Summer Games

2023 Summer Games

Thanks for another amazing year!

Our largest annual competition, Summer Games brought together more than 2,100 athletes and Unified partners from across the state together on the campuses of Indiana State and Rose Hulman for three days of competition and achievement, friendship and fun, ceremony and celebration.

This event is made possible by the generous support of more than 1,500 event volunteers, sponsors and donors. Thousands of coaches, chaperones and spectators also take part in Summer Games, making this event a celebration of the spirit of Special Olympics.


The theme for the 53rd annual Summer Games is Everyday Champions, which was inspired by the film “The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story.” Throughout his life, Carl has modeled what it means to be an everyday champion. Beyond his on-field victories, Carl has been a champion for acceptance, leadership and inclusion through small, everyday actions starting in his community. Carl also challenges others to learn from his example and find ways to make a difference.

Being a champion isn’t always about winning a gold medal or performing well in the final seconds of the game. It’s also about the actions we take every day — always competing to the best of our abilities, demonstrating good sportsmanship, supporting teammates and helping everyone feel like a winner.


Sports Offered

The 2023 Summer Games will offer competition in these Olympic-type sports: bocce, bowling, cycling, powerlifting, swimming, track and field, and volleyball.

Event Information

Please visit our Resource Library page for all forms and event information.

Additional Activities

Opening Ceremony

Join us Friday night at Indiana State’s Hulman Center as our athletes, families, coaches, partners, volunteers and the community come together to celebrate the official start of Summer Games. The event promises to be an incredible experience!

Olympic Town presented by Duke Energy

One of the most popular locations at Summer Games, Olympic Town was created to give athletes, partners, coaches and family members a place to relax and have fun in between their sporting events. All booths are made available free of charge (except the Souvenir Kiosk) thanks to the generosity of our many corporate, civic, and service groups that donate their time, efforts, and money. Here you will find entertainment, safety, and other educational exhibits, food, drinks, and a variety of different crafts, games and activities for everyone to enjoy.

Victory Dance and Movie Night

After competition winds down Saturday evening, hit the dance floor at Olympic Town to celebrate your achievements throughout the weekend. This high-energy experience is a great time to let loose and show your best moves.

Or for those who prefer a slower-paced activity, settle in with your popcorn and enjoy a feature film at the Union Food Court. Watch for this year’s film to be announced soon.

Sports Schedules and Results

Law Enforcement Torch Run®

The road to Summer Games officially begins each year with the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Law enforcement agencies and officers from across the state raise funds for the opportunity to carry the Flame of Hope as it makes its journey from Indianapolis to Terre Haute for the ceremonial lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony.

Special Olympics athletes also have the opportunity to run side-by-side with LETR officers, known as “the Guardians of the Flame.”