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World Games 2018-05-16T22:47:49-05:00

Every four years, Special Olympics conducts a World Summer Games that includes athletes from all international programs.
The 2019 Special Olympics World Games will be held in Abu Dhabi, one of seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates.
This event will showcase athletes competing in 24 sports in both traditional and Unified play.

Learn about 2019 World Games

While the Games will highlight competition, special events including Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athlete events and educational programs throughout the week, will create an experience of a lifetime for all athletes, families and volunteers in attendance.

Special Olympics Minnesota received quota in the sports listed below. The selection process is underway and will be completed by mid-summer. Please check back on this page to see our progress!

If you have questions, please contact Kelly Monicatti, Director of Program, at [email protected].

Download 2019 World Games information and application

Quota & Eligibility

Quota: One male athlete
Athletics eligibility list (PDF)

Eligibility criteria: Athlete participated in 2017 Summer Games – Track & Field. Athlete participated and received 1st or 2nd place in one of the qualifying events of 400M Run, 800M Run, 1500M Run, Shot Put, Running Long Jump, High Jump (1st and 2nd place listed on the eligibility list; 1st place winners will be given priority, but 2nd place winners may apply as well). Additional criteria listed below and in the athlete information packet will also be considered for selection.

Submission deadline for athlete information packet: Monday, April 16, 2018. Forms should be submitted to Kelly Monicatti at the state office by mail (900 2nd Ave S, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55402) or email ([email protected]).

Selection considerations:

  • At least 14 years old.
  • All athletes who complete the athlete information packet (PDF) must have an in-person meeting with Special Olympics staff prior to the random draw. These interviews will be set up after the submission deadline of April 16.
  • In order to offer these opportunities to as many athletes as possible, previous attendance at USA or World Games will be taken into consideration.

Quota: One female athlete
Bocce eligibility list (PDF)

Eligibility criteria: Athlete participated and received 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in 2017 Fall Games – Bocce Singles. (1st through 3rd place listed on the eligibility list, 1st place winners will be given priority, but 2nd and 3rd place winners may apply as well). Additional criteria listed below and in the athlete information packet will also be considered for selection.

Submission deadline for athlete information packet: Monday, April 16, 2018. Forms should be submitted to Kelly Monicatti at the state office by mail (900 2nd Ave S, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55402) or email ([email protected]).

Selection considerations:

  • At least 14 years old.
  • All athletes who complete the athlete information packet (PDF) must have an in-person meeting with Special Olympics staff prior to the random draw. These interviews will be set up after the submission deadline of April 16.
  • In order to offer these opportunities to as many athletes as possible, previous attendance at USA or World Games will be taken into consideration.

Quota: One male athlete
Bowling eligibility list (PDF)

Eligibility criteria: Athlete participated in the 2017 State Bowling Competition – Bowling Singles and received a gold medal. Additional criteria listed below and in the athlete information packet will also be considered for selection.

Submission deadline for athlete information packet: Monday, April 16, 2018. Forms should be submitted to Kelly Monicatti at the state office by mail (900 2nd Ave S, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55402) or email ([email protected]).

Selection considerations:

  • At least 14 years old.
  • All athletes who complete the athlete information packet (PDF) must have an in-person meeting with Special Olympics staff prior to the random draw. These interviews will be set up after the submission deadline of April 16.
  • In order to offer these opportunities to as many athletes as possible, previous attendance at USA or World Games will be taken into consideration.

Quota: One female athlete
Swimming eligibility list (PDF)

Eligibility Criteria: Athlete participated and received 1st , 2nd or 3rd place in 2017 Spring Games – Swimming, in one of the following events: 100M Freestyle, 100M Backstroke, 100M Butterfly, 100M Breaststroke, 100M Individual Medley, 200M Individual Medley, 200M Breaststroke, 200M Freestyle, 200M Backstroke, 400M Freestyle. (1st-3rd place listed on the eligibility list; 1st place winners will be given priority, but 2nd and 3rd place winners may apply as well). Additional criteria listed below and in the athlete information packet will also be considered for selection.

Submission deadline for athlete information packet: Monday, April 16, 2018. Forms should be submitted to Kelly Monicatti at the state office by mail (900 2nd Ave S, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55402) or email ([email protected]).

Selection considerations:

  • At least 14 years old.
  • All athletes who complete the athlete information packet (PDF) must have an in-person meeting with Special Olympics staff prior to the random draw. These interviews will be set up after the submission deadline of April 16.
  • In order to offer these opportunities to as many athletes as possible, previous attendance at USA or World Games will be taken into consideration.

CONTACT

Kelly Monicatti | Director of Program
[email protected] | 763.270.7168