June 11 - 12, 2016
Special Olympics Southern California would like to congratulate the 1,100 athletes on their courageous effort and performances at Summer Games. This also wouldn’t be possible without the coaches and 2,000 volunteers who played a big part in giving the athletes the support they deserve. Through six competitions venues, as well as a Young Athletes Festival, Healthy Athletes Village, Family Pavilion, and Festival, you showed that we can create a more accepting and inclusion community when we all come together. We also would like to extend our gratitude to the 33 sponsors, including Title Sponsor The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation, who contributed their time and host site Cal State Long Beach for providing top-notch facilities.
About Summer Games
On June 11 and 12 we witnessed the human spirit on full display at the 2016 Summer Games at California State University, Long Beach. Summer Games attracts more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California who will compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons. The Games features our six summer sports — aquatics, athletics (track & field), basketball, bocce, golf, and gymnastics.
Summer Games is one of two annual championships held at the conclusion of each sport season, with athletes coming together from throughout Southern California.
There is more to the Games than simply the competition. Special Olympics offers a number of programs beneficial to the athletes and their families, including free health screenings.
Special Olympics athletes at Summer Games receive free health screenings for optometry, podiatry, hearing, dental, dietary and fitness.
Families will be able to relax and enjoy good company, with a host of activities and refreshments available.
Attendees shop for souvenirs and merchandise at the official store for Special Olympics Southern California and Summer Games. Everything from T-shirts to hats to lapel pins and tote bags will be available.
Attendees can stop by to check out the entertainment, sponsor booths, games, arts and crafts, music, and much more. Families of athletes are also welcomed to stop by the Family Pavilion.
Young Athletes Festival
Children with or without intellectual disabilities, ages 2 - 7, are introduced to sports during the Young Athletes Festival
at Summer Games, including one new addition this year.
Saturday, June 11 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Track Stadium
Kick off Summer Games by attending the free Opening Ceremony, which features the Parade of Athletes, live performances, and the lighting of the official cauldron to signify the beginning of the Games.
Sunday, June 12 from 3 – 3:30 p.m. at the Festival Stage
Help send off the athletes as they leave for home with their medals, ribbons, and lots of smiles at Closing Ceremony. Along with a musical performance, we’ll announce the winners of the 2016 John West Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteer of the Year and the 2016 Paul & Margaret Thorsen Most Inspirational Athlete Award.
Athletes and Coaches are invited to attend the Saturday dance.
Breakfast with Champions
Breakfast With Champions brings leaders of the business and sports communities together to honor the accomplishments of Special Olympics athletes and to showcase the benefits provided by its programs. The breakfast includes inspiring speakers and videos, a parade of Olympians, prominent sports figures and Special Olympics athletes.