Special Olympics North America Softball Championship

Date: August 17th to August 20th || Events


More than 450 athletes, comprising 32 Traditional and Unified Sports teams (people with and without intellectual disability competing together, on the same team) from across the United States and Canada will converge on Bismarck for the 2017 Special Olympics North America Softball Championship, August 17-20, 2017.  This is the first time this event has been held in North Dakota.

Competition will kick off on Friday, August 18 with the medal rounds concluding on Sunday, August 20. Competition will occur from 8am to approximately 3pm each day. All competition, as well as medal ceremonies, will take place at the Clem Kelley Softball Complex, 517 West Arbor Avenue. All competitions and the opening ceremony are free and open to the public. The final schedule of events and games will be determined.

VOLUNTEER OR CHEER: Special Olympics will be inviting everyone to come be “fans in the stands” to witness great softball and cheer on the teams. There will be more information and details to follow.

The 2017 Special Olympics North America Softball Championship is made by possible by the following leading sponsors and supporters:

  • Moose International – Presenting Sponsor
  • USA Softball
  • Special Olympics North Dakota
  • Bismarck Parks and Recreation District
  • Bismarck Mandan Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
  • Dakota Moose Association

Softball emphasizes teamwork, physical fitness and strategic thinking;  benefits and skills found on the playing field that Special Olympics athletes use as part of being active, contributing members of their communities. Currently, more than 94,000 Special Olympics athletes are participating in the sport globally, including 65,000 in North America.

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.  Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance.  Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5.3 million athletes and Unified partners in 169 countries.  With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org.