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.

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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State Bowling Tournament

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

State Bowling Tournament St. Charles Missouri

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Virtual Introduction to Athlete Leadership

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Athlete Leadership programs (ALPs) provides training for athletes who wish to expand their role in Special Olympics Missouri to much more than just on the field of competition. Our athletes…

2021 Owensville Local Bowl

December 10 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
1011 MO-19
Owensville, MO 65066 United States

Owensville Local Bowling Tournament.  Contact Tim Schuster at with any questions.    

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Southwest Area Bowling – Fourth Street Bowl

December 10 @ 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:…

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STLM Area Basketball Tournament

January 16, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
803 Pinckney Dr.
Warrenton, MO 63383 United States

All games will take place in Warren County, MO.

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KC Area Basketball

January 22, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
801 W North Ave
Belton, MO 64012 United States

Team entries are due to Alyssa by Friday January 7th   Questions? Please contact Alyssa at

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KC Metro Area Aquatics Meet

April 2, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
18200 MO-78
Independence, MO 64057 United States

Entries due to Alyssa by Monday, March 21st.   Questions? Contact Alyssa at


SW Area Powerlifting

April 2, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
509 W. MO-174
Republic, MO 65738 United States

SW Area Powerlifting Saturday, April 2nd CrossFit Republic, 509 W MO-174, Republic, MO 65738 Times To Be Announced Events: Bench Press, Deadlift, Squats and Combos Contact for more information…

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STLM Area Soccer Tournament

April 24, 2022
425 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63131 United States

SW Area Spring Games – Clever High School

April 27, 2022 @ 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

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!