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Special Olympics Oregon Summer State Games are BACK!

Corvallis will be rocking with energy this July as an estimated 900 athletes and 300 coaches from 30 counties descend on the city to compete in Athletics, Golf, Bocce, and Softball


Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR), Oregon’s premier sports organization for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and Oregon State University are combining forces to host the return of Summer State Games, presented by Dr. Herbert and Shirley Semler, after a seven-year hiatus. The Games will take place July 12th-14th at Oregon State University campus and surrounding venues in Corvallis.


Special Olympics Oregon athletes are thrilled to have this marquee weekend of competition, ceremonies, games, a dance, Olympic Town, and a return of the Final Leg Torch Run. It couldn’t be better timing to coincide with the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris; the excitement is monumental!


“I live in Corvallis and am so excited for the Games this summer. I like getting to know people and having fun. I’m (competing) in Bocce and we practice every Thursday!’

–  Robin Buster, Special Olympics Oregon Benton County athlete


Friday, July 12th is team arrival day, with competitions and special events taking place throughout Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th.


“The announcement of the return of Summer State Games has been met with great enthusiasm. We are so excited to be partnering with Oregon State University and others in the Corvallis community to provide this experience for our athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and supporters from across the state. I can’t wait to see everyone gather there. It’s going to feel like a big family reunion.”

– Mark Hanken, Chief Program and Operations Officer for Special Olympics Oregon


Volunteers are needed and critical to the athlete’s experience at Summer State Games! Special Olympics Oregon is actively recruiting over 1,000 day-of-event volunteers. Volunteer roles include game operational support such as scorekeeping, staging, timers, announcers, and helping with awards, results, etc., for golf, softball, bocce, and athletic competitions. Volunteers are also needed in a variety of event logistics and administrative roles with half-day and full-day shift options, and opportunities for groups.

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“The SOOR summer Olympic games in Reser Stadium in 2017 were magical and the games are returning this summer. Oregon State University student-athletes led the county delegations into the stadium for the official opening ceremony. Family and friends gathered to watch their athletes compete. Often these people feel isolated and even unwelcome in the broader society but on this wonderful occasion they were joyously part of a caring and loving community.”

– Ed Ray, Former President of Oregon State University

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About Special Olympics Oregon

Special Olympics Oregon serves more than 5,000 participants with intellectual disabilities year-round and statewide through the organization’s life changing sports programs. Athletes gain self-confidence, social competency, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.