University of Minnesota to host 2026 Special Olympics USA
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The 2026 Special Olympics USA Games will be held at the University of Minnesota. Gov. Tim Walz says he’s “incredibly proud” to have Minnesota host the seven-day event.
It’s expected to draw as many as 4,000 athletes, 10,000 volunteers, 1,500 coaches, and 75,000 fans from the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. The games for children and adults with intellectual disabilities will include 15 Olympic-type team and individual sports and five demonstration sports. Competitions will be held at the university and other venues.
The university will offer its housing, athletic, dining and medical facilities for the athletes, coaches, families and fans.