SUMMER GAMES

June 9 - 10, 2018

About Summer Games

On June 9 and 10 we will celebrate champions at the 2018 Summer Games at California State University, Long Beach. The Games attracts more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California who will compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons. More than 10,000 individuals will attend the Games which features our four summer sports - athletics (track & field), basketball, bocce, and swimming. In addition, new this year, there will be a demonstration of our newest summer sport, flag football!

Summer Games is one of four annual championships held at the conclusion of each sport season, with athletes coming together from throughout Southern California.

Summer Games Fact Sheet

FEATURED EXHIBITS

There is more to the Games than simply the competition. Special Olympics offers a number of programs beneficial to the athletes and their families, including free health screenings.

Healthy Athletes

Healthy Athletes

Saturday, June 9: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 10: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Special Olympics athletes at Summer Games receive free health screenings for optometry, podiatry, hearing, dental, dietary and fitness.

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Family Pavilion

Family Pavilion

Families will be able to relax and enjoy good company, with a host of activities and refreshments available.

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Boutique

Rafer's Boutique

Get your official Special Olympics Southern California merchandise and souvenirs at Rafer's Boutique. Merchandise for sale includes T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, hoodies, polos, pullovers, hats, visors, onesies, shorts, sweatpants, tumblers, mugs, bags, books, pins, lanyards, sunglasses, and more. All proceeds from the boutique benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Southern California.

Rafer Johnson
Rafer's Boutique is named after Special Olympics Southern California's founder, Rafer Johnson. Rafer, along with a small group of volunteers, founded Special Olympics California in 1969 by conducting a competition at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for 900 individuals with intellectual disabilities. Rafer’s involvement in Special Olympics began the year before when he attended the first Special Olympics competition, conducted by Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. That event inspired Rafer to become more involved. Learn more about Rafer Johnson at http://www.sosc.org/raferjohnson.

Festival

Festival

Saturday, June 9: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (opens after opening ceremony)
Sunday, June 10: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Sponsor booths & activities/giveaways
  • Live music & entertainment
  • Law Enforcement Village with displays & booths
  • Non Profit/Community groups
  • Family-friendly activities
  • Young Athletes Demonstrations
  • And much more!
Young Athletes

Young Athletes Festival

Children with or without intellectual disabilities, ages 2 - 7, are introduced to sports during the Young Athletes Festival at Summer Games.

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Ceremonies

Ceremonies

The Opening Ceremony kicks off Summer Games featuring the Parade of Athletes, live performances, and the lighting of the official cauldron to signify the beginning of the Games. The Closing Ceremony helps send off the athletes as they leave for home with their medals, ribbons, and lots of smiles.

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Unified Bocce

Unified Bocce Experience

Saturday, June 9: 1 - 4 p.m.
Sunday, June 10: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Play bocce with SOSC fans and athletes, then stay and cheer on the athletes as they compete for medals and ribbons. This is your chance to learn from the pros, be active, and have some fun with our star athletes!

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Dance

Dance

Athletes and Coaches staying on the campus of CSULB are invited to attend the Saturday dance.

Breakfast with Champions

Breakfast with Champions

Breakfast With Champions brings leaders of the business and sports communities together to honor the accomplishments of Special Olympics athletes and to showcase the benefits provided by its programs. The breakfast includes inspiring speakers and videos, a parade of Olympians, prominent sports figures and Special Olympics athletes.

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