Summer Games

Summer Games is the culminating competition for our spring sports season with athletes competing in aquatics, bocce, tennis or track & field. It is one of the largest Special Olympics Northern California sporting events held every year. 

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                                              June 26 - 28, 2015



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2015 Summer Games Fact Sheet


Table of Contents

About Summer Games

Campus Map and Driving Directions

The Torch Run Info and Routes

Opening Ceremonies



Olympic Village


More than 700 Special Olympics athletes will descend on the UC Davis Campus to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games. Accompanying the athletes and cheering them on will be over 200 of their volunteer coaches.  After weeks of training and participating at a qualifying competition, the athletes will compete in aquatics, bocce, tennis or track & field in state-of-the-art collegiate athletic facilities on the UC Davis campus. 


Summer Games is the culminating competition for our spring sports season and is one of the largest Special Olympics sporting competitions in Northern California. The minimum age of the competitors is eight years of age and there is no age limit cap. Athletes have varying ability levels and are put into divisions to compete against athletes of the approximate same ability level. Over 1,200 volunteers will be on hand to fill a variety of volunteer positions over the course of the weekend.




Campus Map

Driving Directions



An important part of Summer Games is the running of the Special Olympics Torch, the "Flame of Hope" prior to the start of the Games. The Flame of Hope will be relayed through Northern California escorted by various law enforcement agency personnel, ending at the UC Davis campus, lighting the caldron during Opening Ceremonies.  




The weekend's festivities will begin  with Opening Ceremonies on Friday evening at the UC Davis Aggie Soccer Stadium. Opening Ceremonies will be an evening of excitement for our athletes, and the coaches, families and volunteers who support Special Olympics.        

Opening Ceremonies begins with the traditional parade of athletes. Athletes and their coaches will be welcomed into Aggie Soccer Stadium by the "Wall of Honor" consisting of law enforcement personnel from all over Northern California who have raised funds and awareness for Special Olympics throughout the year. 


Opening Ceremonies concludes with the dramatic arrival of the Flame of Hope escorted by a police motorcade and law enforcement personnel. The law enforcement personnel will be joined by Special Olympics athletes, and together, they will light the Special Olympics caldron to officially open the Games.




Athletes are why we exist. Volunteers are how we exist. Some 300 coaches will accompany our athletes and will be with them for the duration of Summer Games. Over the course of the weekend, another 1,200 volunteers will come out to help.


Of course one of the most important duties of all is being a fan in the stands and cheering for our athletes! Spectators are welcome and there is no admission fee.



After weeks of training and competing at a regional competition, athletes will experience the thrill of competing in state-of-the-art collegiate athletic facilities on the UC Davis campus. 


Aquatics - Schaal Aquatic Center

Bocce - Howard Field


Tennis - Welch Tennis Center


Track & Field - Toomey Field




Olympic Village provides athletes the opportunity to relax, make new friends and unwind in between their competitive events. Athletes can visit the Law Enforcement Torch Run booth to hobnob with their favorite officers, participate in arts and crafts, and enjoy the latest hits played by an onsite deejay. Families and visitors are welcome to Olympic Village and invited to visit the merchandise booth where Special Olympics merchandise will be for sale.  


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Opening Ceremonies