Ohio 2022 Special Olympics Indoor Winter Games Return to BGSU | News

Athletes across Ohio are ready for the return of the Special Olympics Ohio Indoor Winter Games. As the organization’s second largest annual tournament at the state level, the Winter Games will be held this weekend at Bowling Green State University. The event will include athlete basketball, basketball skills, cheerleading and swim tournaments, as well as unified sports and healthy athlete programs.

More than 750 athletes will compete in traditional and unified sports competitions at the Indoor Winter Games. Unified Sports brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team and is inspired by a simple idea: training and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. These experiences are empowering, exciting and proven to improve attitudes and behaviors in all young people, with or without ID.

“Special Olympics Ohio athletes, coaches, unified partners, volunteers and spectators are excited to safely return to the Indoor Winter Games this year since we last hosted the event in 2020 due to the pandemic. Hosting the event at Bowling Green State University allows us to provide exceptional competition venues to showcase the hard work and training the athletes have put into preparing for this event,” said Jessica Stewart, president and CEO of Special Olympics Ohio.

In addition to athletic competitions, athletes will have access to free health screenings and education through the Healthy Athletes program. Healthy Athletes is not just a program for athletes, but through training and hands-on experience during screenings, it is also a program for students and medical professionals to increase knowledge about best practices in care and communication with people with ID.

Special Olympics Ohio advances the global inclusion movement through sports, health education and leadership programs that empower people with developmental disabilities throughout Ohio. By providing year-round athletic training and competition for 20,000 athletes across the state, Special Olympics Ohio offers everyone the opportunity to develop fitness, show courage, experience joy and to participate in a community to which he belongs.

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