Competitions

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, 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.

Special Olympics Missouri offers three 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.

COVID-19 updates and protocols are available here.

State Indoor Games

(St. Charles) March: Basketball and Bowling

Altered for 2021 -- Bowling will take place in December 2021 and Basketball will take place in March 2022

State Bowling has been split from Basketball this year due to Covid-19 timeline disruption. State basketball will now be held March 18-19, 2022, in St. Charles.

STATE BOWLING 2021
• State Bowling will be held Dec. 4, 2021 in St. Charles, MO
• 750+ athletes and unified partners 
• Three bowling alleys: Cave Springs, Harvest Lanes, St. Charles Lanes
• There will be three sessions throughout the day
• Healthy Athletes and Souvenirs will be mobile and visiting each bowling alley throughout the day on a set schedule.  

STATE BASKETBALL 2022
• State Basketball will be held Mar. 18-19, 2022 in St. Charles, MO
• 3,000 athletes, coaches and unified partners 
• Five locations: Lindenwood University, St Charles West High School, Jefferson Middle School, Duschene High School, Hardin Middle School
• Opening Ceremony and Healthy Athletes will be held Friday night, with the dance and entertainment to follow.
• Events: 3-v-3 Unified Teams, 3-v-3 Regulation Teams, Unified Teams, Modified Teams, Regulation Teams, Team Skills, Individual Skills Athletes

Contact your local staff for more information on what sports we are offering in early 2022.

An athlete pushes a pink bowling ball down a ramp while flanked by volunteers on either side

State Summer Games

June 5, 2021 (Hickman H.S. -- Columbia): Athletics, Swimming, Powerlifting and Volleyball

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State Outdoor Games

(Jefferson City) Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, 2021: Bocce, golf, and tennis will be on one weekend, while softball and flag football will be on another weekend.

Softball

While our statewide competitions are our largest events and receive the most publicity, most of our sports competitions every year happen at the local, area, and regional levels. This is where the majority of our athletes compete, coaches instruct, and volunteers give back. Local and regional competitions are the backbone of our movement.

For a list of upcoming competitions, see below. Also feel free to reach out to your local staff if you have any questions.

A volunteer shoots off a starter gun and three athletes burst forward from the starting lane

Kirksville Area Track and Field Competition

April 23 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kirksville, Missouri

Entries are due to Alyssa by Monday, April 4th.  Questions? Contact Alyssa at cress@somo.org.

Track

KC Metro Area Track

April 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
901 NE Douglas St
Lee's Summit, MO 64086 United States

Entries due to Alyssa by Monday, April 4th.  Questions? Contact cress@somo.org

Two soccer athletes strain to track down the ball while a defender tries to chase them down

STLM Area Soccer Tournament

April 24
425 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63131 United States
Track

SW Area Spring Games – Clever High School

April 27 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
6800 State Highway 14 W
Clever, MO 65631

SW Area Spring Games Hosted by Clever High School April 27th Opening Ceremonies 9:15 AM Events 9:30-1:30 Young Athletes (ages 2-7) 9:30 – 11:00 Physical Deadline March 25th Contact fornelli@somo.org

CJ Awards

SW Area Spring Games – Carl Junction High School

April 29 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
806 W Z Hwy
Carl Junction, MO 64834 United States

SW Area Spring Games Hosted by Carl Junction High School April 29th Opening Ceremonies 9:15 AM Events 9:30-1:30 Young Athletes (ages 2-7) 9:30 – 11:00 Physical Deadline March 25th Contact…

A long jump athlete flies through the air with arms outstretched as they are about to land in the sand

Carrollton Track and Field Local Invitational

May 5 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

questions or to get involved? Please contact Alyssa at cress@somo.org

A group of young athletes break off the line during a track race

STLM Area Spring Games

May 7
800 Maryville Centre Dr.
Town & Country, Missouri 63017
CJ Awards

Belton Local Track (School Aged)

May 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
801 W North Ave
Belton, MO 64012 United States

This Local track meet is for school aged athletes. Entries due to Alyssa by Monday, April 25th.  Questions? Contact Cress@somo.org

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2022 State Summer Games

May 20 - May 22

2022 State Summer Games taking place in Columbia on May 20-22.  Times and Locations TBA. For more information contact Tim Schuster at schuster@somo.org

Every four years, the USA National Games provide an opportunity for athletes to compete at the national level in summer sports. The 2018 USA Games were held in Seattle. The 2022 USA Games are set for Orlando. 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. For more info, email us!

June 5-11, 2022 Orlando, FL

We're officially taking 97 athletes, 27 coaches/sports managers, and 8 staff to the 2022 USA Games in Orlando!

Team sports:

  • Basketball (Women's) 3-on-3 -- two teams
  • Flag Football (Unified) -- two teams

Individual sports:

  • Athletics
  • Bocce
  • Bowling
  • Golf (Levels 1: female only; Levels 2-3: male only)
  • Powerlifting
  • Swimming
  • Tennis (1 female spot; 1 male spot; 1 female Unified Partner spot)

Every four years, Special Olympics conducts a national summer games in the United States that includes athletes from all 52 US Programs.

The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games will bring 3,500 athletes to the greater Orlando area to compete in a variety of sports at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

2022 USA Games Logo
A track and field athlete in pink and purple Team Missouri attire runs toward the camera while holding a baton and eyes wide with a strained facial expression
A group of 100 athletes and volunteers pose for a photo on a grassy hill in front of large purple letters that spell out "Rise with Us"
An athlete wearing a purple Team Missouri uniform successfully lifts a large amount of weight with a Special Olympics logo and countdown timer in the background

In addition to competing on the national stage, Missouri athletes have the prestigious honor of representing their country on the global stage as part of the Special Olympics World Games.

World Games usually happen every two years and alternate between summer and winter sports. We've had numerous athletes from Missouri compete with Special Olympics USA at World Games over the years.

If you're interested in the World Games in any way, please contact us or visit the links below for each of the next two World Games!