State Summer Games

Missouri State University

Springfield, Mo.
June 1-3, 2018

More than 1,000 athletes and coaches, along with family and friends from across Missouri will converge in Springfield June 1-3, 2018, for the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games.  We're excited to be in the Springfield community and can't wait to see all the support that we know you can give us!

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Athletics (Track & Field)


Friday, June 1    
10 a.m. Registration (Volleyball) Hammons Student Center
10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Volleyball Hammons Student Center
Noon-12:30 p.m. Lunch pick-up Hammons Student Center
3 p.m. Downtown Torch Run begins Downtown Springfield
3-10 p.m. Coaches' Registration Hammons Student Center
4:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner (Coaches and athletes only) Blair-Shannon Hall
5-6:30 p.m. Dinner (for families) - FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED First & Calvary Presbyterian Church (820 E. Cherry St.)
5:45 p.m. Torch Run MSU Campus
6:30 p.m. Parade of Athletes line-up Hammons Student Center
7 p.m. Opening Ceremony Hammons Student Center
8:30 p.m. Coaches' Meeting Hammons Student Center
Saturday, June 2    
6-8 a.m. Breakfast (coaches and athletes) Blair-Shannon Hall
7 a.m.-4 p.m. Coaches' Registration Hammons Student Center
7 a.m.-4 p.m. Track and Field MSU Track
8:30 a.m. Swimming Coaches' Meeting/Warm-Up Hammons Student Center
9 a.m. Powerlifting Coaches' Meeting Hammons Student Center
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Swimming Hammons Student Center
9:30-10:30 a.m. Powerlifting weigh-in Hammons Student Center
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Victory Village Bear Blvd.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Healthy Athletes Parking lot of MSU Track
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Powerlifting Hammons Student Center
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch pick-up Parking lot of MSU Track
4:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner (coaches and athletes) Blair-Shannon Hall
6-7 p.m. Athlete Input Council Blair-Shannon lobby
7-9 p.m. Dance Bear Blvd.
7-9 p.m. Bingo and Kickball Hammons Student Center
7:30 p.m. Coaches' Input Council Hammons Student Center
Sunday, June 3    
6-8 a.m. Breakfast (coaches and athletes) Blair-Shannon Hall
7 a.m.-noon Coaches' registration MSU Track
7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Track and field MSU Track


Fact Sheet

2018 SSG Fact Sheet by SOMissouri on Scribd

Mobile app

For updates over the weekend, please download the State Summer Games mobile app!

The State Summer Games app has these feature to enhance your State Summer Games experience:

  • Schedules
  • Maps/directions
  • Communicate with other parents/coaches
  • Photo gallery
  • Coupons for local eateries
  • Alerts from SOMO

There are two ways to download our app:

1. Open the app store on your mobile device and search ‘Whova.’ Once Whova is downloaded, open that app and search ‘State Summer Games’ and select it and you’re good to go.

2. Scan the QR code in the poster below to take you directly there

PLEASE NOTE: The only way you will receive updates on the games from SOMO staff is through this app. If you do not want to download our app, but still want to receive announcements from SOMO, please send your first name, last name AND email to and you will receive our announcements to your email.





A free family dinner will be provided from 5-6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 2 at the First & Calvary Presbyterian Church. Donations will be accepted. It is hosted by the Knights of Columbus.


If you are interested in volunteering at the State Summer Games, you can visit our volunteer website here to sign up online. Volunteers play a crucial role in putting on these games for our athletes. We rely on volunteers for everything from setup and tear down to timekeepers and awards assistance. No sports knowledge is required, and each volunteer will receive a free T-shirt along with a rewarding experience!

If you're a part of a group wanting to volunteer (civic clubs, schools, churches, businesses, etc.) and want an experience of a lifetime to build team morale, please email Kami Delameter.

Click here for a video explaining what to expect when you volunteer

Choose the day that works for you and register online:

Friday, June 1
Volleyball (AM and PM shifts available)
Photographer (AM and PM shifts available)
Opening Ceremony assistant

Saturday, June 2
Track & Field assistants (AM and PM shifts available)
Aquatics assistant (AM and PM shifts available)
Healthy Athletes
Photographer (AM and PM shift available)
Bingo assistant

Sunday, June 3
Track & Field assistants (AM and PM shifts available)



The mission of the screenings developed by Special Olympics Inc., is to improve, through better health and fitness, each athlete’s ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. The screenings will show if referral care is needed.  All screenings are FREE! So it is important that the athletes visit the (5) disciplines offered. The screenings are led by medical volunteers from across Missouri, so we want to show our appreciation by participating and keeping them busy!

FUNFITNESS: A physical therapy screening program that is designed to assess and improve physical strength, flexibility, balance and aerobic fitness, educate athletes and parents on the importance of becoming and staying physically fit. Thanks to the Missouri Physical Therapy Association.

SPECIAL SMILES:  Dentists and hygienists provide one-on-one instruction on proper tooth brushing techniques, an oral health screening, and information on the value of nutrition in maintaining good oral health.  Athletes receive a FREE toothbrush & other dental hygiene items. Thanks to the Missouri Dental Association, Jordan Valley Community Health Center & The Smile Spot.

FIT FEET: Podiatrists evaluate ankles, feet, lower extremity biomechanics and proper shoe and sock gear.  Thanks to Dr. Scott Foster and Dr. Terry Sanders with Columbia Podiatry.

HEALTHY HEARING:  Athletes are screened to detect any hearing problems.  Conducted by trained audiologists, this screening will alert the athlete to any hearing loss. Thanks to Dr. Letitia White, PH.D, CCC-A & Missouri State University Audiology Department.




If you're interested in helping out the State Summer Games in a different fashion than just volunteering, maybe a sponsorship is what you're looking for! Look over the different sponsorship levels and contact Carol Griffin if you have any questions.



From St. Louis

-Take 44 West
-Take exit 82A merge onto US-65 S toward Branson
-Take US-65 BUS/Chestnut Expressway exit
-Keep right at fork and merge onto E. Chestnut Expressway
-Left onto National
-Right onto Bear Blvd.

From Cape Girardeau
-Take 55 South
-Take exit 66B onto US60 West-Stay on 60 West
-Take National Ave. exit
- Merge onto S. National Ave.
- Turn left onto Bear Blvd.

From Kansas City
-Take US 71 South
-Take exit 157 for MO-7 South toward Clinton and follow MO-7 South
-Continue onto MO-13 S
-Turn left onto E. Chestnut Expressway.
-Turn right onto National
-Turn left onto Bear Blvd.

From Columbia/Jeff City
-Take 63 South
-Merge onto 54W/63S
-Turn right merge onto MO-5 S
-Turn left onto N. Jefferson
-Merge onto I-44
-Take exit 82A and merge onto US65 South toward Branson
-Take US-65 BUS/Chestnut Expressway exit
-Keep right at fork and merge onto E. Chestnut Expressway
-Left onto National
- Right onto Bear Blvd.

Renting a vehicle?

Choose Enterprise at this link for a special deal for SOMO fans.


The following are SOMO's preferred hotels: 

Best Western Plus Coach House Inn
2535 N Glenstone Ave, Springfield, MO 65803

Greenstay Hotel & Suites
222 North Ingram Mill Road, Springfield, MO 65802

La Quinta Inn & Suites-Springfield South
2535 South Campbell, Springfield, MO 65807

Days Inn South
621 W Sunshine St, Springfield, MO 65807

University Plaza
333 S John Q Hammons Pkwy, Springfield, MO 65806


2018 Summer Games Coaches Handbook by SOMissouri on Scribd




Donations are needed to cover the cost of this event. Businesses interested in sponsoring this event should contact Carol Griffin at 573-635-1660. Donations can also be mailed to Special Olympics Missouri - 2016 State Summer Games, 1001 Diamond Ridge, Suite 800, Jefferson City, MO 65109.

Thank you to these generous sponsors:

LETR, law enforcement         






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