2015 Schedule of Events

January 21: Special Olympics Mississippi will play Special Olympics Alabama in a traditional basketball exhibition during halftime of the MSU vs. Auburn game in Auburn, AL

February 14: Polarpalooza Festival featuring the Polar Plunge and music from North Mississippi Allstars, Jarekus Singleton, Mustache the Band and Stogdaddy and the Good Time Band

February 21: Nate Rogers Race for the Laces 5K, Madison

March 21: Color My College 5K, Ole Miss

March 28: SOMS State Basketball & Soccer Tournament

May 8 - 10: SOMS State Summer Games at Keesler AFB, Biloxi

June 29 - July 1: SOMS State Canoeing Games at Paul B. Johnson State Park, Hattiesburg

July 26 - August 2: Special Olympics World Games, Los Angeles

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

August 22: State Softball Tournament

September 24-27: Softball Invitational Tournament, Wichita, KS

October 9 - 10: State Fall Games at Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg

November 7: State Equestrian Competition, Purvis

November 9: Unified Soul Bowl, Jackson State University, Jackson

November 16: Unified Egg Bowl, University of Mississippi Campus

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


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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. Tickets are available online now.


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.