Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023

Only 100 days to go until the grand Opening Ceremony

The photo shows a huge crowd of people. Everyone is cheering in the direction of a large stage.
Kiel, 14. Mai 2018. Die Special Olympics Kiel 2018 werden feierlich in der Sparkassen-Arena eröffnet.
Sascha Klahn/Sascha Klahn

There are only 100 days left until the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games takes place at Olympiastadion Berlin. A good occasion to give you a look behind the scenes, to wallow in anticipation together and to provide you with the most important infos.

7,000 athletes from 190 delegations enter the Olympiastadion in front of tens of thousands of cheering people. What a goosebump moment! In exactly 100 days, on 17 June 2023, the time will come. The perfect occasion to stimulate our imagination together with a beautiful video and to think about this special moment full of anticipation:

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100 Days To Go Until #Berlin2023

Tickets for the Opening Ceremony are available here.


Fans in the Stands

Let us continue with our free fan engagement program "Fans in the Stands", which we talked about with our colleague Georgia Royes to give you some insights:

"If you're a school or sports club, an after school care, a senior's organization – any kind of group that exists is welcome to come along. The group must be 10 people or more."

The registration deadline for Fans in the Stands is 14 May 2023, and since some spots are already booked, we advise you to register soon.
Here you can get to the registration.


Host Family Program

The photo shows a group of people sitting together at a table and smiling joyfully. It is the family of an athlete who has arrived for the National Games.
Special Olympics, Athletendisko vor dem Brandenburger Tor, 22. Juni 2022
Anna Spindelndreier

We bring families together – this is the motto of the Host Family Program. Families from Berlin and the surrounding areas meet traveling families from all countries of the world to exchange about culture and to have a great time together.

A wonderful opportunity, including a free ticket to the competitions, to make new friends and gain valuable experiences.

Registration is open until 28 March 2023.


Friends of the Games

There are also news about our Friends of the Games, who are famous people from sports, acting and entertainment committed to inclusion and to supporting us with their charisma and reach.



The photo shows former German football player Philipp Lahm handing out medals to athletes at the Berlin 2022 National Games. He has a smile on his face.
v.l.n.r. würden jetzt hier Namen und Einrichtung der abgebildeten Sportler stehen. Ggf. mit einer kurzen Beschreibung/Erklärung der Situation
Stefan Holtzem/SOD/Stefan Holtzem


Special Olympics Shop

In our online store, you can find the collection with our claim #UnbeatableTogether right now. We would love to see as many people as possible carrying our message to the world – for example with the nice zip hoodie in gray.


Outlook: Let's get excited!

There will be another highlight next week: The official Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 mascot will be presented on 16 March 2023 in the ARD-Morgenmagazin (TV Morning show).


Recent news

Berlin 2023 team says thank you and see you soon!

31 July 2023, 10:40
An unforgettable journey lies behind us. Together we have taken the Special Olympics movement another step forward, given Germany and Berlin an important push for more inclusion and created moments for eternity. And for that, we want to thank you one last time.

Successful Games and responsibility for everyday life

28 June 2023, 16:24
With a brilliant fireworks display in the Berlin summer sky and the extinguishing of the flame, the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 came to a glorious close last Sunday. It was the end of the Games, but by no means the finale in terms of what needs to be done for inclusion.

Extraordinary commitment – our volunteers at the Games

27 June 2023, 11:32
Our volunteers in their distinctive purple shirts were everywhere. Without them, the Special Olympics World Games would not have been such a great success for everyone. Therefore, they deserve a huge thank you!