State Summer Games

The State Summer Games are coming soon!

Nearly 2,400 athletes across Ohio are preparing for Special Olympics Ohio's largest athletic event of the year, the State Summer Games. The Games will be held June 28 - 30 in Columbus and will feature competition in 11 sports: Aquatics, Athletics (track and field), Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Gymnastics, Power Lifting, Roller Skating, Soccer, Tennis, and Volleyball. The athletes and coaches will have a busy weekend on the campus of The Ohio State University where they will be housed in dorms and where most of the competitions will take place.  The bowling competition will be at Sawmill Lanes and the rollerskating events will be held at United Skates of America.

The State Summer Games officially kick off Friday June 28, at 7:00 p.m. at the inspiring Opening Ceremonies in  Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The ceremony will feature a Parade of Athletes with representative athletes and coaches from throughout Ohio, along with the dramatic entrance of the Torch Run into the stadium and the lighting of the “Flame of Hope.” Law Enforcement Torch Run officers will hand off the torch to the athletes, who in turn ignite the Flame of Hope. The lighting of the flame officially signifies the opening of the Games.

Check Out the Events
We encourage anyone interested to visit the sport venues and cheer on the athletes. A tentative schedule is listed below.  Please note that Sunday morning there will be a triathlon ending on campus.  There will be road closures and heavier than normal traffic.

Friday, June 28, 2013

2 – 5 p.m. Sports Competition, Athletics, Bocce, Tennis

7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Opening Ceremonies

9:00 – 10:00 p.m., Sports Competition, Athletics

7:30 – 10:30 p.m., Tent Town

7:30  a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Sports Competition, All SportsSaturday, June 29, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & noon – 5:00 p.m., Tent Town

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sports Competition, Selected venues

Sunday, June 30, 2013

8:00  a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Sports Competition, Athletics & Bowling

12:30 p.m., Closing Ceremonies


Visit our sports at one of these venues and do not miss Tent Town on the RPAC Plaza between the RPAC and McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.


McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Saturday, 8:30 - noon


Jesse Owens Track Stadium

Friday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Adventure Recreation Center

Friday, 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Sawmill Lanes*

Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Fred Beekman Park
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


St. John Arena

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Drake Union
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


United Skates of America*
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Lincoln Park Fields
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


RPAC Tennis Courts
Friday, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Opening Ceremony

Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Friday, 7 p.m.

*Off campus venue

Summer Games Sponsors

Summer Games Sponsors

Date: June 28,2013 thru June 30,2013

Location: The Ohio State University


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