Every four years, Special Olympics conducts a National Summer Games in the United States that includes athletes from all 52 US Programs. New Jersey is proud to have been selected as host of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, the Games of Welcome and Acceptance. The Games are set for June 14 – 21, 2014 and will feature 3,500 athletes from across the country.
This is an incredible opportunity to be part of something inspiring and energizing. The USA Games allow our athletes to showcase their skill on a national stage, which brings out their best both on and off the playing field. Look back at some of the memories that were made at the 2010 USA Games.
All athletes who achieve gold medals in the sports listed above at either the 2012 State Fall Games or the 2013 State Summer Games will be eligible to be nominated for a chance to be on Team Missouri.
Athletes may be nominated by anyone. The nominations must be sent to the Area Office and must be approved by the Area Director. Nomination forms are due by May 17, 2013. Download an athlete application.
Coaches may apply for any sport that they are certified to coach. The applications must be sent to the Area Office and be approved by the Area Director. Nomination forms are due by May 17, 2013. Download a coach application.
At the conclusion of the 2013 State Summer Games, athletes that have been nominated and coaches that have applied will be screened by SOMO staff and a selection of two or three people per slot will be invited to attend the National Games Selection Camp June 16 – 21, 2013. There will be 250 people selected to attend National Games Selection Camp.
At the conclusion of the National Games Selection Camp, 114 people will be selected by SOMO staff to represent Team Missouri.
In August or September of 2013, all participants will be required to attend a Team Missouri weekend with their parents or guardians.
In March of 2014, all delegates for Team Missouri will have a training weekend.
In May of 2014, all Team Missouri delegates will meet to try on and label their general wear and uniforms and train with their teammates.