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.
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.
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.
State Summer Games
(Columbia) 2021 dates TBD: Athletics, Swimming, Powerlifting and Volleyball
We are hoping to still offer the 2021 State Summer Games this May/June at the University of Missouri in Columbia, 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.
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.
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.
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!
- Basketball (Men's) 5-on-5 (Unified)
- Basketball (Women's) 3-on-3 -- two teams
- Flag Football (Unified)
- Golf (Levels 1: female only; Levels 2-3: male only)
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.
- 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
- Links coming soon!
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). This, this and this are all examples of what you CAN do for your fundraising poster.
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:
- Newsletters/updates on daily competitions
- Communicate with other parents/coaches
- Photo gallery
- Alerts from SOMO
- SO MUCH MORE!
The mobile app will not be ready for download until early 2022, so stay tuned!
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!