World Games

The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE in March 2019.  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 to attend 2019 World Games

Preparations for the Special Olympics World Games are well underway in Abu Dhabi scheduled for March 2019.  North Carolina will be well-represented! Meet the North Carolina athletes and coaches attending World Games. 



  • Chuck Dellinger – Bowling
  • James Price – Bocce
  • Jake Harkey – Cycling
  • Vince Powierski – Golf

Additional North Carolinians

  • Chapel Hill Police Special Events Officer Phillip Smith has been selected to participate in the Final Leg of the Torch Run.
  • Dr. Tim Taft will serve as medical staff for Special Olympics USA. 

World Games Coverage

Special Olympics USA Social Media

Additional NC Representatives

The following officials and sport development team members from North Carolina will attend the 2019 World Games as Technical Delegates:

  • Alana Brahler – Technical Delegate – Golf
  • Richard Frazier – Technical Delegate – Powerlifting
  • Tony Wayne – Technical Delegate – Athletics
  • Tony Williams – Technical Delegate – Roller skating