2019 Special Olympics World Games

The 2019 Special Olympics World Games take place March 14-21 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. More than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries are competing 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 are the first Special Olympics World Games in the Middle East/North Africa region. The Games kicked 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 are featuring 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 take place for 7 days in March, the work we do — to serve all of our 51,000+ 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!

Broadcast Coverage

ESPN’s global television networks and digital media are bringing 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 coverage will be carried across its ESPN/ABC networks in the U.S. as well as streamed through WatchESPN and the ESPN App.

  •  Daily live feeds on ESPN3, delivering more than 25 hours of live coverage across venues and competitions including swimming, athletics, soccer, volleyball, basketball and more.
  • Daily evening studio program airing on ESPN2 and ABC, bringing viewers the incredible stories, athlete profiles and features, as well as recapping key results from each days’ competitions
  • A 2-hour “Best of” special airing on ABC on March 30.
Thursday, March 14Opening Ceremony
11:00 am - 2 pmESPNews
Watch replay
Friday, March 15Live Event Coverage - 5 Venues1:00 am - 12:30 pmESPN3
Watch replay of various sport competitions
Saturday, March 16Nightly Show  1:30 - 2:30 amWatch on ESPNews
Watch replay
Saturday, March 16Live Event Coverage - 5 Venues  
1:00 am - 12:30 pmESPN3
Watch replay of various sport competitions
Sunday, March 17Live Event Coverage - 5 Venues  12:00 am - 12:30 pmESPN3
Watch replay of various sport competitions
Sunday, March 17Nightly Show  2:00 - 3:00 pmABC
Monday, March 18Live Event Coverage - 5 Venues  
12:00 - 11:30 amESPN3
Watch replay of various sport competitions
Monday, March 18Nightly Show  12:00 - 1:00 amWatch on ESPN2  
Tuesday, March 19Live Event Coverage - 5 Venues  
Detailed schedule
12:00 - 11:30 amWatch on ESPN3
Tuesday, March 19Nightly Show  12:00 - 1:00 amWatch on ESPNews
Wednesday, March 20Live Event Coverage - 5 Venues  
Detailed schedule
12:00 am - 12:30 pmWatch on ESPN3
Wednesday, March 20Nightly Show  1:00 - 2:00 amWatch on ESPN2
Thursday, March 21  Nightly Show  12:00 - 1:00 amWatch on ESPN2
Friday, March 22Nightly Show  12:00 - 1:00 amWatch on ESPN2
Saturday, March 30Best Of Show  3:00 - 5:00 pmWatch on ABC  


Competition Schedule for Special Olympics USA – Florida Athletes

This information is linked directly from the World Games site.  Competition results will be posted within 30 minutes of completion.