State Summer Games

Missouri State University

Springfield, Mo.
June 2-4, 2017

More than 1,000 athletes and coaches, along with family and friends from across Missouri will converge in Springfield June 2-4, 2017, for the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games. This will be the third 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, June 2
10 a.m.: Registration (Volleyball) - Hammons Student Center
10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Volleyball - Hammons Student Center
4:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner - Blair Shannon
7-8 p.m.: Opening Ceremony - Hammons Student Center

Saturday, June 3
6-8 a.m.: Breakfast - Blair Shannon
7 a.m.-4 p.m.: Registration - Hammons Student Center
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Track & Field - Track Complex
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Aquatics - Hammons Student Center
10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Healthy Athletes Park - MSU Parking Lot No. 25
10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Victory Village - Bear Blvd.
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: Powerlifting - Hammons Student Center
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch (pick up sack lunch) - Bear Blvd.
4:30-6 p.m.: Dinner - Blair Shannon
6-7 p.m.: Athlete Input Council - Blair Shannon
7-9 p.m.: Dance/Bingo/Kickball - Hammons Student Center
7:30-8:30 p.m.: Coaches Input Council - Hammons Student Center

Sunday, June 4
6-8 a.m.: Breakfast - Blair Shannon
7 a.m.-noon: Registration - Hammons Student Center
7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Track and Field/




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

Friday, June 2
Volleyball (AM and PM shifts available)
Photographer (AM and PM shifts available)
Opening Ceremony assistant

Saturday, June 3 
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 4
Track & Field assistants (AM and PM shifts available)



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.


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



Event Guide (coming soon!)
Coach's Handbook  (coming soon!)


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


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            




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.

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