State, USA, & World Games

Advancing to a state, national or international level competition is an opportunity for our athletes to share and celebrate their achievements with people outside of their local communities.

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime... I get to show that people are not limited by their disabilities. Anyone can achieve their goals with hard work, practice, and determination.”

- David, Team Virginia golfer
2011 World Summer Games

State-level Games

The Xperience Tennis Invitational

January, Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville

Speed Skating Championships

Basketball Championships
TBD, Stafford County schools

Summer Games
June 7-9, 2019, Richmond
Aquatics, athletics, bowling, softball, and tennis

Fall Championships
November 3-4, 2018, Virginia Beach
Bocce, bowling, golf, roller skating, soccer, and volleyball

USA & World Games

Every two years since 1968, athletes from more than 100 nations gather to showcase their athletic skills and bring the spirit of Special Olympics to life. Alternating between summer and winter, Special Olympics USA and World Games feature intense athletic competition and inspiring performances from talented Special Olympics athletes.

As with all our events, Special Olympics USA and World Games are offered free of charge to all selected athletes thanks to the generous support of our friends and corporate sponsors.

2017 World Winter Games
Graz and Schladming in Styria, Austria

2018 USA Games

Special Olympics Virginia is searching for qualified coaches for the 2018 USA Games. The 2018 USA Games will be held from July 1, 2018 to July 6, 2018, in Seattle, Washington. Special Olympics Virginia will be represented in the sports of swimming (aquatics), track and field (athletics), bocce, bowling, golf, power lifting, tennis, traditional basketball and Unified Softball. The application deadline for all coaching positions is June 30, 2017. Special Olympics Virginia reserves the right to extend the deadline and/or recruit coaches as necessary to assure a high quality experience for the athletes participating in the USA Games. Click on this link  2018 USA Games Coaches Application to download the application.

Special Olympics Virginia Receives Quota and High Performance Athlete Information for 2018 USA Games

Special Olympics Virginia has received quota for the USA Games. Click on this link 2018 USA Games Quota for more information about upcoming opportunities for USA Games participation.  The 2018 USA Games will be introducing the High Performance Category for a few sports.   The High Performance Category is for those athletes who are the top levels of Special Olympics sports.   Athletes may enter High Performance qualifiers at Summer Games.  The High Performance qualifying standards can be found here .

SAVERS FUNDrives Help Pave the Way to Seattle for Team Virginia

We’ve partnered with our awesome friends at SAVERS to help send 46 Virginia athletes to USA Games in Seattle, Washington! You can help make the dream of USA Games a reality by conducting a FUNDrive in 2017. If your company or civic group raises $2,000 or more, we’ll pair you with an athlete so that you can be a part of their journey from the moment they learn they make the team until they board the plane for Seattle! To book your “Sponsor an Athlete” FUNDrive, contact Mandy Heritage today. Also check out this cool “How To” video to see how quick and easy it can be to raise funds for Team Virginia!


Find forms, letters, and policies regarding your delegation’s trip to one of our state-level games on our State Games Registration Resources page.

State Games Registration Resources


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