2019 Special Olympics World Games

The countdown has begun to the 2019 Special Olympics World Games, set for March 14-21 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. More than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will compete in 24 summer sports, along with 2,500 coaches, 20,000 volunteers, 3,000 honored guests, and 500,000 spectators making this the largest international sporting and humanitarian event of the year! 

These will be the first Special Olympics World Games in the Middle East/North Africa region. The Games kick off with a star-studded Opening Ceremony in the iconic Zayed Sports City Stadium in the heart of Abu Dhabi, the largest sports venue in the Persian Gulf.  In addition to competition, the Games will feature inspiring non-sports activities and programs, including Unified Sports experiences, free Healthy Athletes screenings, a Global Youth Summit, and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.  Learn more about the 2019 Games.

While the Games will take place for 7 days in March, the work we do — to serve all of our 44,000+ athletes in Florida and achieve our goal of a more inclusive community — continues every day of the year.   Find your local program, become a volunteer, become an athlete or Unified partner, or get involved with one of our fundraising events today!


Television Coverage

ESPN’s global television networks and digital media will bring extensive coverage to sports fans and supporters of the Special Olympics movement around the world. As the official broadcast partner of Special Olympics, ESPN’s television coverage will be carried across its networks in the U.S. as well as streamed through WatchESPN and the ESPN App.

We will publish the schedule here, once it has been finalized.


Competition Schedule and Results for Special Olympics USA – Florida Athletes

As we get closer to the date of the Games in March 2019, we will be displaying the real-time direct feed from the World Games Management System for our Florida delegation, where you will be able to see the competition event listings for each athlete/team and the results right on this page. Stay tuned!

  • Results for the entire Special Olympics USA delegation will be available on specialolympicsusa.org.
  • Results for all Special Olympics World Games delegations will be available on abudhabi2019.org.