The athletes who will compete at Summer Games come from all walks of life and all over Nevada. They work long and hard for the opportunity to showcase their skills and athletic ability over the course of the weekend. The minimum age of the competitors is eight years of age and there is no age limit.
The athletic skills vary from athlete to athlete. To ensure an equal playing field so that all have a fair chance to win, athletes were divisioned according to age, sex and playing ability. Win or lose, Special Olympics firmly believes that everyone should be recognized for their efforts. As as a result, Gold through Bronze medals are presented for first through third place and ribbons for 4th through 8th place. All athletes receive awards, even if they were disqualified or otherwise could not finish their event..
While 3 sports are showcased at Summer Games, Special Olympics Nevada offers sports training and competition opportunities in 10 different sports and serves 3,253 children and adults with intellectual disabilities who get to participate all year-round at no cost to them or their families.