Sports and Competitions
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When: Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1
- Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding at Ski Sundown, New Hartford
- Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing at Connecticut Light & Power, Simsbury
- Figure Skating, Speed Skating at the International Skating Center of Connecticut, Simsbury
- Unified Sports® & Traditional Floor Hockey, Skills at the Pratt & Whitney Hangar, East Hartford
Who: More than 900 athletes and Unified partners are expected to participate.
An additional 1,200 volunteers and 300 coaches will lend their support.
When: Tentative schedule -
Saturday, February 28
9 or 10 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies (depending on the venue)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Competition and Awards
Sunday, March 1
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Competition and Awards
The public is invited to attend at no cost to cheer on the athletes and witness great displays of sportsmanship, teamwork and personal achievements in sports.
Winter Games competitions will kick-off with opening ceremonies at each venue that include the ceremonial lighting of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope, announcement of athletes, brief remarks, and the declaration of Special Olympics’ Athlete Oath. Events conclude with the presentation of awards.
All events are free and open to the public.
72 LOCAL PROGRAMS - 27 OLYMPIC-TYPE SPORTS – 4 ANNUAL MAJOR GAMES – SPORTS TRAINING & COMPETITIONS ALL YEAR ROUND
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities to athletes with intellectual disabilities. It also offers Special Olympics Unified Sports® which teams up athletes with intellectual disabilities and their peers without disabilities, known as Unified partners, to play sports. Participants train for a minimum of eight weeks prior to competition and this training is offered through our Local Programs.
Winter Games - View video here.
Fall Sports Festival
Holiday Sports Classic
For a full listing of our events please visit our Calendar.
For specific sports rules visit the Coaches Corner.