2020 Fall Games Sports & Fitness Challenge

As Special Olympics Indiana continues to prioritize the health and safety of all athletes, volunteers, and families during this nearly unprecedented pandemic, in-person competition and events continue to be limited even as governmental restrictions are beginning to ease. Our County Programs are slowly returning to regular activity at their discretion and on a case-by-case basis, but our annual EKS Games scheduled for September will not go on as planned.

Instead, building upon the momentum generated by a successful Virtual Summer Games, you’re invited to be #UnifiedByHope once more for a similar event this fall: the 2020 Fall Games Sports & Fitness Challenge, promoting continued at-home exercise and hydration while celebrating a return to select sports including golf, softball, volleyball and distance run/walk.

Read on to find out how you can earn a gold medal this fall — along with a finisher medal for participating in the Lilly 1,000 Mile Challenge — and contact your County Coordinator with questions.

State Tournaments: Softball, Volleyball, Golf, Distance Run/Walk

Thousands of athletes across the state are itching for a return to in-person Special Olympics competition, and we’re excited to announce that our sport-specific protocols will allow for an in-person 2020 State Tournament for softball and volleyball! Additional state-level competitions will be held remotely in golf and distance run/walk, where scores will be recorded during a local gathering and reported by County Programs before awards are distributed by the State Office. Corn Toss competition will take place at the County level only (no state awards), while Flag Football and Equestrian competitions will not be held this year.

Again, please note that all County Programs are returning to in-person competition at their discretion and only when necessary safety precautions are in place. Contact your local County Management Team for more information about local and state competitions this fall.

Virtual Competition: September & October Challenges

Among the highlights of our 2020 Virtual Summer Games was the incredible way in which our athletes took charge of their health and fitness and found creative ways to stay active while earning points. So, whether you’re ready to get back into the in-person action this fall or not, ALL Special Olympics Indiana athletes and Unified partners are invited to compete in a pair of virtual challenges in September and October where the goal is simple: to develop and maintain healthy habits.

Check out the short video below by President & CEO Jeff Mohler including an invitation to accept the September Challenge:


  • Tuesday, Sept. 1 – Wednesday, Sept. 30
  • Open to all registered Special Olympics Indiana athletes and Unified partners
  • Individual competition, no County awards
  • Participants can earn up to two points per day: one point for completing at least 30 minutes of physical activity, one point for drinking at least five bottles/glasses of water. *Any sport or exercise can count, but selected activities should raise the heart rate
  • Participants are responsible for tracking and reporting their points.
  • Medals and ribbons will be awarded based upon final point totals.
    • All participants earning at least 50 of the available 60 total points will earn a gold medal.
    • Silver medals will be awarded for point totals between 40 and 49.
    • Bronze medals will be awarded for point totals between 30 and 39.
    • Fourth place ribbons will be awarded for point totals between 20 and 29.
    • Fifth place ribbons will be awarded for point totals between 10 and 19.
  • Bonus points can be earned by participating in the Lilly 1,000 Mile Challenge (details below).

Contact Manager of Sports Programs Patrick Kozlowski with any questions.

Lilly 1,000 Mile Challenge: Walking our Way to Orlando

In partnership with our friends at Eli Lilly and Company and in recognition of Lilly’s 2020 Global Day of Service, Special Olympics Indiana is proud to host a special event in conjunction with the 2020 Fall Games Sports & Fitness Challenge: the Lilly 1,000 Mile Challenge, a virtual step contest running Sept. 24 – Oct. 31.

Open to all Lilly employees and Special Olympics athletes who are participating in Fall Games, this new challenge invites Unified teams of up to 10 to attempt to cover a combined 1,000 miles — approximately equal to the distance from Indianapolis to Orlando, site of the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

Athletes who participate in the Lilly 1,000 Mile Challenge will automatically earn 10 bonus points toward the September Challenge. Additionally, all teams that reach the 1,000 mile mark will earn custom race finisher medals, while members of the team that logs the greatest total distance will earn $100 Finish Line gift cards.

There is a $10 fee to join a team, payable by County revenue transfer. Registration information coming soon! In the meantime, please contact your County Coordinator if you’re interested in participating.