Walt Disney World is the main site for the 2022 Special Olympics


This year, the Special Olympics is taking place in Florida, and ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World appears to be the central location for the event. Special Olympics to be held at the sports complex will include basketball, weightlifting, volleyball, soccer and track and field. To kick off the event, Disney held a special parade to celebrate the athletes.

Joe Dzaluk, President and CEO of the 2022 Special Olympics USA said:

We are thrilled that for the first time in 50 years the games are here in Florida. Our first athletes arrived this morning.

The majority of events will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports. It’s the biggest game with over 5,500 athletes and coaches and they’ll be able to show off what they’ve been working on over the past few years.

20 sports [will be played] this is 50% more than in the past. We even go surfing at Typhoon Lagoon.

Here’s a video about the event that Disney released:

The parade was the final leg of the United States Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run before the games. The Torch Run began in Chicago and ended at Exploria Stadium in Orlando. From there he went to Main Street USA to the Magic Kingdom.

Disney World Welcomes Special Olympics Athletes With Sparkling Parade

Faron Kelley, Vice President of ESPN Wide World of Sports commented:

All we want to do is just match all of our efforts with all the hard work they’ve put in to get here. This will be an awesome event and we couldn’t be prouder as Walt Disney World, as Central Florida, to host this incredible event.

Disney World Welcomes Special Olympics Athletes With Sparkling Parade

How to watch the Special Olympics:

Today is the start of the event with the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics USA Games. This ceremony will be broadcast on ABC, the ESPN app and ESPN3.

Coverage of the Special Olympics USA Games will continue Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be available on ESPN2 and the ESPN app. Live coverage can be viewed on ESPN3 throughout the week.

Coverage will conclude on June 12 with a special program, “The Best of Special Olympics USA Games”, which will be viewable on ABC, ESPN3 and the ESPN app.

Good luck and congratulations to all the athletes!

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Source: Disney Parks Blog

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