Thank you for being 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 were unable to gather in Terre Haute for this annual celebration of the spirit of Special Olympics. But together, Unified By Hope, we overcame the distance between us and shared in the joy of a true Summer Games experience this year. Learn more.
A variety of Summer Games highlights can be found below. Check out our 2020 Summer Games Sports & Fitness Challenge video playlist on Facebook for more.
Participants in the Summer Games Sports & Fitness Challenge were tasked with completing at-home challenges each day in order to earn points for their County Programs. And for the purposes of this brand new competition format, all participating County Programs were organized into eight Divisions according to size (number of athletes, not total population).
Winners were announced live during our virtual Closing Ceremonies and final results for each division can be found below. Congratulations to all!
Flame of Hope Torch Run
Kicking off our 2020 Virtual Summer Games with three times to watch on June 12th, 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. Thanks to all the dedicated supporters who helped make this event possible! Learn more.
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 June 12th. 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. View on Facebook.
Halftime Dance Party
In celebration of the Fourth of July holiday and the conclusion of the first half of our 2020 Summer Games Sports & Fitness Challenge, athletes from across the state took part in a virtual dance party hosted by comedian Craig Tornquist on Sunday, July 5. Special thanks to our friends at Anytime Fitness.
Closing Ceremonies & Victory Dance
Celebrating Special Olympics’ Global Week of Inclusion and featuring highlights from the summer, Closing Ceremonies was streamed live on July 25th and included the presentation of awards for Sports & Fitness Challenge division winners, the announcement of all Spirit of Special Olympics Area awards, and more. View on Facebook.