World Games

THE WORLD IS WATCHING

At the heart of every athlete is determination and the desire to achieve, win, represent their country with pride and joy and perform their best in a sport they love an equality that exists among all athletes. With each World Games, more hearts and minds are opened towards people with intellectual disabilities.

The World Games are flagship events for the Special Olympics Movement. They take place every two years and alternate between Summer and Winter Games. The Games can be the world’s largest sporting event of the year. Thousands of athletes, coaches, volunteers and supporters attend to see and cheer the skills and accomplishments of people with intellectual disabilities.

A LOOK BACK AT THE 2019 WORLD GAMES

The Special Olympics World Games 2019 was hosted in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in March 2019 for the first time in the Middle East North Africa since the movement’s founding over 50 years ago. The Crown Prince Court led the winning bid efforts with a mission to promote positive social change for people with intellectual disabilities and create a more inclusive society.

The Special Olympics World Games 2019 drew 7,500 athletes from 190+ countries to participate in 24 Olympic Sports.
For more information, please visit: https://www.abudhabi2019.org/

ARIZONA - USA TEAM

  • Mary Roberts
  • Emory Russell
  • David Williams
  • Conner Smith
  • Joseph Summers
  • Sawne Rippey
  • Tasha Crofton
  • Marino Cuen
  • Thomas Miranda
  • Sam Bryner
  • Anthony White
  • Ryan Betcher
  • Jeffery Anthony

Special Olympics Arizona News

In The News
FLAGSTAFF CHEF WINS EPISODE OF FOOD NETWORK’S GUY’S GROCERY GAMES, DONATES ALL WINNINGS TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS ARIZONA
John Conley appeared on a recent episode of Guy's Grocery Games, outlasted the competition and won $25,000 for SOAZ...Read More
In The News
“HEART OF A CHAMPION” RAFFLE LAUNCH
Special Olympics Arizona has launched a new progressive raffle called “Heart of a Champion” with a unique twist....Read More
In The Community
A Conversation with Loretta Claiborne About Racial Injustice
Loretta Claiborne always fought for equal rights growing up and for Inclusion based on her color and different abilities...Read More
In The Community
SPECIAL OLYMPICS ARIZONA ATHLETE’S FATHER TO COMPETE ON GUY’S GROCERY GAMES
Tune into Food Network on Dec. 30 to watch Flagstaff's John Conley compete on Guy's Grocery Games...Read More
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