summer Games

The State Summer Games are the largest event on the calendar with over 2500 athletes, coaches, volunteers, and family members attending. Previous Keynote Speakers for Opening Ceremony have been Tennessee Titans Head Coach, Mike Vrabel, and Taylor Washington from the Nashville Soccer Club. Festivities will kick off on Friday, May 15th with the Law Enforcement Torch Run starting at 5:30 p.m. on Lipscomb University’s Campus. Law enforcement representatives will run with the flame to present and light the cauldron to signify the start of the 2020 Special Olympics Tennessee Summer Games. When the Flame of Hope arrives at Allen Arena, the Summer Games Opening Ceremony presented by Chick-fil-A will begin. The ceremony will start at 6:45 p.m. and run through approximately 8:30 p.m. The Opening Ceremony presented by Chick-fil-A includes the Special Olympics Parade of Athletes, lighting of the cauldron, Keynote Speaker, special recognitions and in-ceremony fun from Chick-fil-A Cows and Operators.

Athletes compete in six different sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Bocce, Powerlifting, Tennis, and Volleyball.

Competition schedules will be released in late April. All events will occur at Lipscomb University except for Aquatics which will be at Centennial Sportsplex.

We're excited to announce that Chick-fil-A will once again provide lunch for all athletes, coaches, and volunteers!

Volunteer registration will be active 6-8 weeks prior to the Summer Games.

Special Olympics Tennessee

Location and Times

May 15th & 16th 2020

State Summer Games

Nashville, TN

Special Events:

Law Enforcement Torch Run

May 15th - Bell Tower - 5:30 pm

Opening Ceremony

Presented by Chick-fil-A

May 15th - Allen Arena - 6:30 pm

Healthy Athletes Opening Eyes Lions Club International Vision Screening

Presented by United Healthcare

May 16th - Lipscomb Academy McCadams Athletic Center - 9am-4pm

Victory Celebration

Presented by BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee Community Trust

May 16th - Student Activity Center - 6:30pm


May 16th

Lipscomb University & Centennial Sportsplex Indoor Sports Complex

Sports Offered:

  • Aquatics
  • Athletics (Track and Field)
  • Unified Bocce
  • Powerlifiting
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball