Summer Games Overview
Join us in revealing Champions! Special Olympics Nebraska is proud to host over 1000 athletes, coaches and unified partners who will put a year’s worth of hard work and dedication to the test as they compete at the 2017 Summer Games!
The Special Olympics Nebraska Summer Games are the largest statewide individual event and are scheduled to take place between May 17-20 at Creighton University, Northwest High School and other venues in Omaha.
As part of the build-up for the Games, the annual Nebraska Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place May 10-18th. The Torch Run involves officials from all levels of law enforcement who carry the “Flame of Hope” to the Summer Games for an inspirational entrance into Opening Ceremonies. For the entire week leading up the start of the Games, officers from throughout the state of Nebraska carry the flame, which traverses numerous Nebraska cities, towns and rural communities on its way to Omaha. Thousands gather along the Torch Run routes to show their support for Special Olympics Nebraska and local law enforcement.
Opening Ceremonies will be held at the DJ Sokol Arena at Creighton University on Thursday, May 18th at 7:00pm. The celebration begins with the Parade of Athletes along with the Omaha Police Department Bag Pipes and Drums. To conclude the evening singer, songwriter, and NBC’s The Voice contestant and Lincoln-native Hannah Huston will take the stage for a free concert. We invite the public to join the celebration, doors open at 6:00pm, so come early to grab your seats! Click here to reserve your Opening Ceremony Tickets!
Athletes will compete for victory in track and field, roller skating, aquatics, power lifting, volleyball and gymnastics.
In addition to competitive sporting events, Special Olympics Nebraska will be providing Healthy Athlete screenings for our athletes to include Opening Eyes (vision), Special Smiles (dentistry), Healthy Hearing (audiology), Fit Feet (podiatry), and Strong Minds (mental health and nutrition).
As an athlete-centered and volunteer driven organization, Special Olympics Nebraska relies on the support of community volunteers, families and fans to make the Games an ongoing success. The Summer Games would not happen without the help of over 700 dedicated volunteers working as scorekeepers, timers and escorts. Special Olympics Nebraska invites you donate your time and affect positive change in someone’s life and enrich your own!
If you are interested in volunteering at Summer Games, visit our Current Volunteer Opportunities.
For any questions regarding Summer Games, contact the appropriate person:
Sports and Competition Inquiries
Dave Demyan - Director of Sports and Competition: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nate Parks - VP of Program: email@example.com
Healthy Athletes Inquiries
Alisa Hoffman - Special Programs Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Athlete Housing Inquiries
Kay Drwal - Administrative Assistant: email@example.com
Addison Nokels - Program Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maggie Stryson - Volunteer Manager: email@example.com