Summer Games, our largest statewide competition draws thousands of athletes, families, volunteers and supporters to Keesler Air Force Base every May for a weekend of friendly fun and fierce competition.
We celebrated 30 years of Summer Games at Keesler in 2016 with the theme, “The Jewels of the Sea,” in recognition of the traditional pearl anniversary and our host city’s maritime legacy. For a pearl to form, there must be a combination of determination, hard work and the perfect circumstances. Once it develops, it is unique and unlike any other pearl in the sea. The process determines the outcome.
In Special Olympics, we celebrate our athletes with the bronze, silver and gold medals as the pinnacles of achievement. But the process—the community of friends, the sharing of joy—is what truly creates the rewards. This year at Summer Games, we honored 30 years of commitment from Keesler Air Force Base to helping our athletes develop and reach their potential—to become the jewels in a crowded sea.
Summer Games 2016 Photo Gallery