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

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.

Up next: Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, March 14-21, 2019.  

Family Registration for the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi:  If you are a family member and you wish to register for the games, you can do so by clicking on the following link  


Our calendar lists events, practices, and competitions near you - and across the state!

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