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

March 28: SOMS State Basketball & Soccer Tournament

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

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

August 20: Hit a Home Run for Special Olympics, Trustmark Park, Pearl

August 21: State Softball Tournament

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

October 31: Lucky 7 Run

November 19: Unified Egg Bowl, University of Mississippi Campus

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


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A key feature of Special Olympics is a series of sports competitions patterned on the World Olympics and held annually at each organizational level, culmination in World Summer and Winter Games, which alternate every two years. In addition to the athletic competition, all Games include the pageantry and excitement of the Olympics Games, with events, such as; Opening & Closing Ceremonies, the lighting of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope, Awards Ceremonies, and a variety of cultural activities.

Over 100 area games, 95 coaches training schools, and seven state level competitions are held annually in a variety of sports that take place in the State of Mississippi. The State Games Sites include:

  • Biloxi/ Ocean Springs/ Keesler AFB for State Summer Games
  • Hattiesburg/ Camp Shelby for State Fall Games
  • Gulfport for State Equestrian
  • The Coast Area for Winter Sports Games
  • Southaven/ Jackson/ Coast for State Bowling
  • Madison for State Basketball
  • Sardis Lake/ State Park for State Canoeing

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