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 experience kicking off Friday, June 12 — the day that would have marked the start of this year’s three-day event. See the full announcement from President & CEO Jeff Mohler here.
Details are still being finalized and will be added to this page soon. In the meantime, read below to find out how you can be a part of our plans to engage, inspire, and unite.
June 12: Flame of Hope Torch Run
Watch live on our website or on our Facebook page as representatives of law enforcement agencies across the state help kick off the 2020 Summer Games and show us what it truly means to be a “Guardian of the Flame.” Participants in this special LETR event are raising money and awareness for Special Olympics athletes across Indiana by carrying the torch while practicing social distancing in their own communities. Click below to find out how you can support their efforts and make a difference for athletes in your community and beyond.
June 12: Opening Ceremonies
Also streaming on our website and live on Facebook, our virtual Opening Ceremonies will aim to inspire and unite athletes and fans across the state. Featuring many of the same elements enjoyed by thousands each year at the Hulman Center, this special event will include the national anthem, lighting of the cauldron following the arrival of the Flame of Hope, videos and encouragement from our friends, supporters and athletes across the state, and an address by President & CEO Jeff Mohler.
The evening will wrap up as it always does: with an athlete dance party where you can be a part of the fun!
*Virtual dance party cannot be live streamed due to copyright considerations. Instructions for participating will be provided at a later date.
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.
More information coming soon!
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.