Every four years, Special Olympics Inc. conducts a World Summer Games that includes athletes from many international programs. The 2023 Special Olympics World Games will be held in Berlin, Germany. This event will showcase athletes competing in 24 sports from June 16-25, 2023 (plus a host town program in advance of the Games). Competitions will be offered in both traditional and Unified play.
World Games will highlight competition, special events including Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athlete events and educational programs throughout the week. It will be an experience of a lifetime for all athletes, families and volunteers in attendance.
If you have questions, please contact Kelly Monicatti, Director of Program at [email protected].
Some details to consider before applying
Athlete must be:
- Eligible to apply (see lists below).
- Able to attend 2023 World Summer Games in Berlin, Germany between June 11-25, 2023 (dates tentative).
- Able to attend 2023 Team Training Camp in San Antonio, TX, between Nov. 18-21, 2022.
- Vaccinated against COVID-19.
Quota: One female level 2 athlete
Eligibility criteria: Athlete participated in level 2 all-around gymnastics competition at the SOMN State Summer Games in 2022 and received first, second or third place in 2017 Fall Games – Bocce Singles. (All first-, second- and third-place athletes are listed on the eligibility list below. First-place winners will be given priority, but second- and third-place winners may apply as well.) Additional criteria will also be considered for selection.
Gymnastics eligibility list
|Ellen MaGuire||13.FWG.Flyaways Gold|
|Sarah Kramer||13.FWG.Flyaways Gold|
|Carlie Kothe||13.FWG.Flyaways Gold|
|McKenna Wohlers||13.FWG.Flyaways Gold|
|Gretchen Lubotina||11.MHG. Mini Hops|
|Destiny Willert||11.MHG. Mini Hops|
|Angelina Ruiz||11.MHG. Mini Hops|
|Lucy Haugland||11.MHG. Mini Hops|
|Tiffany Carey||11.MHG. Mini Hops|
|Megan Blackmore||12.PAWS.Tigers Paws|
Quota: One male athlete
Eligibility criteria: TBD
Submission deadline for athlete information packet: TBD
Swimming eligibility list: TBD