Summer Games

Summer Games is the culminating competition for our spring sports season with athletes competing in aquatics, bocce, tennis or track & field. It is one of the largest Special Olympics Northern California sporting events held every year. 

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                                June 24 - June 26, 2016                          


Summer Games Information Guide

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Table of Contents

About Summer Games

Campus Map and Driving Directions

The Torch Run Info

Opening Ceremonies



Olympic Village


Approximately 1,000 Special Olympics athletes and their coaches descended on the UC Davis Campus to compete in the 2016 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games. After weeks of training and participating at a qualifying competition, the athletes competed in aquatics, bocce, tennis or track & field in state-of-the-art collegiate athletic facilities on the UC Davis campus. 


Summer Games is the culminating competition for our spring sports season and is one of the largest Special Olympics sporting competitions in Northern California. The minimum age of the competitors is eight years of age and there is no age limit cap. Athletes have varying ability levels and are put into divisions to compete against athletes of the approximate same ability level. Over 1,200 volunteers were on hand to fill a variety of volunteer positions over the course of the weekend.




Campus Map

Driving Directions



An important part of Summer Games is the running of the Special Olympics Torch, the "Flame of Hope" prior to the start of the Games. The Flame of Hope was relayed through Northern California escorted by various law enforcement agency personnel, ending at Opening Ceremonies where it lit the caldron signaling the opening of the Games.  




The weekend's festivities began with Opening Ceremonies on Friday evening at the UC ARC Pavillion. Opening Ceremonies is an evening of excitement for our athletes, and the coaches, families and volunteers who support Special Olympics.        

Opening Ceremonies began with the traditional parade of athletes. Athletes and their coaches were welcomed  to the Games by the "Wall of Honor" consisting of law enforcement personnel from all over Northern California who raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics throughout the year. 


Opening Ceremonies concluded with the dramatic arrival of the Flame of Hope escorted by a police motorcade and law enforcement personnel. The law enforcement personnel were joined by Special Olympics athletes, and together, they lit  the Special Olympics caldron to officially open the Games.





Athletes are why we exist. Volunteers are how we exist. Some 250 coaches accompanied our athletes for the duration of Summer Games. Over the course of the weekend, another 1,200 volunteers came out to help.


Of course one of the most important duties of all is being a fan in the stands and cheering for our athletes! Spectators were welcomed and admission was free!.



After weeks of training and competing at a regional competition, athletes  experienced the thrill of competing in state-of-the-art collegiate athletic facilities on the UC Davis campus. 


Aquatics - Schaal Aquatic Center

Bocce - A Street Field


Tennis - Welch Tennis Center


Track & Field - Toomey Field




Olympic Village provided athletes the opportunity to relax, make new friends and unwind in between their competitive events. Athletes visistedt the Law Enforcement Torch Run booth to hobnob with their favorite officers and enjoyed the various sponsor booths provided for the entertainment of the athletes.  



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