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 gold 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.

Check out the article from the Community Advocate about the basketball team that traveled to the UAE with Special Olympics USA. If you are a member of the press and would like any information or to contact any athletes, please contact charles.hirsch@specialolympicsma.org. Additional media information can be found in the World Games section below.

World Winter Games

2021 World Winter Games

The next World Winter Games will take place in February 2021.

Special Olympics Massachusetts has received three Alpine Slots for 2021 Games

  • 1 athlete – Female Category 2 (intermediate)
  • 1 athlete – Female Category 3 (advanced)
  • 1 athlete – Male Category 3 (advanced)

World Summer Games

2019 World Summer Summer Games

World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

March 14 – 21, 2019

Special Olympics USA logo

Athletes from Massachusetts competed for Special Olympics USA at the 2019 World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:


  • Colin Davidson
  • Ryan Dixon
  • Zachary Englehart
  • Joseph Jamros
  • Matthew Millett
  • Brian Millis
  • Liam O’Brien
  • Matthew Roy
  • Josh Sargent
  • Marc Russell
  • Bill O’Brien (Coach)
  • Keith Peabody (Coach)
  • Merrill Englehart (Coach)


  • George Kent III (Coach)


  • Pat Diskin (Coach)
World Games Media Resources:

2018 USA Games

The USA Games  were held in 2018 from July 1-6 in Seattle, Washington. Special Olympics Massachusetts sent a delegation of 50 athletes and 28 coaches, staff and Unified partners to participate. The games showcased the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities and promoted the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport. Team Massachusetts came home with 41 medals! Read more about how Team Massachusetts did at the 2018 USA Games on our blog.

Watch the Team Massachusetts Announcement hosted by Bank of America

Individual Sports

10 pin bowling

  • Paul Carey from Millbury
  • Brandon Moore from North Attleboro
  • Laurene Rice from Worcester
  • Angela Swett from Worcester
  • Coached by Eric Mahoney from Auburn


  • Samantha Berndt from Rutland
  • Samantha Vayo from Worcester
  • Coached by Margaret Szluga from Northborough


  • Tyler Lagasse from Tyngsboro
  • Coached by George Kent from Hopkinton


  • Joe Morrill from Holliston
  • Coached by Craig Buckley  from Milford


  • Timothy Canty from Auburn, MA
  • Meghan Colby from Gloucester
  • David Kriensky from West Bridgewater
  • Rebecca Zimmerman from Stoughton
  • Coached by Ann Marie Dawes from Douglas

Track & field

  • Joshua Brennan from Salisbury, CT competes with the Berkshire Red Raiders
  • Patrick Adams from Enfield, CT competes with Greater Springfield
  • Chris Charest from Worcester
  • Kelsey Gaffney from Milford
  • Alyssa Neil from Holyoke
  • Greg Schwartz from Medfield
  • Abby Tetrault from Hyannis
  • Rachel Wheeler from Springfield
  • Coached by Christin Santiago-Calling from West Bridgewater and Tim Walsh from Milford

Team Sports


  • Shrewsbury Pioneers
    • Colin Davidson
    • Ryan Dixon
    • Zachary Englehart
    • Joseph Jamros
    • Matthew Millett
    • Brian Mills
    • William O’Brien
    • Matthew Roy
    • Joshua Sargent
    • Joseph Walsh
    • Coaches by Bill O’Brien and Keith Peabody

Flag Football (Unified)

  • Haverhill Stars Angels
    • Greggory Chicoine
    • Jonathan Hogan
    • Nick Johnson
    • Joseph Murach
    • Brandon Tobin
    • Sarah Tobin
    • Alex Zamansky
    • Andrew Zamansky
    • Eric Zamansky
    • Noah Zamansky
    • Coached by Jay Barnes and Joseph Tobin

Soccer (Traditional)

  • Milford Fire Hawks
    • Michael Bearer
    • Sean Bernier
    • Jay Brown
    • Michael Chau
    • Melissa Clough
    • Matthew Grimes
    • Shaquille Medina
    • Matthew Miller
    • Joseph Stone
    • JP Young
    • Coached by Alex Cimino, Brandon Corshini, and Josh Trautwein

Team Massachusetts Alternates

10 Pin Bowling

  • Mary Kate Amentea
  • Joel Goodrow
  • Heather St. Germain
  • Mark Pecor


  • Wareham Wild Vikings

Flag Football

  • Milford Patriots


  • Greater Springfield Lightning


  • Lindsay Blagg
  • Jennifer Harrington
  • William Holbrook
  • John (JP) Young


  • Alex Cohen
  • Kaitlyn Critchley
  • Meghan Pelletier

Special Olympics Massachusetts Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg

  • Athlete: Danny Williamson
  • Law Enforcement Rep: Sgt. Larry Crossman

Youth Leadership Experience

  • Athlete: Ben Rizoli, Milford High
  • Unified partner: Madelyn Boyle, Milford High
  • Chaperoned by Kathy Lutz, Schools & Unified Sports Manager