Experience Kissimmee Prepares for Special Olympics
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games will take place June 5-12 in Orlando, Florida, uniting more than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean and 125,000 spectators. Experience Kissimmee is proud to be a part of the largest humanitarian event ever to take place in Florida, and in an area that has long been known as a welcoming destination for families and boasts some of the world’s most famed attractions, including world-class experiences and sporting venues.
The Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. Since its inception in 2006, the quadrennial USA Games have been hosted in five different cities around the nation.
“I think it is life changing for our athletes to be a part of something, to be included is huge. All our athletes and our partners, the experiences that they are gaining they will take for the rest of their life,” Bankole Adebanjo, Vice President of Sports and Programs for Special Olympics Florida. “But more importantly this event will produce a lot of opportunities for these athletes to feel included, discover their inner champions, be a part of something and given the opportunity to be accepted and celebrated.”
On March 17-19, 2022, the Special Olympics Florida held a Team Florida training camp hosted by Experience Kissimmee at Osceola Heritage Park and other Osceola County venues. The camp focused on practice, meeting teammates from around the state and being fitted for their 2022 USA Games’ uniforms.
“We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about having these athletes here. So much has been going on here in terms of amateur sports and professional sports,” Richard Mastroberte, Director of Marketing at Osceola Heritage Park. “We have such great partnership with Experience Kissimmee. We are delighted to have this type of event and to have the type of facilities where we are able to host this event.”
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these athletes, and we are overjoyed to be able to bring that experience to them. We could not do this without our partners, so thank you,” said John Poole, Executive Director of Kissimmee Sports Commission. “Kissimmee has so much to offer as a host city. We encourage everyone during their stay to experience our plethora of attractions, accommodations, fine dining options and eco-tourism attractions.”
Whether you’re an athlete, coach, parent, spectator or just a visitor, Kissimmee is a must stop place to explore while visiting for the Games. Many theme parks around the area have accessibility services to keep the experience smooth and fun for everyone. For more information about accessibility in Kissimmee and our surrounding attractions, visit our Accessibility page. And get inspired for more trip ideas at ExperienceKissimmee.com.