Congratulations to the more than 1,100 athletes that competed at the 2013 Summer Games on June 8 and 9 at California State University, Long Beach! View competition results.
The athletes competed with pride, determination, and courage, and we couldn't be prouder of them.
They inspired us all as they hit game-winning baskets, made birdie putts, and ran for the gold. But most importantly they inspired hope in a brighter future for acceptance, understanding, and unity for everyone.
About the Games
Nearly 10,000 people, including Special Olympics athletes, coaches, volunteers, family members, spectators, and honored guests attended Summer Games. Fans in the stands cheered on athletes as they competed for medals and ribbons in six sports — aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, and gymnastics.
Along with competitions, Summer Games featured free health screenings, a Young Athletes Demonstration, games, live music, and an athlete dance. Sharif Ali received the Paul and Margaret Thorsen's Most Inspirational Athlete Award.
It was also a year of firsts. We hosted Unity Bocce, where people with and without intellectual disabilities competed on the same team. Additionally, 60 students discussed leadership and how they can make an impact at a Youth Summit.
This event was made possible by thousands of volunteers, coaches, dozens of sponsors, and you — the fans in the stands, the donors, and the athletes' biggest supporters. We couldn't have done it without you...thanks!
Meet Our Athletes
Special Olympics Southern California has many stories to tell of courage, hope, and inspiration. Through Special Olympics, individuals with intellectual disabilities have an opportunity to shine and live happier, healthier, and longer lives. The athletes not only have fun while competing but transform communities by inspiring people to open their minds and celebrate the similarities common to all people.
You can watch stories about how Special Olympics change the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by visiting our Athlete Profiles page.