State Summer Games

Missouri State University

Springfield, Mo.
May 31 - June 2, 2019

More than 1,000 athletes and coaches, along with family and friends from across Missouri will converge in Springfield May 31 - June 2, 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!

Donate Here! 

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Athletics (Track & Field)

SCHEDULE: coming soon! 



Fact Sheet: coming soon!

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.








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, May 31
Volleyball (AM and PM shifts available)
Photographer (AM and PM shifts available)
Opening Ceremony assistant

Saturday, June 1
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 2
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!



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: 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
3050 N. Kentwood, Springfield, MO 65803
(417) 708-4699

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

Downloads: coming soon!




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 - 2019 State Summer Games, 305 Special Olympics Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

Thank you to these generous sponsors:

LETR, law enforcement             



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