summer Games

The State Summer Games are the largest event on the calendar with over 2500 athletes, coaches, volunteers and family members attending. Tennessee Titans Head Coach, Mike Vrabel was the Keynote Speaker at the 2018 Opening Ceremony. Festivities will kick off on Friday, May 17th 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 2019 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 is 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 with the exception of 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!

Special Olympics Tennessee

Location and Times

May 17th & 18th 2019

State Summer Games

Nashville, TN

Special Events:

Opening Ceremony

Presented by Chick fil-A

May 17th - Allen Arena - 6:30pm


May 18th

Lipscomb University & Centennial Sportsplex

Sports Offered:

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