2018 Summer Games – About Summer Games
Special Olympics Minnesota is expecting over 4,500 athletes, Unified Partners, coaches and volunteers at the state’s largest summer sporting event!
All activities at Summer Games are free and open to the public and we encourage everyone to come out and cheer on the athletes as they compete for gold!
We want to help you have the best Summer Games experience ever!
Delegation registration and information will be located on the first level of the Anderson Student Center. Ambassadors will be available throughout campus to answer any questions you have.
Find the Information & Prize Tent in Victory Village. This tent can answer questions you have—and while you’re there register for a chance to win a variety of prizes!
Summer Games questions?
University of St. Thomas questions?
Emergency – 651.962.5555
Non emergency – 651.962.5100
Overall/general questions – [email protected]
Sports & health questions – [email protected]
Registration questions – [email protected]
Volunteer questions – [email protected]
Sponsor questions – [email protected]
Media questions – [email protected]
Transportation questions – [email protected]
I have a question about my volunteer shift.
Can I register my delegation on Thursday? Is delegation registration open all three days?
Thursday registration is not available. Delegation registration is open Friday and Saturday at 7 a.m.
Can we come Thursday and set up our team area?
No, the only area that is open Thursday night is the dorms for teams staying overnight. All other areas of campus are closed.
Where to spectators, athletes, coaches, Unified Partners, volunteers, family and friends go to check in?
Athletes/Unified Partners — check in with your head coach/HOD
Volunteers — check in at Owens Science Hall on south campus
General public — don’t need to check in; all areas are free and open to the public!
If I have a question during Summer Games, who should I ask?
We want to make sure everyone can find what they need and get their question answered quickly! The following are great places to get questions answered: Information & Prize Tent in Victory Village; Delegation Registration in Anderson Student Center; and Volunteer Registration in Owen Science Hall (South Campus). Ambassadors will also be walking around campus to help answer questions and point people in the right direction.
In addition to these locations and Ambassadors, a SOMN staff member will be answering our main office line during the event. Please call 612.333.0999 to get help.
Who’s invited to Celebration Ceremonies? What’s happening there?
We want to see everyone at Celebration Ceremonies! General public, family, friends, Summer Games athletes and all other athletes who aren’t even competing at Summer Games—you’re all welcome! All registered Summer Games athletes, coaches and Unified Partners are encouraged to participate in the Parade of Athletes. Staging for the Parade of Athletes is on Friday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the southeast corner of the track.
Is there a dance after Celebration Ceremonies?
Of course! Viva Knievel is playing and we can’t wait to see everyone there!
Where do we sit for Celebration Ceremonies?
Delegations will enter and sit in the stadium on the turf; bring a blanket or camping chair. The general public will sit in the stands and are welcome to join us on the field for the dance.
Where does my team wait, camp, hang out, etc. between competitions?
It’s up to each delegation to find their own location. Delegations should inform their athletes, coaches, Unified Partners and parents/guardians in advance of Summer Games where their team will be located as well as when they compete and how to contact head coaches/HODs (e.g., phone numbers). Please be advised that we’re only using public spaces on campus, so buildings, classrooms and other spaces that aren’t in use at Summer Games are off limits.
Are pop-up tents allowed on campus?
Pop-up tents are allowed, BUT tents may not be staked in the ground, grass or turf. Tents must be anchored to the ground via weights or zip tied to existing structures. Track and field teams are encouraged to zip tie pop-up tents to the seats in the stands.
Can we leave our pop-up tent on campus overnight?
Yes, but it’s at your own risk. Special Olympics Minnesota and the University of St Thomas are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.
How do I get meal tickets?
Meal tickets are for registered participants only. Meal tickets are provided in the delegation registration packet that’s given to the HOD/head coach who checks the delegation in. You must get your meal tickets from your delegation.
Can my family and friends who are at Summer Games as spectators eat on campus?
Yes! There are multiple food and concession options on campus. Note that the outdoor food tent in the plaza and at The View on the 2nd level of Anderson Student Center are meal ticket only.
When will competition schedules be available?
Schedules will be posted on our Summer Games page and the SOMN App by Friday, June 8.
If I’m running late and miss my event, will I be able to make it up?
Unfortunately, because of the number of participants, teams, events and volunteer schedules, we are unable to make up a game, event, heat, etc. that someone misses.
I’m coming to Summer Games to watch an athlete compete. How can I find when and where their event is?
You have a few options:
- Check in at the Information and Prize Tent in Victory Village.
- Call 612.333.0999.
- Visit the Sports & Health page to find detailed competition schedules.
Where can I park?
All parking locations are listed on the Maps & Parking page. For more information, call 612.333.0999.
Is there a drop-off location near the event venue?
We have three drop-off locations:
- The Metro Mobility or Assisted Device drop-off location is located at the Anderson Student Center turn-around (off Cretin Ave).
- The closest drop-off location for gymnastics is Owens Science Hall/Anderson Parking Facility.
- The closest drop-off location for track & field, basketball and swimming is Flynn Hall.
- To see all drop-off locations, please visit the Maps & Parking page.
If I bike to Summer Games, where will I be able to lock my bike?
There are multiple places you can lock your bike throughout campus, including by the track & field awards area and O’Shaughnessy Education Center as well as the south campus.
I’m with the media. What options are available to me, and who should I reach out to?
Please contact Katie Howlett, Marketing & Communications Specialist, at [email protected] or 763.270.7161.
University of St. Thomas participant agreement
Summer Games participants acknowledge that:
(a) the Event is being offered by [Special Olympics Minnesota] and not UST; and (b) the UST Facilities are designed and intended for use by adults, and that the libraries and stores operated by UST may make available items that parents would not make available to their children (such as over-the-counter medications and energy drinks), and that UST is not responsible for supervising the purchases of Event participants in UST stores or their use of UST library or research facilities (if any).