Summer Games

The Summer Games are Special Olympics Iowa’s largest event of the year, with more than 2,600 athletes 1,200 coaches and 2,000 volunteers converging on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames. The three-day event begins with the Torch Run Final Leg bringing the Flame of Hope from downtown Des Moines to Hilton Coliseum for the Opening Ceremony presented by Hy-Vee.

Also featured at the games is an Olympic Festival, which is an area for athletes to relax between competitions and interact with sponsors and partners. Healthy Athletes screenings are provided to athletes by healthcare professionals for eyesight, dental, hearing, overall health and fitness and more.

Event Details

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Summer Games Frequently Asked Questions

Dates: May 16-18, 2024
Location: Ames
All entries Due: April 26, 2024

Event Links

Summer Games Event Schedule
Summer Games Handbook
Summer Games Registration Forms

Helpful Documents

Coach/Volunteer Roster
Tennis Rating Sheet
Soccer Skills Scoresheet
Team Soccer Skills Assessment
Cycling Bike Inspection Form
Bocce Assessment

Little Feet Meet

Young Athletes is a program that introduces children ages 2 to 7 to basic sports skills. It helps increase children’s strength and coordination while learning group play and cooperation. The Little Feet Meet is an inclusive opportunity for Young Athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to participate in track and field events at our state Summer Games competition.

Click here to register your young athlete!

Summer Games Competitions

An athlete may compete in one sport per day (click on the sport name for official rules):

  • Bocce
    • Singles
    • Skills
    • Team (four-person)
  • Cycling – Athletes may choose two events. Athletes in modified events may not enter other trials.
    • 250M Trial
    • 250M Modified Trial
    • 1K Trial
    • 1K Modified Trial
    • 1K Unified Tandem
    • 5K Trial
    • 5K Modified Trial
    • 5K Unified Tandem
    • 10K Trail
    • 10K Unified Tandem
  • Developmental Events
  • Soccer
    • Team (seven-person)
    • Soccer Skills
      • Dribbling
      • Shooting
      • Run and Kick
  • Swimming
    • 25 yard Freestyle
    • 50 yard Freestyle
    • 100 yard Freestyle
    • 200 yard Freestyle
    • 25 yard Backstroke
    • 50 yard Backstroke
    • 100 yard Backstroke
    • 25 yard Breaststroke
    • 50 yard Breaststroke
    • 25 yard Butterfly
    • 50 yard Butterfly
    • 100 yard Individual Medley
    • 100 yard Freestyle Relay
    • 15 yard Floatation Race
    • 25 yard Floatation Race
    • PLEASE NOTE: Area Swimming Competitions Requirement 
  • Tennis – An athlete may enter two tennis events:
    • Singles
    • Doubles
    • Mixed Doubles
    • Unified Doubles
    • Individual Tennis Skills
  • Track & Field