2022 Special Olympics USA Games underway in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. — The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games kicked off with the opening ceremony at Exploria Stadium on Sunday.

More than 5,000 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean will compete in the week-long event.


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Special Olympics USA Games President Joe Dzaluk said the games are about more than medals, they are about inclusion.

“The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games truly is an incredible opportunity to come together in the spirit of inclusion and to celebrate remarkable ability and teamwork,” said Dzaluk.

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The USA Games is hosted once every four years and showcases 19 Olympic-style teams, individual sports, and 30 events.

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More information about the games and a schedule of events can be found here.

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.

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