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World Games

Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019

The next World Summer Games will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 14 – 21, 2019. The Games will be the world’s largest humanitarian and sporting event of 2019. Abu Dhabi is one of seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates. It’s also the capital city of the UAE.

Facts about the Games

The Games will feature seven days of competition in 24 sports. There will be court sports: badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, bocce, handball, table tennis, tennis and volleyball. There will be races in athletics, cycling, kayaking, open water swimming, roller skating, sailing, swimming and triathlon. Judged competitions will be equestrian, judo, artistic gymnasts and rhythmic gymnastics. Rounding out the list of sports are bowling, football, golf and powerlifting.

Many thousands of people will take part or watch the Games. An estimated 7,000 Special Olympics athletes and their 2,600 coaches will arrive early to get used to the time zone and temperature. Abu Dhabi itself will provide 20,000 volunteers and up to 500,000 spectators. The families of the athletes will number 6,000. And there’s an expectation that 2,000 reporters, photographers, videographers and bloggers will capture the games for international media. Honored guests of Special Olympics could number 4,000, too.

Schedule

Host Town: March 8-11
Divisioning and Preliminary Competitions: March 12 and 13
Opening Ceremony: March 14
Competition and Other Events: March 14 to 21
Closing Ceremony: March 21

Each delegate is responsible for raising funds to help offset costs for their trip.

Your donation to them would apply towards airfare, uniforms and training. Please feel free to share this page with your friends and family who might also consider supporting Kansas athletes and coaches as they represent our state and the USA at the World Games.

ALL donations, no matter how small or large, are greatly appreciated!

Meet the Kansas Delegation

Help Taryn reach her fundraising goal!

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