Special Olympics is seeking volunteers to help with the Missouri State Summer Games set for June 2-4, 2017 at Missouri State University.

More than 1,000 athletes and coaches from around the state will be in the city and a variety of volunteer opportunities are available. More than 600 volunteers are needed to make this event possible, so if you’re interested in volunteering to keep time, escort athletes, take photos, etc., visit the website to sign up today.

The State Summer Games officially kick off at 7:00 p.m. June 2 with the Opening Ceremony at Hammons Student Center on the MSU campus. The ceremony will feature the Parade of Athletes, the culmination of the statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run, the lighting of the Flame of Hope and the traditional declaration. The event is free and open to the public.

Competition events – powerlifting, volleyball, aquatics and track and field – all take place at MSU beginning at 10:30 a.m. June 2 and ending with the last event at 1 p.m. June 4.

The organization also is on a mission to put “fans in the stands” to cheer for the athletes. Even if you can only stay an hour or two, the athletes will appreciate your support from the stands or the sidelines working alongside them.

Venues and times are as follows:


Volleyball – Hammons Student Center

  • 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 2


Track & Field – MSU Track Complex

  • 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3
  • 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 4


Aquatics – Hammons Student Center

  • 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 3


Powerlifting – Hammons Student Center

  • 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. June 3


Special Olympics is dedicated to improving the overall health and fitness of athletes, not only through organized sports training and competition but by also providing free health screenings through the Healthy Athletes program. FUNFitness, Healthy Hearing, Opening Eyes and Special Smiles are provided for SOMO athletes free of charge. The Healthy Athletes Park will be from 11-4 p.m. June 3 at Hammons Student Center.

For more information about volunteering at the 2016 State Summer Games, visit https://somo.volunteerhub.com/lp/summer/events.

Please visit www.somo.org/summer to make a donation, register to volunteer and for more information.