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Frequently Asked Questions

What sports can we expect to see in the 2026 Special Olympics USA Games?

All sports and venues for the 2026 USA Games are being finalized with periodic announcements to come! Stay tuned! For a look at confirmed sports and venues visit our Sports page.

What are the dates for competition and events?

The 2026 Special Olympics USA Games will take place June 20-26, 2026. The USA Games will kick off with an exciting Opening Ceremony, followed by approximately six consecutive days of sports competitions.

Where will the USA Games be conducted? What venues will be used?

Sport competitions as well as special events will be hosted by the University of Minnesota, as well as at a secondary hub at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota.

What can you tell us about Opening and Closing Ceremonies and other events?

All event details are still in development and will be announced closer to the USA Games.

How can people get involved?

Special Olympics is for everyone. This inclusive movement is made up of many roles: volunteers, coaches, team assistants, athletes, partners, donors, Unified partners and more!

● For local opportunities, visit www.specialolympicsminnesota.org

● For opportunities specific to the 2026 Special Olympics USA Games, please visit Get Involved.

Who is on Minnesota’s Local Organizing Committee (LOC)?

Working closely with Special Olympics Minnesota and Special Olympics North America, the Organizing Committee, led by Christy Sovereign, CEO, will be responsible for deploying a team of professionals, partners, volunteers, and agencies to fully staff, plan and run the USA Games now through 2026.

How are the 2026 Special Olympics Games funded?

The USA Games are funded through corporate partnership dollars in addition to individual donations. For partnership opportunities, contact kquiring@2026usagames.org

How much did UHC and Jersey Mike’s commit to the USA Games?

Presenting partnerships, exclusive to UnitedHealthcare and Jersey Mike’s, are the premier level of sponsorship; however, financial details cannot be disclosed to the public. There are multiple levels of partnership and investment levels available which may also include value in kind donations. For partnership opportunities, contact kquiring@2026usagames.org

What is the Athlete Advisory Council?

The 2026 Special Olympics USA Games Athlete Advisory Council was formed in 2022 to gain athlete insights on the overall USA Games experience. The Council, comprised of 11 athlete members, has been consulted on the 2026 logo design, development of a new app, and the 2026 proposed marketing campaign. More frequent sessions, typically conducted via remote video conferencing, will occur as the USA Games get closer.

How were athletes selected for the Athlete Advisory Council?

To establish national representation, the 2026 USA Games leadership team reached out for recommendations from state Programs, placing a limit of 4 athletes from Minnesota as the host state. Proposed candidates were evaluated based on their leadership skills, Global Messenger status, previous USA Games involvement, and willingness/availability to participate.

Are there other ways for athletes to get involved in the 2026 USA Games besides competing?

Current or former Special Olympics athletes are encouraged to contact the USA Games directly for potential volunteer, staffing, future research groups, and engagement opportunities: info@2026usagames.org

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