2016 Special Olympics Nevada Summer Games

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June 3 & 4, 2016

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Fast Facts at a Glance




The Torch Run

Opening Ceremonies




Over 290 athletes and their volunteer coaches came together at the University of Nevada, Reno and Reno High School and experienced the thrill of competing against other athletes from all over Nevada.  After weeks of training and participating at a qualifying competition, athletes will compete in Aquatics at UNR or Track and Field at Reno High School.

Summer Games is the culminating Championship for aquatics and track & field and is one of the largest Special Olympics sporting competitions in Nevada. The minimum age of the competitors is 8 years of age and there is no age limit cap. Athletes have varying ability levels and are divisioned to compete against athletes of the approximate same ability level. Over 500 volunteers were on hand and filled a variety of volunteer positions over the course of the weekend.


An important part of Summer Games is the running of the Special Olympics Torch, the "Flame of Hope" prior to the start of the Games. The week before the Games, the Flame of Hope was relayed through Nevada escorted by various law enforcement agency personnel and lit the caldron during Opening Ceremonies, signaling the beginning of the games.




The weekend's festivities began with Opening Ceremonies on Friday evening at 7:00 at Reno High School.  It was an evening of excitement for our athletes, their coaches as well as families and the volunteers who support Special Olympics.


Spectators cheered and were inspired when Opening Ceremonies began with the traditional parade of athletes.  Athletes and coaches were welcomed into the Stadium by the "Wall of Honor" consisting of Law Enforcement personnel from Nevada who raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics throughout the year. 


Opening Ceremonies concluded with the dramatic arrival of the Flame of Hope into the Stadium escorted by a police motorcade and Law Enforcement personnel. Law Enforcement personnel were joined by several Special Olympics athletes and together they lit the Special Olympics caldron to officially open the Games.



Friday, June 3

Opening Ceremony, Reno High School Foster Fields - 7:00 PM


Saturday, June 4

Aquatics Competitions, University of Reno Lombardi Recreation Center - 11:00 AM

Track & Field, Reno High School Foster Field - 7:30 AM.


Check out pictures from the 2015 competition!