Special Olympics Florida conducts eight State Championships every year. These events are the culmination of an athletes training and competition cycle for a specific sports season. In order to compete in a State Championship event, athletes and teams must have completed eight weeks of training and compete at county and area level competitions.
Athletes compete in individual skills and team play. Teams are divided into age groups and then into one of four ability groups. Currently, we host two state-level competitions for the north and south championships.
Athletes compete in a variety of English and Western events giving them the opportunity to show their abilities in drill team, driving, dressage, polebending, barrel racing, trails, and equitation.
Special Olympics Florida’s Summer Games are the largest event on the calendar with athletes competing in athletics (track & field), bocce, cycling, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. This event is held annually at ESPN Wide World of SportsComplex and kicks off with an exciting Olympic-style opening ceremonies featuring the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. It concludes on Saturday night with closing ceremonies and the much anticipated victory dance.
Athletes have opportunities to compete at invitationals and state competition, with the assistance of our sponsor Ron Jon Surf Shop and managed by Ron Jon Surf School.
Walt Disney World is the current host of this championship in September, on two of their challenging 18-hole golf courses. Golfers compete in individual skills and 9- and 18-hole events.
Surfers head to Cocoa Beach in September for the annual Surfing Festival, hosted by Ron Jon Surf Shop and managed by Ron Jon Surf School.
Athletes congregate at North County Regional Park (Indian River County) in October to compete in our annual state championships. Swimmers compete in a full slate of short and long course events.
Athletes compete in cheerleading, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and softball at our State Fall Classic. This event is held annually at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in November.
Athletes compete in individual, doubles, and team play. State competition is held in December in Orlando.