2019 Special Olympics World Games
The 2019 Special Olympics World Games took place March 14-21 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. More than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries competed 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!
This was 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 featured 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 took 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!
ESPN’s global television networks and digital media brought 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 was carried across its ESPN/ABC networks in the U.S. as well as streamed through WatchESPN and the ESPN App.
- A 3-hour Opening Ceremony. Watch replay
- Daily live feeds delivered more than 25 hours of live coverage across venues and competitions including swimming, athletics, soccer, volleyball, basketball and more.
- Daily evening studio programs brought viewers the incredible stories, athlete profiles and features, as well as recapping key results from each days’ competitions. Watch replay of March 16 show
- A 2-hour “Best of” special aired on ABC on March 30.
Competition Results for Special Olympics USA – Florida Athletes
This information is linked directly from the official Special Olympics World Games site.
- Bocce: Crystal Carter and Sandra Carter
- Equestrian: Cori Davis, Robert Moore, and Renee Phifer
- Golf: Kenyatta Johnson
- Gymnastics: Annamarie Nieves
- Swimming: Gina Grant and Lee Scharf
- Tennis: Ryan Smith and Brittany Tagliareni
- Unified Team Volleyball: Ridge Community High School
Team Florida brought home 5 gold medals, 8 silver medals and 6 bronze medals. Congratulations to all of our athletes and Unified partners!