Athletes train for a minimum of eight weeks for the sports they participate in. From there, they can participate on a local level, followed by area, district, and sometimes regional competition for their opportunity to compete on a state level. For some, opportunities go beyond the state level to National and even World Games. All athletes must have a physical and consent form completed before beginning practices. Read more and download documents here.
Special Olympics Missouri offers two state-level events throughout the year. Here, athletes get to travel away from home overnight and gain a sense of independence while making new friends and shining in front of a statewide audience. This State Games structure is new, and you can click here to see a complete breakdown of when competitions will be offered for each sport. Further clarification of why we've changed the structure of competitions or how athletes will qualify for state can be found here.
State Events Calendar
- State Summer Games (Columbia) - Aquatics, Athletics, Basketball, Bowling, Powerlifting and Volleyball.
- State Fall Games (Cape Girardeau) - Bocce, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, and Tennis.
Note: In 2012-2013 two regionals will be held for basketball and two districts will be held for bowling. In the event that more than 700 athletes participate in softball, regionals will be held.
Every four years, the USA National Games provide an opportunity for athletes to compete at the national level in summer sports. The 2014 National Games will be held in New Jersey. To qualify, individuals need to receive a gold medal in their sport of choice during the year prior to selection camp, attend selection camp, and be selected to Team Missouri. Selection camp will take place in Summer 2013.
On odd-numbered years, Special Olympics athletes come together for World Games. World Games alternate between summer and winter sports and give athletes the chance to travel farther away from home and interact with athletes from other countries through the language of sport. The next World Winter Games will be in South Korea in 2013. The next World Summer Games will take place in Los Angeles in 2015.
Coaches may submit the hours spent on training and competition, travel and paperwork all online! Do so here for each sports season.