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 USA Games showcases spring, summer and fall sports. To qualify for a USA or World Games team, athletes must earn a medal in a state level competition among other application requirements. Applications for USA and World Games will be made available at the beginning of the selection process.
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The USA Games will be held in 2022 from June 5-12 in Orlando, Florida. Special Olympics Massachusetts will send a delegation of more than 60 athletes and Unified partners and 21 coaches to participate. The games showcase the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities and promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport.
Below are the slots that Team Massachusetts will be sending:
- 10 pin Bowling (Kevin Auger, Chris Charest, Katherine Meuiner, Jenna Thomas)
- Bocce (Joel Goodrow, Carolyn Wojcik)
- Golf (Tyler Lagasse)
- Swimming (Stephen Balerna, Anne Deforge, Gabrielle Ducharme, John Dunleavy, Shinya Honji)
- Track & field (Dee Cotter, Lumene Montissol, Chris O’Neil, Kristin Parrish, Jeremy Smith)
- Basketball (Unified, Franklin High School)
- Flag Football (Unified, Seven Hills Shamrocks)
- Softball (Unified, Milford Hawks)
- Soccer (Traditional, LIFE Force Cape Cod)
The next World Summer Games will take place June 11 – 25, 2023 in Berlin Germany -the first time that Germany has hosted the Games! Special Olympics World Games are the world’s largest inclusive sports event. Thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities compete together in 24 summer sports and Unified Sports® competitions. The city of Berlin is looking forward to a colorful international festival of sports – with the aim of achieving greater recognition and social participation of people with intellectual disabilities in our society.