Every four years, the Special Olympics USA Games unites more than one hundred thousand athletes, coaches, volunteers and fans from all 50 states. In June 2026, the Games will be held in Minnesota. Featuring competition in 19 Olympic-type sports, the USA Games shine a light on the abilities and strengths of people with intellectual disabilities.


The Mission of the 2026 Special Olympics USA Games is to create an inclusive event that celebrates ABILITY, delivers the highest quality experiences for all stakeholders, and leaves a lasting legacy of positive change in Minnesota.

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Highlights from Previous USA Games
Members of Team Minnesota at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games Opening Ceremony
2022 USA Games
Orlando, FL
  • 5,500+ athletes from all 50 states and the Caribbean competing in 19 Olympic-type sports
  • Opening Ceremony held at Exploria Stadium, produced by Disney Live Entertainment and featured performances by Sara Bareilles
  • Many sports were hosted at the ESPN Wide World of Sports
  • Cheerleading recognized as a competitive sport for the first time in USA Games history
  • Sponsors included Jersey Mike’s as Presenting Partner, Disney as Host Partner and ESPN as the Global Broadcast Partner
Image of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Opening Ceremony venue
2018 USA Games
Seattle, WA
  • 4,000+ athletes competing in 14 Olympic-type sports
  • Opening Ceremony held at Husky Stadium, featured performances by Ann Wilson and Charlie Puth
  • Venues included the University of Washington, Seattle University, Celebration Park and more
  • Stand up paddle boarding debuted as a competitive sport
  • Key partners were Microsoft, Bank of America, Coca-Cola and ESPN, among many others
Image of athletes at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games
2014 USA Games
New Jersey
  • 3,500+ athletes competing in 16 Olympic-type sports
  • Opening Ceremony hosted at Prudential Center in Newark
  • Events held at The College of New Jersey, Princeton University, Rider University and other prestigious locations
  • Triathlon event held for the first time in Special Olympics history
  • Founding partners included Barnabas Health, Shop Rite, Toys R Us, WWE and more
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