Summer Games

Det. Jason Stevenson (Delaware State Police) and Elizabeth Nolan (Outstanding Athlete) wave as they celebrate the lighting of the cauldron.

Det. Jason Stevenson (Delaware State Police) and Elizabeth Nolan (Outstanding Athlete) wave as they celebrate the lighting of the cauldron.

2015 marks the 45th SODE Summer Games

(see new changes below in event information)

Special Olympics Delaware's signature event, sponsored by DuPont, takes place the second weekend each June at the University of Delaware.

Athletes and unified partners compete in six sports -- aquatics, bocce, powerlifting, softball, tennis and track & field -- over two days.

In addition to the competitions, athletes have the opportunity to spend the night with their teams in the dormitories, and enjoy the activities in Olympic Village at the Family Picnic on Friday after competition.

The grand Opening Ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m. on Friday at the Bob Carpenter Center and is free and open to the public.

More than 1,000 volunteers from a variety of companies and the community at large, led by a veteran organizing committee, donate their time and talents to ensure this event is a memorable experience for everyone involved.

In addition to the sponsors and supporters listed below, the Delaware National Guard provides vital behind-the-scenes support for logistics and operations.


Event Information


The 45th  annual Summer Games is June 12-13, 2015, at the University of Delaware.

Overview of Summer Games (added April 29, 2015)

New in 2015:

  • Opening Ceremony is Friday at 12:30 p.m.
  • Aquatics is held at the UD Outdoor Pool.
  • Softball is held on fields at the UD athletic complex.

NEW! Family Ads form for the 2015 Summer Games Program


Sports Information

Schedules and information (updated May 20, 2015)


Sports Offered

Aquatics: Sponsored by YMCA of Delaware and Discover, events at the UD Outdoor Pool range from flotation races to 100 individual medleys.

Bocce: Sponsored by Citi Delaware, doubles teams vie for the gold at the Bob Carpenter Center and Rullo Stadium.

Powerlifting: Sponsored by TD Bank, athletes compete in bench press, squat and combined on Saturday at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Softball: Sponsored by Wells Fargo , the Unified Softball tournament begins Friday morning with preliminary games followed by medal-round games on Saturday. All games take place at the University of Delaware softball field and Bob Hannah Stadium (baseball field).

Tennis: Sponsored by Barclay Card, athletes can participate in singles, doubles, Unified doubles or the individual skills competition. All matches take place on the UD outdoor tennis courts, located on the North side of the Delaware Field House.

Track & Field: Sponsored by DuPont, preliminary races and field events -- sponsored by Enterprise -- take place Friday along with some finals, but the bulk of the finals take place Saturday. All events are held at Grant Stadium, located behind the football stadium.

Motor Activity Training Program demonstrations take place as part of the aquatics and track and field schedules.

Young Athletes: Children ages 2-7 demonstrate motor skills in beginning aquatics and track and field events thanks to the support of the Judy Marvel Foundation, Mattel Children's Foundation, Toys R Us, and Kim Samuel and the Lynch Family Foundation


Non-sports Activities

Awards: The awards venues highlight the athletes' accomplishments and include members of Delaware Law Enforcement presenting medals to each participant.

Family Dinner & Dance: The Family Dinner & Dance is the perfect opportunity for athletes, coaches and families to gather and celebrate. It takes place on Friday afternoon/evening in Olympic Village from 4 - 6 p.m.

Healthy Athletes: Opening Eyes, Special Smiles, Fit Feet and Healthy Hearing offered Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Olympic Village. All athletes are encouraged to attend.

Law Enforcement Torch Run: This 160-mile event begins Wednesday night at 7 p.m. with a special kick-off ceremony in Rehoboth Beach and continues until the "Flame of Hope" arrives at the Opening Ceremony on Friday. More information

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided for all registered athletes, coaches, team volunteers and day-of event volunteers.

Olympic Village: Sponsored by DOW, the Olympic Village provides opportunities for athletes to learn and have fun Friday morning. Numerous activities, demonstrations and special guests are featured.

Opening Ceremony: The Opening Ceremony is FRIDAY AT 12:30 AT THE BOB CARPENTER CENTER. Teams will march into the ceremony by sport within each Area.


Family Information

Summer Games program: Family ads are a great way for families and friends to commemorate the achievements of a Special Olympics athlete, coach or team. It is also a perfect way for individuals or families to congratulate World Games participants in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in July. Full-page or half-page ads are available. Choose your ad size and complete the family ad form. 

Dinner & Dance: Families are invited to be SODE's guests at the Friday evening dinner and dance, where they can join their athletes to talk about the day's events, dance, dance, dance, or just relax and visit with other family members. It's held at the Bob Carpenter Center after the Opening Ceremony.

Concessions: will be available on both days at several locations.  

Hospitality: Provided by Aramark, the perfect opportunity for families to visit with each other, learn more about Special Olympics, and enjoy refreshments 

Directions: Directions to the UD athletic complex.

Housing for Families: Due to limited dormitory space, housing on campus is not available for families. However, there are several hotels located near the athletic complex. 

Opening Ceremony: Families are invited to be in the stands for the Opening Ceremony at 12:15 p.m.

Safety Guidelines: For the safety of the competitors, family members will not be allowed directly in the competition areas. Only credentialed coaches and volunteers will be permitted "inside the ropes" at competition venues. There will be ample spectator seating at all venues and opportunities to take photos from designated areas, including at awards. We appreciate you respecting the directional signs located at each venue. For safety reasons, non-credentialed family members will not be permitted into the dormitories to visit the athletes.