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World Games

A crowd of spectators watching fireworks go off above them in an arena.
Since the first Special Olympics International Games in 1968, the world has transcended the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture, and religion to come together every two years for the Special Olympics World Games. Alternating between summer and winter, the World Games have become the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement and have grown to be an international demonstration of inclusion, acceptance, and unity.

All around the world our athletes train and strive to achieve their very best every day. During World Games, the entire Special Olympics movement comes together to see our athletes in action and celebrate their victories over huge odds. No other event in the world has the social and emotional impact of the Special Olympics World Games. For the athletes and their families, the experience opens doors to unimagined possibilities. For volunteers, coaches, and other supporters from all parts of the world, the Games inspire hope for and belief in a brighter future of global acceptance, understanding, and unity.

Upcoming Games

World Games Berlin Pre-Games

Berlin, Germany
The Special Olympics Germany National Games will serve as a test event for the World Games Berlin 2023.

World Winter Games Kazan 2022

Kazan, Russia
The World Winter Games Kazan 2022 have been canceled. Read the official statement.

World Games Berlin 2023

Berlin, Germany
7,000 Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners. Approximately 170 countries. 24 sports. More than 3,000 coaches and 20,000 volunteers. Berlin, we’re coming!
Female athlete on the pitch kicking the ball while the opposing team surrounds her.

Unified Cup

The Special Olympics Unified Cup is a football (soccer) competition that is elite in every way. High profile, high quality and high impact—the Unified Cup shatters preconceived attitudes about the potential of athletes with intellectual disabilities, on and off the field of play.