World Games


Every two years, thousands of Special Olympics athletes worldwide come together to showcase their athletic skills and celebrate the spirit of Special Olympics in alternating World Summer and World Winter Games. The first Special Olympics World Games took place in 1968 and since then have evolved into a world-class sporting event similar in size and scope to the Olympic Games, attracting a wide range of sponsors, supporters and media. 

Following the Olympic ideals, Special Olympics World Games are abundant in tradition.  All World Games feature Opening and Closing Ceremonies, a Torch Run public awareness event prior to the Games, cultural activities, and world-class sports competition.

The 2019 Games will take place in Abu Dhabi from March 14-21, 2019.

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ESPN’ s coverage of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi  will begin Thursday, March 14, with a live three-hour special ESPNEWS, capturing the inspiration, pageantry, performances and special guests of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi Opening CeremonyKevin Negandhi will host ESPN’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony, as well as its nightly studio programming throughout the Games.

Each evening from Friday, March 15, through Thursday, March 21, Negandhi will anchor 2019 Special Olympics World Games from Corinche Beach in Abu Dhabi. Airing on ESPN2, ABC or ESPNEWS the program will bring viewers the stories, competition showcase, interviews and more.

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Chief David Mettin To Participate In Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg

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Before the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 kicks off in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, an elite group of individuals will serve as the “Guardians of the Flame” and escort the Special Olympics Flame of Hope on a journey to heighten awareness and take the message of Special Olympics every corner of the United Arab Emirates. Chief David A. Mettin from the Slate Belt Regional Police Department is among those who will make up the prestigious “Final Leg” team for the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) at the 2019 World Summer Games.

Mettin has been involved with the Torch Run for nine years. He has served as the Director for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Pennsylvania, and now is the Assistant Director for the State.

He has been with the Slate Belt Regional Police Department for 4 years and served as the Chief of Police of the Pennridge Regional Police Department prior to joining his current force.

Mettin has 30 years of Law Enforcement experience, and lives in Bucks County, PA, with his wife Jenny and their three children.

Sweden Selected To Host the 2021 Special Olympics World Winter Games!

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Sweden has been granted the opportunity to host Special Olympics’ flagship sporting event, the World Winter Games in 2021.

The 2021 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Sweden are expected to host 2,000 athletes and Unified Sports Partners from 105 nations who will participate in nine various sport disciplines. Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that combines an equal number of individuals with intellectual disabilities and individuals without intellectual disabilities. They will be joined by more than 3,000 volunteers as well as 5,000 family members.

Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s 2019 Winter Games and 2019 Indoor Winter Games will serve as the qualifying events for the 2021 World Winter Games.