to see you there!
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University of New Mexico Track and Field Stadium
Albuquerque, New Mexico
UNITED STATES

May 29 - 31 2015

Missouri State Summer Games

Join us May 29-31 for the 2015 Missouri State Summer Games in Springfield Missouri as our athletes showcase their skills over 3 days of sports competition. Athletes will compete in aquatics, soccer, track and field, powerlifting, and volleyball. For more details about the event please refer to link and contact info below.
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Susan Shaffer
Email:shaffer@somo.org
Phone:573-635-1660
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Springfield, Missouri
UNITED STATES

May 29 - 31 2015

Vermont State Summer Games

The Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games will involve over 400 athletes and partners. Competition will take place at the University of Vermont athletic facilities (aquatics, athletics, bocce) and the Williston Recreation Fields (softball). Two other staple events at the Summer Games will include our Healthy Athletes program and the culmination of our Law Enforcement Torch Run.
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Various Venues
Fairfax, Vermont
UNITED STATES

May 29 - 31 2015

Rhode Island State Summer Games

Join us May 29-31 at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island as over 1,500 athletes from across the state of Rhode Island compete in athletics, aquatics, cycling, bowling, motor activities training program, soccer, and powerlifting! For more details please use the contact information below.
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Chris Hopkins
Email:chris@specialolympicsri.org
Phone:(401) 349-4900
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University of Rhode Island
45 Upper College Road

Kingston, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

May 29 - 31 2015

Hawaii State Summer Games

Over 1,000 Athletes and Coaches from throughout the state will participate in our Summer Games at the University of Hawaii and Central Oahu Regional Park. Athletes began training in February and are competing in Area and Regional competitions from the end of March through the beginning of May in preparation for the Summer Games. Competition will be held in powerlifting, softball, swimming and track and field.
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Special Olympics Hawaii
Phone:808-943-8808
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University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii
UNITED STATES

Jun 4 - 6 2015

Pennsylvania State Summer Games

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games will be held at Penn State University in State College. The event will together over 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state. This is our largest event of the year. The Summer Games will feature three days of intense competition in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis. Every race, every game, every competition held at Summer Games represents many weeks of training, preparation and dedication on the part of our athletes, coaches and volunteers. Spectators are welcome to visit any of the competition venues and cheer on the athletes.
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Penn State University
State College, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2015

Colorado State Summer Games

This years Summer Games will be held in Grand Junction at Colorado Mesa University. This event is the biggest Special Olympics Colorado competition of the year! The event brings together athletes from across the state to compete in five sports: athletics, aquatics, gymnastics, powerlifting and soccer.
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Special Olympics Colorado
Email:beafan@SpecialOlympicsCO.org
Phone:720-359-3100
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Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, Colorado
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 6 2015

2015 Special Olympics Nevada Summer Games

Four hundred athletes and their volunteer coaches will come together at the University of Nevada, Reno to experience the thrill of competing against other athletes from all over Nevada. After weeks of training and participating at a qualifying competition, athletes will compete in aquatics or track & field in state-of-the-art collegiate athletic facilities on the UNR campus. Over 500 volunteers were on hand to fill a variety of volunteer positions over the course of the weekend. Summer Games is the culminating Championship for aquatics and track & field and is one of the largest Special Olympics sporting competitions in Nevada. The minimum age of the competitors is 8 years of age and there is no age limit cap. Spectators are welcome and admission is free.
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Harry Mong
Email:HarryM@sonv.org
Phone:702-635-8237
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University of Nevada, Reno
1664 North Virginia St.

Reno, Nevada
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2015

West Virginia State Summer Games

Special Olympics West Virginia Summer Games are the pinnacle of competition. Approximately 700 Special Olympics athletes from throughout West Virginia will gather in Charleston to compete in track and field, swimming, golf, tennis, baggo (corn-hole), bocce, and softball. Out incredible athletes will inspire everyone with their courage, determination, and skills.
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Various Venues
Charleston, West Virginia
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2015

Massachusetts State Summer Games

The official start of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer Games begins with the traditional Opening Ceremony at Boston University. Highlights include remarks from special guests, one of our athletes acting as master of ceremonies, the Parade of Athletes, the Special Olympics Massachusetts flag relay and presentation and finally the culminating Torch Lighting Ceremony, by the Guardians of the Flame–our partners in the LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. Saturday morning the games will begin on the grounds of the Harvard University athletic facilities, surrounding historic Harvard Stadium. Over 1,900 ATHLETES compete in the sports of aquatics, gymnastics, powerlifting, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
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Matt Ruxton
Email:Matt.Ruxton@SpecialOlympicsMA.org
Phone:508-485-0986 Ext. 22
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Boston University and Harvard Athletic Complex
Boston, Massachusetts
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2015

2015 Maryland Summer Games

Join us 5-7 June 2015 at Towson University in Towson, Maryland as our athletes compete in 3 days of exciting summer sports competition. Events will include: Aquatics – traditional individual events and team relays, Unified team relays; Athletics – traditional and Unified track, mini-javelin, high jump, long jump, pentathlon, softball throw, shot put, standing long jump, tennis ball throw; Bocce – singles, doubles, Unified doubles; Cheerleading – traditional and Unified team competition; Softball – traditional team competition, Unified team competition, individual skills competition. For schedule details please refer to the link, below.
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Mike Czarnowsky
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515
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Towson University
8000 York Ave

Towson, Maryland
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2015

Kansas State Summer Games

Join us June 5-7 at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas as our athletes participate and show their skill over 3 days of aquatics, athletics and tennis competition. See you there!
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Tim Rehder
Email:rehdert@ksso.org
Phone:913-236-9290 X 108
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Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas
UNITED STATES

June 12, 2015

Virgina State Summer Games

Summer Games, our largest State Games, is nothing short of legendary thanks to the overwhelming support of more than 3,000 local volunteers who brave the summer heat to assist more than 1,300 Special Olympics Virginia athletes each June. Athletes come from all corners of the state to compete in bocce, swimming, softball, track & field, bowling, powerlifting, and tennis at the University of Richmond and surrounding venues in Richmond. We are fortunate to have all of our Event Volunteer needs assigned for this year's Summer Games. We are currently recruiting Volunteer to Cheer fans and Medical Team members!
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University of Richmond and surrounding venues
Richmond , Virginia
UNITED STATES

Jun 12 - 14 2015

Illinois State Summer Games

Summer Games is Special Olympics Illinois premiere sports competition with more than 4,000 athletes and Unified Partners competing in 6 different sports, along with 1,600 coaches, 2,500 volunteers and 3,300 family members. That totals more than 11,400 people who attend Summer Games! The Summer Games are held at Illinois State University in Normal and the Illinois Wesleyan University campus in Bloomington. A variety of activities are provided for the participants in addition to the sports competitions. Competition will be offered in athletics, aquatics, bocce, Unified bocce, gymnastics, football (soccer) and powerlifting. The public is invited and encouraged to attend any and all parts of Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games. Hope to see you there!
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David Shindley
Email:dshindley@soill.org
Phone:309-888-2551
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ISU & IWU Campus
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
UNITED STATES

Jun 26 - 28 2015

2015 Northern California Summer Games

Summer Games is the culminating competition for our spring sports season and is one of the largest Special Olympics sporting competitions in Northern California. After weeks of training and competing at a Regional competition, athletes will compete in aquatics, bocce, tennis or track & field. Over 1,200 volunteers will be on hand to fill a variety of volunteer positions over the course of the weekend. Spectators are welcome and there is no charge for admission.
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Jeff Ruthenberg
Email:JeffR@sonc.org
Phone:916-375-1930
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UC Davis
One Shileld Pl.

Davis, California
UNITED STATES

Jul 11 - 12 2015

Oregon State Summer Games

The Summer State Games are the state championship competitions in the sports of athletics (track & field), bocce, golf, and softball for Special Olympics athletes in Oregon. All participants have trained in their hometowns for eight weeks prior to the Summer Games and have qualified to compete at the Summer Games at a regional level competition.
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Various Venues
Newberg, Oregon
UNITED STATES

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

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2014 European Summer Games

The Special Olympics European Summer Games featured 10 sports and 58 delegations, making the 2014 Games one of the largest ever. See stories and results


2014 Canada Summer Games

The Special Olympics 2014 Canada Summer Games was the largest Canadian Games ever. See results and teams.


2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.


2014 Southern California Summer Invitational Games

Special Olympics athletes from Southern California and from around the world competed in Los Angeles. See results and teams.


2013 Asia Pacific Games

Athletes from 30 Asia Pacific and East Asia regions compete in the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. Get schedules and results.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


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