Special Olympics World Games are held every two years, alternating with Summer and Winter Games. The next Special Olympics World Games happen next year: the Special Olympics World Summer Games from 25 July-2 August 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif., USA.
The most recent World Winter Games were the 2013 World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The next Special Olympics World Winter Games will be in Graz and Schladming, Austria from 14-24 March 2017.
The last Special Olympics World Summer Games were held in Athens, Greece, from 25 June-4 July 2011.
The first Special Olympics International Summer Games were held in Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 1968. and first World Winter Games were held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA, in 1977.
In addition to the World Games, Special Olympics holds competitions at the local, state/province, country, region and world level every year. In all, more than 70,000 Special Olympics competitions are held every year.