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 January 2022

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

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 softball athlete swings at the ball while their teammates look on from the dugout in the distance behind them

State Outdoor Games Week 1

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

State Outdoor Games Week 1 Jefferson City Missouri

An athlete jumps high into the air to catch the football while two defenders look on

State Outdoor Games Week 2

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

State Outdoor Games Week 2 Jefferson City Missouri

A group of athletes break off the starting line in track while a volunteer points a starter's pistol in the air

Central Area Athletics

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
713 S 3rd Street
Odessa, MO 64076 United States

Event to be held at Odessa High School.  Schedule TBA – For more information contact Central Area Program Director Tim Schuster at schuster@somo.org

Three athletes break off the starting line during a track and field race

Central Area Athletics

October 13
10135 State Rd C
Mokane, MO 65059 United States

Event to be held at South Callaway High School.  Schedule TBA – For more information contact Central Area Program Director Tim Schuster at schuster@somo.org

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Southwest Area Bowling – Sunshine Lanes

October 17 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1500 W. Sunshine Street
Springfield, MO 65807 United States

Southwest Area Bowling will take place over multiple Dates and  in 2 locations. Please contact your coach for your assigned event. Sunshine Lanes, 1500 W. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65807 Dates:…

Bowler

Southwest Area Bowling – Sunshine Lanes

October 21 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
1500 W. Sunshine Street
Springfield, MO 65807 United States

Southwest Area Bowling will take place over multiple Dates and  in 2 locations. Please contact your coach for your assigned event. Sunshine Lanes, 1500 W. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65807 Dates:…

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Southwest Area Bowling – Sunshine Lanes

October 22 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
1500 W. Sunshine Street
Springfield, MO 65807 United States

Southwest Area Bowling will take place over multiple Dates and  in 2 locations. Please contact your coach for your assigned event. Sunshine Lanes, 1500 W. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65807 Dates:…

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

Central Area Bowling – Columbia

October 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
1508 N Providence Rd
Columbia, MO 65203 United States

Columbia Bowling Tournament – For More Information contact Central Area Program Director Tim Schuster at schuster@somo.org

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Southwest Area Bowling – Fourth Street Bowl

October 28 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
1419 W. 4th Street
Joplin, MO 64804 United States

Southwest Area Bowling will take place over multiple Dates and  in 2 locations. Please contact your coach for your assigned event. Sunshine Lanes, 1500 W. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65807 Dates:…

Ramp Bowler

North Area Bowling

October 30 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
2870 Grand Dr
Chillicothe, MO 64601 United States

Team entries are due to Alyssa by Monday, October 11th.  Please email entries to cress@somo.org. Questions? Contact Alyssa at Cress@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!