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 January 2022

Contact your local staff for more information on what sports we are offering in early 2021.

News & Announcements

Depending on COVID-19, bowling season will begin again in early 2021. Bowling season won't begin until late 2021.

Here are the most recent updates regarding COVID-19 and our Return to Play protocols.

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State Summer Games

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

News & Announcements

We're back! After two years without a State Summer Games, we are incredibly excited to offer this competition in 2021.

It won't be the same as previous State Summer Games as we are still under our Return to Play protocols, but we're ready to welcome you all back to competition and we will make the most of it.

All athletes will compete at Hickman High School (1104 N. Providence Rd., Columbia).

Coaches: Register your teams here

As we have more information, we'll post it here.



9:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremony
10 a.m.: Competition begins
5 p.m.: Competition ends

Will also have Healthy Athletes and Sports Zone.


State Outdoor Games

(Jefferson City) 2021 dates are TBD: Bocce, golf, and tennis will be on one weekend, while softball and flag football will be on another weekend.

News & Announcements

We are hoping to still offer the 2021 State Outdoor Games this Sept./Oct. in Jefferson City, but with COVID-19 numbers on the rise across the state, we can't guarantee anything quite yet. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Here are the most recent updates regarding COVID-19 and our Return to Play protocols.


Coming soon


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.

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KC/North Area Softball Tournament

July 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
2202 Waterworks
Saint Joseph, MO 64501 United States

Team entries are due to Alyssa by Monday, June 28th.  Questions? Please contact Alyssa Cress at


KC Area Tennis Tournament

July 28 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4747 Mill Creek Pkwy
Kansas City, MO 64112 United States

Team entries are due to Alyssa by Wednesday, July 14th.  Please email entries to Questions? Contact Alyssa at

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SW Area Golf Tournament

August 2 @ 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
2000 Richard Webster Drive
Carthage, MO 64836 United States

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Kc Metro/North Area Golf Tournament

August 4 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
8905 Shoal Creek Golf Course
Kansas City, MO 64157 United States

Entries are due to Alyssa by Friday, July 23rd.   Questions? Please email Alyssa at


Kc Metro/North Area Bocce Tournament

August 14 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
19310 E 50th Terrace
Independence, MO 64055 United States

Entries are due to Alyssa by Friday, July 23rd. Questions? Please email Alyssa at

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State Outdoor Games Week 1

September 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

State Outdoor Games Week 1 Jefferson City Missouri

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State Outdoor Games Week 2

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

State Outdoor Games Week 2 Jefferson City Missouri

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KC Area Basketball

October 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
801 W North Ave
Belton, MO 64012 United States

Team entries are due to Alyssa by Friday October 8th.   Questions? Please contact Alyssa at

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State Bowling Tournament

December 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

State Bowling Tournament St. Charles Missouri

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.

How to Qualify and Job Descriptions

Athletes/Unified Partners:

  • For team sports, you must have won a gold medal at any state competition in the sport you're applying for between 2017 State Summer Games and 2021 State Summer Games; you must apply as a team, not as an individual
  • For individual sports, you must have won a gold medal at any state competition in the sport you're applying for between 2018 State Summer Games and 2021 State Summer Games
  • More details in this Athlete Document

Coach Requirements and Job Description

Sports Manager Requirements and Job Description

Team Missouri Resources
  • Links coming soon!
Team Missouri Fundraising

Personal fundraising pages will be created for every athlete, coach, and Unified Partner on Team Missouri.

When promoting your fundraisers, you are NOT allowed to use the USA Games logo with the blue/orange/green circle and "Orlando" on it. You are ONLY allowed to use the MO Magic logo that says "Special Olympics Missouri" (logo linked under "Resources" below). Thisthis and this are all examples of what you CAN do for your fundraising poster.

Team Updates/Mobile App

The best way to stay in-the-know with how Team Missouri is doing while we are out in Orlando is through our mobile app. We will send out nightly newsletter recaps to those of you on our email listserv, but for real-time updates, you will want to have the mobile app. It's a great way to track the team, look through all of the newsletters in one section, see the daily schedule, read up on delegate bios and see the user-posted photos from the Sunshine State.

Whether you will watch Team Missouri athletes compete in Orlando or you just want to follow their progress from afar, the Team Missouri mobile app has feature to enhance your experience cheering them on:

  • Schedules
  • Newsletters/updates on daily competitions
  • Maps/directions
  • Communicate with other parents/coaches
  • Photo gallery
  • Alerts from SOMO

The mobile app will not be ready for download until early 2022, so stay tuned!

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
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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!