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 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 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

May 20-22, 2022 (Mizzou & Rock Bridge High School -- Columbia): 

  • State Summer Games will be held May 20-22, 2022 in Columbia, MO
  • More than 1,000 athletes, coaches and unified partners
  • Two locations: Mizzou, Rock Bridge High School
  • Opening Ceremony will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Carnahan Quad
  • Healthy Athletes will be held Saturday night with the dance and entertainment to follow.
  • 4 events: Track & Field (Saturday/Sunday), Aquatics (Saturday), Powerlifting (Saturday) and Volleyball (Friday)
  • Be sure to download our app or check out the web version!
  • Want to volunteer? Click here!

State Outdoor Games

Oct. 7-9, 2022 (Jefferson City)

  • Estimated 1,000 athletes, coaches and Unified partners
  • 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 will be held Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Binder Sports Complex
  • Healthy Athletes will be held Friday, Oct. 7 at Blair Oaks High School and Saturday, Oct. 8 at Binder Sports Complex and the Training for Life Campus.
  • 5 Sports: Bocce (Friday), Golf (Friday), Tennis (Friday), Softball (Friday night and Saturday), Flag Football (Sunday)
  • App information coming soon!
  • Want to volunteer? Click here!
  • Want to be a sponsor? Click here for more information!

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!

June 5-12, 2022 Orlando, FL

We brought 77 athletes, 24 coaches/sports managers, 17 unified partners and 8 staff members to the 2022 USA Games in Orlando!

In total – Team Missouri brought home 71 medals in nine different sports!

Team Missouri Fact Sheet

Full Recap Video

Full Recap Article

Team Missouri Photos

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 brought 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
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Team Missouri poses for a picture outside of Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla. ahead of the 2022 USA Games Opening Ceremonies on Sunday, June 5, 2022.
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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 is excited to announce it's now accepting nominations for the 2023 Special Olympics World Games! Missouri has a quota of one male powerlifter.

To nominate a male powerlifter, you'll need to fill out this form and email it to Susan Shaffer at The deadline to complete the form is July 30, 2022.

The World Games will be held in Berlin, Germany June 17-25, 2023.

Questions? Contact Susan Shaffer at