The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, presented by Jersey Mike’s Subs, are coming to Orlando this summer, uniting more than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean at various venues around town.
From June 5-12, the Games will offer 19 Olympic-style team and individual sports, including athletics (track & field), basketball, bocce, bowling, cheerleading, equestrian, flag football, golf, gymnastics, open water swimming, powerlifting, soccer, softball, stand up paddleboard, surfing, swimming, tennis, triathlon and volleyball.
The USA Games will be hosted at various venues across Orlando, with the main location being the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.
Other sporting facilities across Orlando include Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Lake Minneola Waterfront Park, Lucky’s Lake, Orange County National Gold Center, Osceola Heritage Park, Rosen Aquatic Center, and USTA National Campus.
The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games Opening Ceremony will take place at Exploria Stadium on June 5, and tickets are $55 per person.
Hosted by journalist and national television personality T.J. Holmes, the one-of-a-kind Opening Ceremony is being produced by Disney Live Entertainment and will include more than 500 performers, plus a special live performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Sara Bareilles.
In addition, Special Olympics athlete Shawn Hinz, joined by Disney’s Voices of Liberty, will sing a solo during “America the Beautiful.”
ESPN, the global broadcast partner of Special Olympics and the USA Games, will air the Ceremony at noon EST on ABC and on WatchESPN and ESPN the app.
For a full calendar of events, more information, or to purchase tickets, visit 2022specialolympicsusagames.org.
If you want a taste of the Games, check out this video:
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