Be a part of our first-ever Virtual Summer Games!
As our largest annual event, Summer Games represents the pinnacle of competition for the more than 18,000 people we serve each year, with delegations from every part of the state bringing athletes to compete in a variety of our most popular sports. But the Summer Games experience transcends sports for all those involved; it is a weekend of camaraderie, inclusion, excitement, and—most of all—pure joy.
Due to ongoing concerns related to limiting the spread of COVID-19, we will be unable to gather in Terre Haute for this annual celebration of the spirit of Special Olympics. But together, Unified By Hope, we can still share in the joy of Special Olympics through a Virtual Summer Games competition engaging athletes, Unified partners, coaches, and volunteers in five-weeks of at-home sports and fitness challenges.
Flame of Hope Torch Run
Kicking off our 2020 Virtual Summer Games, the Flame of Hope Torch Run is a unique fundraising event bringing together law enforcement officers and agencies from across the state to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics athletes while practicing social distancing in their own communities. Click below to learn more and donate today to help ensure that people with intellectual disabilities across Indiana continue to experience the joy of Special Olympics even during this difficult time.
Virtual Opening Ceremonies
Signifying the official start of our 2020 Summer Games Sports & Fitness Challenge, this year’s Opening Ceremonies were hosted by comedian Craig Tornquist and Johnson County athlete Liam Price and streamed live on our website and Facebook page on Friday, June 12. See what you missed or relive your favorite moments as thousands of athletes, families, volunteers, and supporters across the state came together (virtually) for the first time in months to be inspired, entertained, and #UnifiedByHope.
June 13 – July 20: Sports & Fitness Challenge
Our first-ever Virtual Summer Games will be comprised of a sports and fitness challenge taking place over the course of five weeks, where County Programs AND individual athletes will compete for points, prizes, and awards. Challenges will feature activities that can athletes can do at home, in their neighborhoods, or in parks or other public areas as allowed and while maintaining social distancing protocols.
Check out the videos below to learn more about the rules and how to complete the required activities from home. NOTE: To participate and earn points for your county, you must contact your County Coordinator before you begin.
Share your favorite Summer Games highlights!
While not required, we would love to see photos and videos of our athletes, volunteers, and partners taking on this year’s virtual Summer Games Sports & Fitness Challenge! Please use the Summer Games Highlights Form to submit up to five of your favorite photos/videos for a chance to be featured during Closing Ceremonies on July 25, 2020.
Help spread the hope this summer!
Volunteers, fans, and supporters — we want to hear from you! Use this form to share words of encouragement for our athletes, memories from previous Summer Games, or tell us what you’ve been doing with the SOIN community during this time of social distancing. Let’s lift each other up, put a smile on a face, and share some joy.
July 5: Halftime Dance Party
The first half of our 2020 Summer Games Sports & Fitness Challenge wraps up just after the 4th of July, and we want YOU to help us celebrate.
Please join us on Zoom Sunday, July 5 at 7 p.m. ET for a virtual Halftime Dance Party presented by Anytime Fitness and hosted by our good friend Craig Tornquist!
July 25: Closing Ceremonies & Awards
Join us online one more time for an awards presentation and plenty of interactive fun as we close out the 2020 (Virtual) Summer Games in style. Winners of all Summer Games challenges will be announced before we bring together athletes from across the state for another virtual dance party.