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Levels of Competition

Athletes advance to higher levels of competition, as described below, through criteria established by the previous level of competition in accordance with Special Olympics policies and procedures.

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  • Area games are local competitions held within the county or counties the area is comprised of. Competition must be conducted in compliance with official Special Olympics Rules. Area events may be conducted as qualifiers in order to meet the criteria for advancement to the next level of competition.
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  • Sports Offered: Bowling, Cycling, Soccer, Tennis
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  • State games are state-wide competitions conducted at the culmination of each sports season and serve as qualifiers to meet the criteria for athletes to advance to the National level of competition. State games are the highest level of competition offered for athletes within the state. State games are conducted in compliance with Special Olympics rules.
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  • USA Summer Games are conducted every four years. Each Chapter of the United States sends a delegation representing their state.
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Special Olympics Athlete Oath

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, Let me be brave in the attempt”