Summer Games

2023 State Summer Games

June 9-11 at Indiana State University and Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute

Our largest annual competition, Summer Games bring together nearly 3,000 athletes and Unified partners from across the state to compete in a variety of Olympic-type sports, including bocce, bowling, cycling, powerlifting, swimming, track and field, and volleyball.

The theme for the 2023 Summer Games is Everyday Champions, which was inspired by the new film “The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story.” Throughout his life, Carl has modeled what it means to be an everyday champion. Aside from his victories on the field, 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.

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

Look for more event details coming soon!

Summer Games Purpose Statement

Summer Games will provide Special Olympics Indiana athletes and partners an opportunity to unite as one to encourage each other to be the best we can be through:

  • Sports competition
  • Inclusive opportunities
  • Having fun
  • Awards and ceremonies
  • Health and fitness education
  • Building friendships
  • Leadership opportunities


SO Indiana State Office Contact

Kevin Aders
Director of Team Sports & Logistics

Please contact your local County Coordinator for more information or to register.

Visit our Resource Library to find additional 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.