Special Olympics Ohio Indoor Winter Games back at BGSU

Almost 1,000 athletes will participate in Traditional and Unified Sports competitions at the Indoor Winter Games at BGSU March 3-5.

Athletes across Ohio are preparing for Special Olympics Ohio’s 2023 Indoor Winter Games presented by Marathon Petroleum.

The organization’s second largest state-level annual tournament will be held on March 3-5 at Bowling Green State University. The event will include basketball, basketball skills, competitive cheerleading, and swimming tournaments for athletes as well as Unified Sports and Healthy Athletes programs.

Almost 1,000 athletes will participate in Traditional and Unified Sports competitions at the Indoor Winter Games. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team and is inspired by a simple idea: training and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. These experiences are not only challenging and exciting, but also improve the attitudes and behaviors among all young people, both with and without ID.

“Special Olympics Ohio is thrilled to be back at Bowling Green State University for our 2023 Indoor Winter Games,” said Jessica Stewart, Special Olympics Ohio’s president and CEO.

“We are so appreciative of the support from local partners, Visit BG and the university, as well as the warm welcome back from the Bowling Green community. This event is the highlight of the year for many of our athletes as they show off their hard work and training preparing for this state-level competition. We invite everyone to come witness the spirit, passion, and dedication of our athletes. You will be inspired.”

In addition to sports competitions, athletes will have access to free health screenings and education through the Healthy Athletes program. Healthy Athletes is not only a program for athletes, but it is also a program for healthcare students and professionals to increase their knowledge of best practices in caring for and communicating with people with ID.

Special Olympics Ohio is part of the global inclusion movement using sport, health, education, and leadership programs to empower people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Ohio provides year-round sports training and competition in 19 different sports for 20,000 children and adults, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.