Summer Games

Opening Ceremonies

The 2018 Summer Games began on Friday June 8 at Nickerson Field at Boston University. We were excited to have Trenni Kusnierek of NBC Sports Boston co-host the 2018 Summer Games Opening Ceremonies with Special Olympics athlete, Amanda Church!

Trenni is a sports anchor/reporter for NBC Sports Boston. She has worked in sports journalism since 2000, starting her career in Eau Claire, WI and since has worked in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Boston, and at the national level for the MLB Network, ABC Sports and Big Ten Network. Trenni has had the opportunity to cover all four major sports, including the World Series and the Super Bowl. She has also reported from national championship games, three Olympic Games and PGA majors.


Amanda is a Special Olympics athlete with the Life Program on the Cape. Amanda has been competing in Special Olympics for more than 15 years and currently competes in basketball, swimming, and soccer. She represented the United States in swimming at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles! This was Amanda’s second time hosting the Opening Ceremonies!

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

Coming to the 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.


Summer Games 2019 June 7th -9th

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

Spring Sports Season Information

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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 programing. 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