The Special Olympics USA & World Games provide a stage to showcase the abilities of Special Olympics athletes—both on and off the playing field. These events also showcase signature initiatives of Special Olympics such as Unified Sports, Healthy Athletes, Athlete Leadership Programs and Special Olympics Get Into It, and provide life-transforming experiences for volunteers and spectators who participate in or view the USA & World Games.
In 2006, the first USA Games were held in Ames, Iowa. The next USA Games will be held in Orlando, Florida in 2022.
The most recent World Games was held in March 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The World Winter Games were most recently held in 2017 in Austria. Click here to learn about these games and the accomplishments of the North Dakota athletes who participated.