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.
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State Summer Games
- The State Summer Games were held May 20-22, 2022 in Columbia, MO
- More than 1,000 athletes, coaches and unified partners
- Two locations: Mizzou, Rock Bridge High School
- The Opening Ceremony was held Friday at 7 p.m. at the MizzouRec
- Healthy Athletes was Saturday night along with the dance and bingo
- 4 events: Track & Field (Saturday/Sunday), Aquatics (Saturday), Powerlifting (Saturday) and Volleyball (Friday)
- Check out all of the photos from the 2022 State Outdoor Games
- Here is the 2022 State Summer Games Fact Sheet!
State Outdoor Games
Oct. 7-9, 2022 (Jefferson City)
- The 2022 State Outdoor Games were held Oct. 7-9 in Jefferson City.
- More than 1,000 athletes, coaches, volunteers and Unified partners participated.
- You can find photos from each sport/event here: Softball, Tennis, Golf, Bocce, Flag Football, Opening Ceremony, Healthy Athletes.
- Read the full recap article here!
- Locations: Binder Sports Complex, Blair Oaks High School, Capital City High School, Jefferson City High School, Oak Hills Golf Center and SOMO's Training for Life Campus
- The Opening Ceremony was held on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at Binder Sports Complex.
- Healthy Athletes was held on Friday, Oct. 7 at Blair Oaks High School and Saturday, Oct. 8 at Binder Sports Complex and the Training for Life Campus.
- THEME: Disco
- 5 Sports: Bocce (Friday), Golf (Friday), Tennis (Friday), Softball (Friday night and Saturday), Flag Football (Sunday)
- Want to volunteer at a future event? Click here!
- Click here for the latest tentative schedule
- Click here to view the Fact Sheet & Map!
- Statewide Sponsors: University of Missouri System | MU Health Care | University of Missouri | Casey's | Diamond Pet Foods | LETR | Knights of Columbus
- Gold Level Sponsors: KRCG | United Healthcare | Midwest Special Needs Trust | DKB Plumb Supply
- For the most up-to-date information, make sure you download the mobile app! To download, you can either scan the QR code below OR search the Apple or Google Play app stores and search for “Whova.” You’ll need an email to sign up. Once you have downloaded the Whova app, search for “State Outdoor Games 2022” and connect to our event. Use the invitation code: StateOutdoorGames2022.
West Basketball Regional Tournament
Saturday, February 4th, 2022 in St. Joseph, MO.
More information coming soon!
Every four years, the USA National Games provide an opportunity for athletes to compete at the national level in summer sports. The 2022 USA Games were held in Orlando. The 2026 USA Games will be in Minneapolis, Minn. 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!
- Basketball (Women's) 3-on-3 -- two teams
- Flag Football (Unified) -- two teams
- Golf (Levels 1: female only; Levels 2-3: male only)
- 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 brought 3,500 athletes to the greater Orlando area to compete in a variety of sports at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
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.
Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) is very excited to announce longtime athlete Charlie Phillips has been nominated to represent Special Olympics Missouri and Special Olympics USA at the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, Germany.
Charlie learned about this amazing honor at the Missouri Western State University football game back in September. You can watch the emotional surprise announcement during the first quarter break in the video below.
Before he’s officially selected to compete for Special Olympics USA, he had to complete Special Olympics USA Team Trials in San Antonio, Texas this past November. He will find out if he made the team soon!
Charlie was the only SOMO athlete to be nominated for the 2023 Special Olympics World Games.
The Special Olympics World Games will be held June 17-25 in Berlin, Germany. 7,000 Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners from approximately 170 countries will compete in 24 sports. The athletes will be supported by more than 3,000 coaches and 20,000 volunteers.
The Special Olympics World Games offer the opportunity to unite the world like no other event can. Here people with and without disabilities, people of different nations, cultures, political views and religions meet and can overcome existing prejudices with the power of sport.