USA Games & World Games

USA Games

2018 USA Games

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will be hosted by Seattle, Washington on July 1-6, 2018. 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 Olympic-style individual and team sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and over 60,000 family, friends and spectators.

The Special Olympics USA Games celebrate the Special Olympics movement, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport, and showcase athletes from throughout the U.S. and the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. The USA Games also highlight Special Olympics' work in sport, education, health and communities.

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Special Olympics South Dakota Athletes, Coaches, and Unified Partners Interested in Attending

Special Olympics South Dakota will be selecting athletes, coaches, and unified partners to represent SOSD at the 2018 USA Games.  The official quota for SOSD will include the sports of:  Swimming, Athletics, Bocce, Unified Bocce, Team Basketball, Unified Team Basketball, and Team Softball.  Selection will be done through an application process.

It is important to note that Special Olympics South Dakota will raise all of the funds for transportation, meals, and Uniforms.  No financial obligation (other than extra spending money) is required from athletes and coaches selected.  Athletes and coaches may be asked to participate in fundraising efforts.

For those interested in participating at the 2018 USA Games as part of the SOSD Delegation please review all information and complete the application process by clicking here.

World Games

2015 Summer World Games Athletes
Ashley Clark, Bowling
John McHale, Swimming
Robert Catherman, Athletics

2017 Winter World Games

Justin Elliot, Alpine Skiing

Justin Elliot will be representing South Dakota and Special Olympics USA in Austria.
Every two years, Special Olympics holds its flagship event, the World Games, demonstrating sports excellence, which promotes equality, respect and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities around the world. Transcending the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion, the world will come together to celebrate inclusion around the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Graz, Schladming-Rohrmoos and Ramsau, Austria on March 14th -  March 25th, 2017. More than 2,600 athletes and 1,000 coaches representing 106 countries, along with 10,000 volunteers and thousands more spectators, will participate in and watch exciting sports and community events.

This is the second time Austria has hosted the World Winter Games, having also staged the event in 1993. Sports featured are Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Floor Hockey, Floorball, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, and Stick Shooting.

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