Special Olympics Northern California recently hosted the Summer Games for the first time in-person since 2019! Summer Games is our largest local competition and featured hundreds of athletes and coaches from 25 counties coming together to participate in competitions, activities, social events and more.
Summer Games was a high-visibility, multi-day event which showcased the talent, determination and joy of our Special Olympics community. Along with intense competition, athletes had the opportunity to meet new friends, receive free health screenings and experience independence – often for the first time – all while being supported by family, friends and fans.
Opening Ceremony: Parade of Athletes, festivities, and the culmination of the region-wide Law Enforcement Torch Run that leads into Summer Games every year. Special guests included Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and performance painter David Garibaldi.
Athlete Competitions: Bocce, swimming, tennis, track & field
Young Athletes Program: Activities for children ages 2–9
Healthy Athletes screenings: Free non-invasive health screenings for athletes in areas such as vision, dental and more.
Olympic Village: Free activities to enjoy between competitions.