USA & World Games

In addition to the sports competitions in Massachusetts, Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes have the opportunity to compete on the national and international stages. Every two years a World Games is held – alternating between summer and winter games. Every four years National Games showcases spring, summer and fall sports. To qualify for a national or international games team, athletes must earn a gold medal in a state level competition among other application requirements. Applications for national and world games will be made available at the beginning of the selection process.

The next USA Games will take place in Seattle, WA in July of 2018. The application process is open and all athlete application forms must be submitted by Friday, June 23, 2017 to be considered. The application is available below in the USA Games section.

World Games

2017 World Winter Games

 

World Winter Games in Graz/Schladming, Austria:

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The following individuals from Massachusetts have been selected to Special Olympics USA for  the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria :

  • Chris O’Niel – Athlete, Alpine Skiing
  • Rebecca Robinson – Athlete, Alpine Skiing
  • Patrick Adams – Athlete, Speed Skating
  • Alyssa Neil – Athlete, Speed Skating
  • Kathy Chandler – Coach, Alpine Skiing
USA Games

The next USA Games  will be held  June 30th to July 6th in Seattle Washington. Special Olympics Massachusetts will be sending a delegation of 78 athletes, coaches, staff and unified partners to participate. The games will showcase the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities and promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport.

Special Olympics Massachusetts has received the following slots for the 2018 games:

 

 

Individual Sports

  • 10 Pin Bowling   2 Females & 2 Males
  • Gymnastics 2 Females
  • Golf 1 Male 
    • This slot is for a High Performance athlete and certain requirements must be meet to fill this slot
  • Power Lifting 1 Male
    • This slot is for a High Performance athlete and certain requirements must be meet to fill this slot
  • Swimming 2 Females  & 2 Males 
    • Category 2 – 1 Female & 1 Male
      • 25M Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke
      • 50M Butterfly, Breaststroke Freestyle, Backstroke
      • 100M Freestyle
      • 2x25M, 4x50M &4x100M Freestyle & Medley Relay
    • Category 3- 1 Female & 1 Male
      • 100M Freestyle, Backstroke, Butterfly, Breaststroke, IM
      • 200M IM, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Freestyle
      • 400M Freestyle, IM
      • 800M Freestyle
      • 2x25M, 4x50M &4x100M Freestyle & Medley Relay
    • Track & Field 4 Females & 4 Males 
      • Category 3 – 2 Females & 2 Males
        • 100M, 200M, 400M Run
        • 4x100M & 4x400M Relay
        • Shot Put, Long Jump, High Jump, Pentathlon, Mini Jav
      • Category 4 – 2 Females & 1 Male
        • 400M, 800M 1500M Run
        • 4x100M & 4x400M Relay
        • Shot Put, Long Jump, High Jump, Mini Jav
      • Category 5 – 1 Male
        • 1500M, 3000M, 5000M, 10,000M Run, Half Marathon
        • Shot Put, Long Jump, High Jump, Mini Jav
        • 4x100M & 4x400M Relay

 Team Sports

  • Basketball (Traditional)
  • Flag Football (Unified)
  • Soccer (Traditional)

How to Apply:

Individual Sports:

Anyone can nominate an athlete and fill out the athlete application  for consideration. Please review the qualifications listed on the athlete application before applying. Anyone who does not meet the qualifications listed will not be considered for the selection process.

 

Team Sports

The head coach for the team must fill out the athlete application  for consideration. Team roster will be reduced to 10 and two coaches per USA Games rules. Head Coach and one assistant must accompany the team. Please review the qualifications listed on the application before applying. Anyone who does not meet the qualifications listed will not be considered for the selection process.

Officials

The 2018 Games Organizing committee is now accepting applications for officials. The online application is the initial step in the process to select officials. All applications must be submitted by May 31, 2017

Application Deadlines:

  • May 1st:  Coaches
  • May 31st Officials
  • June 23rd: Basketball, Bowling, Gymnastics, Track & Field, Swimming
  • December 1st:  Soccer & Flag Football