2016 Schedule of Events

February 20: Polarpalooza festival featuring the Polar Plunge, the Nate Rogers Race for the Laces 5K, chili cookoff and live music

April 2: State Spring Games

April 21: Boots & Badges, MGM Park, Biloxi

May 16-20: Law Enforcement Torch Run

May 20 - 21: State Summer Games at Keesler AFB, Biloxi

June 21: Hit a Home Run for Special Olympics, Trustmark Park, Pearl

June 25: State Softball Tournament, Freedom Ridge Park, Ridgeland

October 21 - 22: State Fall Games at Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg

November 7: Unified Soul Bowl, Alcorn State University, Lorman

November 10: Countdown to Victory, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Jackson

November 14: Unified Egg Bowl, Mississippi State University, Starkville


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The annual Hit a Home Run for Special Olympics charity softball game is a can’t-miss marquee homerun16matchup featuring Governor Phil Bryant that brings together champion athletes, celebrities and Special Olympics athletes on unified teams.

On June 21 at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Gov. Bryant plus athletes like Michael Lewis (Saints); Sarah Thomas (NFL ref); Steve Avery and Marquis Grissom (Atlanta Braves); and more will take the field alongside Special Olympics athletes from Mississippi.

Two games, one ticket! Your ticket for the 2016 Southern League All-Star Game at 7:30 p.m. gets you in to see the Hit a Home Run for Special Olympics unified softball game at 5 p.m.! Check out the packages and buy your tickets today at www.msbraves.com/allstargame.

This year at Summer Games, we honor 30 years of commitment from Keesler Air Force Base to helping our athletes develop and reach their potential.

This May, Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi will host our annual statewide Summer Games competitions for the 30th year. Please check back for details on event times and locations

Also: Support the men and women in blue who support our athletes! Find when the Law Enforcement Torch Run will be in your town, and show up to cheer them on! 


Special Olympics Mississippi is kicking off its 2016 Summer Games season with a charity softball game that honors its athletes, volunteers and champions. The airmen and women of Keesler Air Force Base will face the police officers of the Law Enforcement Torch Run at the first “Boots & Badges" game at MGM Park on April 21, with proceeds from tickets sold by Special Olympics Mississippi benefiting the organization. The teams will include Special Olympics athletes playing alongside partner athletes on unified teams.

Thanks to all who made Polarpalooza 2016 a success!

Our annual Countdown to Victory fundraising gala honors the accomplishments of more than 4,000 athletes across the state who compete year-around locally, regionally and even on an international scale. The event will feature a $5,000 Drawdown, live entertainment from Stogdaddy & the Good Time Band, the Race to Taste featuring the best of the Jackson metro's restaurants and beverages, and much more. 


It takes a mission as strong as the Special Olympics Play Unified movement to mend a rivalry as deep as the divide between our state's biggest rivalries. Support the second annual Unified Egg Bowl and the first-ever Unified Soul Bowl!


Purchase ticket vouchers now for Hit a Home Run for Special Olympics, featuring Brett Favre, Gov. Phil Bryant and more! Buying your ticket vouchers online in advance ensures your contribution to Special Olympics Mississippi. 


Special Olympics Mississippi is sending two athletes and a partner to compete in the 2015 World Games, July 26-August 2, in Los Angeles. 

Kyle Dutiel of Brandon has earned a spot among just ten American equestrian athletes and will compete in three events: dressage, working trails and English equitation. Taylor Rosenthal of Shannon will compete with his father and unified partner, Bill Rosenthal, in nine-hole golf.

Will you contribute today to help cover the costs of their journey to compete on the world stage? Donate here now!




Join us for celebrations in Tupelo, Jackson and Biloxi as the first-ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America makes its way to the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.

Tupelo Celebration
Tuesday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Fairpark in Downtown Tupelo 

Jackson Celebration
Sunday, June 14 at 3:30 p.m.
Trustmark Park in Pearl

Biloxi Celebration
Monday, June 15 at 6 p.m.
Kings Daughters Memorial at Biloxi Town Green 

Click here for more information!


Keesler Air Force Base hosted the 2015 Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games on May 8-10. Photos, video and more to come soon! Check out this clip from The Sun Herald.


Get freezin' for a reason at the festival with a cause!

The First Polarpalooza Featuring the Polar Plunge is coming! Mississippians will make a pledge and take a frosty dip in the Ross Barnett Reservoir on Saturday, February 14, 2015, in honor of their favorite charity, Special Olympics Mississippi.

But this isn’t just another fundraising event. This is the premier event of the winter and the only major music festival in Central Mississippi. Featuring two-time Grammy® nominee headliners North Mississippi Allstars, rising blues star Jarekus Singleton and more, Polarpalooza is also an all-day concert with fun for the family, including a chili cookoff and much more right on Reservoir Landing in Ridgeland.


Special Olympics Mississippi will host its annual gala, Countdown to Victory Presented by Bob Boyte Honda, on December 4 at 6 p.m. at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson, featuring a chance to win $5,000 and much more.

Hosted by honorary chair Patrick House, winner of The Bigger Loser, the Countdown to Victory will be a fun-filled event that includes a $5,000 drawdown, live and silent auctions, dinner, beverages, live music and awards for our athletes and volunteers! Purchase your tickets online now.


On November 19th, students, alumni and fans of Mississippi State and Ole Miss can make history by supporting the first-ever Special Olympics Unified Egg Bowl and help start Special Olympics programs at their schools. Visit UnifiedEggBowl.org to join the cause!


Feeling lucky? Run for a great cause — Special Olympics Mississippi. Find out more and register now.


Register now for the Ingalls 5K on the Causeway and run for Special Olympics on Saturday, September 20 in Pascagoula!  

Hit a Home Run for Special Olympics Mississippi! The Media Giants will meet Gov. Phil Bryant’s Phillies at the 2014 Hit a Home Run for Special Olympics Presented by Watson Quality Ford, which returns to Trustmark Park in Pearl on August 14. The charity matchup is part of a doubleheader that concludes with the Mississippi Braves facing the Montgomery Biscuits at 7 p.m. that evening.

Damian Ford, Erin Showah, Kyle Dutiel, Stuart Brabham, Luke Robinson, Gov. Phil Bryant, Jason Smith, Ben Rogers, Chris Walters, Todd Carter; Robert Watson, Owner of Watson Quality Ford; and Tony Bahou, President and CEO of Special Olympics Mississippi.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Watson Quality FordMagnolia HealthTrustmark, Atmos EnergyAdCamp, Inc. and Hopper Properties! In addition, Mandy & Paul Rogers are sponsoring the event in memory of their son, Nate Rogers, and in honor of their son, Ben Rogers, who will play in the game.

Additional sponsor opportunities are available.  Click here for more information.

July 10-13th, Biloxi Yacht Club
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Children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics develop improved fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image. They grow mentally, socially and spiritually and, through their activities, exhibit boundless courage and enthusiasm, enjoy the rewards of friendship and ultimately discover not only new abilities and talents but “their voices” as well.