Special Olympics USA 2022 officially kicks off in Central Florida


ORLANDO, Florida. – With the flame lit, it’s time for the Special Olympics USA 2022 Games taking place here in Central Florida. An opening ceremony at Exploria Stadium on Sunday morning brought together athletes, coaches, officials and fans to celebrate.

All the athletes took part in the march around the Exploria stadium field and welcomed the torch to light the cauldron. Special guests showed up for the celebration, including Grammy-winning artist Sara Bareilles and Mickey, Minnie and the Gang.

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More than 5,500 athletes are in town for the games from all 50 states and the Caribbean islands. 607 athletes will represent Florida at the games.

There are nineteen different competitions scheduled, including beginner surfing, freestyle swimming and horseback riding. Venues include ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, USTA National Campus and Rosen Aquatic Center.

The competitions start on Monday and continue until Saturday. More information about the Special Olympics USA 2022 Games can be found here.

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