Orlando has officially been awarded the title of being the host city for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games. The announcement was made by Special Olympics North America and Special Olympics Florida on Friday, May 18th.
The 2022 games will run from June 5th-June 10th comprised of 15 Olympic type team and individual sports. It's estimated that more than 4,000 athletes, 10,000 volunteers, 1500 coaches, and 75,000 fans from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will travel across the U.S. to unite in Orlando and participate in the Special Olympics USA Games in 2022. The games are expected to be hosted at various venues in Orlando including YMCA Aquatic Center, U.S. Tennis Association Campus in Lake Nona, Walt Disney World Resort and Boardwalk Bowl.
“After a year-long bid process, we are proud that so many of our athletes, coaches, volunteers, families and fans will get to visit Florida for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games,” said Joe Dzaluk, President and CEO of 2022 Special Olympics USA Games. “The USA Games will open our hearts and minds towards people with intellectual disabilities. This monumental endeavor will create a pivotal stage for Special Olympics and brings to light the passionate work Floridians have long been doing, including helping the outstanding athletes achieve their dreams and promote health, education, inclusion, and acceptance.”
The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games will mark the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics Florida. Not only is it an honor to have the 2022 games hosted in Orlando, the opportunity also comes with the potential to generate as much as $61 million dollars making a significant economic impact.