The online family and fans pre-registration is now closed.

2016 SSG family survey
If you did not get to sign up online, please stop by the Family and Volunteer tent that will be located on Bear Blvd. and John Q. Hammons Pkwy to register and get your family wristband.

Those that did register on line, please stop by the tent to get your wristband and FREE gift.

See you at the games!
The survey is now closed.

State Summer Games

Missouri State University
Springfield, Mo.
May 20-22, 2016

More than 2,000 athletes and coaches, along with family and friends from across Missouri will converge in Springfield May 20-22, 2016, for the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games. This will be the second year back in Springfield since 2011. We're excited to be back 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, May 20
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Volleyball Competition, Hammons Student Center
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.: STRIVE/TRAIN (Healthy Athletes), Hammons Student Center
3 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Coaches Registration, Hammons Student Center 
7:30 p.m.: Opening Ceremony, Hammons Student Center
9 p.m.: Coaches' Meeting, Hammons Student Center, Upper Level East Side

Saturday, May 21
7 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Coaches Registration, Hammons Student Center
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Track & Field Competition, MSU Track & Soccer Complex
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Aquatics Competition, 
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Victory Village, Bear Blvd outside Hammons Student Center
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Healthy Athletes Park (Opening Eyes, Special Smiles, Healthy Hearing, FunFitness)
10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Powerlifting Competition, Hammons Student Center
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Bingo & Dance, Hammons Student Center

Sunday, May 22
7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Track & Field Competition, MSU Track & Soccer Complex 


2016 State Summer Games map


Sign up to volunteer here! 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!  Click here for a video explaining what to expect when you volunteer. Choose the day that works for you and register online:


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.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1117 E St. Louis St.
Springfield, MO
Double $92/Night
(417) 862-0070

University Plaza Hotel
333 S John Q Hammons Pkwy 
Springfield, MO, 65806
417. 864.7333 

Best Western Rt. 66 Rail Haven
203 S Glenstone Ave
Springfield, MO 65802

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


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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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