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World Games

The 2021 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held in Åre and Östersund, Sweden in February 2021. Read more.

Every two years, thousands of Special Olympics athletes from six continents come together to showcase their athletic skills and bring the spirit of the Special Olympics organization to life.

Alternating between Summer and Winter Games, the Special Olympics World Games feature intense athletic competition and inspiring performances from talented Special Olympics athletes from across the globe.

Special Olympics North Carolina uses the advancement criteria set forth by Special Olympics, Inc. to select the athletes who will be a part of Special Olympics USA.  Gold medal winners from all ability level divisions are put into a random drawing in order to be selected for participation in the Games.

North Carolinians shine at 2019 World Games

Congratulations to the four North Carolina athletes who competed at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games! Read more about their trip, view photos and check out results.

Additional coverage of NC World Games athletes

WRAL: Apex man wins two gold medals at World Games