Summer Games

Opening Ceremonies

The 2020 Summer Games will begin on Friday June 12 at Nickerson Field at Boston University with block party at 5 p.m. and opening ceremonies to follow.

We are very lucky to have Special Olympics athlete, Amanda Church and New England Patriots and NFL Insider, Tom E. Curran as our co-hosts for the evening.

Amanda Church has been competing in Special Olympics for more than 17 years and currently competes in basketball, swimming and soccer. She competed in swimming at the 2015 World Games in LA and is a member of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Hall of Fame. Amanda Co-hosted last year’s Opening Ceremonies and did a fantastic job!

Tom E. Curran has been a leading voice on the New England Patriots and the NFL since 1997. First at the MetroWest Daily News, then with the Providence Journal. He covered the Patriots during their post-Bill Parcells lull and Belichick-Brady rise. After four years as NBCSports.com’s NFL insider and general columnist, Tom returned to the Patriots beat and his New England roots with NBC Sports Boston. Tom’s unique voice and leading-edge analysis have set him apart locally and nationally. in 2018, Tom hosted the Special Olympics Massachusetts Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony


The Largest Annual Special Olympics Event in Massachusetts

Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer Games is hosted every June in Boston and it serves as the season ending state tournaments for our spring sports:

  • Athletics (track & field)
  • Gymnastics
  • Power Lifting
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Summer Games Event Guide

Coming to Summer Games?

Fans – including friends, family and locals – are encouraged to come out to support the 2,000+ athletes as they go for gold. The event is free to attend including access to all events. The tournament is run rain or shine and many events are indoors and offer shade to spectators.

In addition to the ongoing sports action, vendors with information from local sports teams, advocacy groups who support individuals with disabilities, food and souvenirs are on hand to entertain between competitions.

One of the highlights for fans and athletes alike is the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Cruiser Convoy. Law enforcement officers from across Massachusetts converge on the Harvard Athletic Complex with over 150 cruisers, motorcycles and specialty police vehicles to help spread awareness and support for Special Olympics. Learn more about our partnership with Law Enforcement.

Transportation & Parking information


Summer Games 2020 June 12th -14th

All event information is available via the Special Olympics Massachusetts online calendar

Spring Sports Season Information for coaches

Our venues:

Get Involved

Want to be a part of this great event?  Special Olympics Massachusetts is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers who want to deliver sports to the 12,000+ athletes with intellectual disabilities who participate in our programming. This is the largest sporting event of the year and we rely on approximately 1,400 volunteers to plan and execute this flagship event. These volunteer roles are wonderful opportunities to support, cheer-on, encourage and congratulate the athletes as they compete and showcase all of their hard work and training.

Volunteer roles include:

  • Certified Officials
  • Scorekeepers
  • Timers
  • Athlete Guides
  • Announcers
  • Photographers
  • Medical & First Aid


To get involved visit our online volunteer registration portal or for more information please email us.

Press / Media

Contact: Charles Hirsch