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17-25 June 2023

Family Program

The Family Program of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 welcomes among others family members of athletes and Unified partners.

The goal of the program is to ensure that all families are properly welcomed and assisted before and during the Games and to create a safe and welcoming environment for all.


The photo shows a scene during the family reception of the National Games. Four people are sitting together at a table and a woman is taking a selfie of them all.
Selfies und gute Stimmung bei den Familien Zimmer (links) und Schmieder.
Stefan Holtzem/SOD/Stefan Holtzem

Family Hotel

Family Members can book hotel accommodations through Berlin's official travel portal "visitBerlin".

There will be a Family Hotel. For more information see the Family Registration Handbook.
family program at the World Games

About the Family Program

The Family Service of the Local Organizing Committee offers special services to the Family Members of athletes and e.g. Unified partners participating in the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023.

The photo shows an athlete with his mother having fun together at the closing ceremony of the National Games at the Brandenburg Gate.
24.06.22, Berlin, Brandenburger Tor, Abschlussfeier Im Bild: Abschlussfeier am Brandenburger Tor Foto © Sarah Rauch / LOC
Sarah Rauch/Sarah Rauch

Definition of a Family Member:

  • The husband, wife, partner or child of the competing athlete
  • A blood relative of the athlete (e.g. mother, father, sibling, grandparent, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, cousin, and a relative related by marriage or a partner of a blood relative)
  • The athlete’s legal guardian, foster partner or caregiver role

The goal of the Family Program is to create a safe and welcoming environment for visiting families to enjoy the Games to the fullest while providing them with the opportunity to have quality interaction with other families. It includes various information and hospitality services.

The Special Olympics World Games 2023 serve as a powerful engine for families to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones. Therefore, we will provide families with a range of engagement and entertainment activities during the Games, including the famous Family Reception, Family Lunch Time Talks, and much more.

Your benefits

Assistance with accommodation

Family members are offered a list of hotels. For more information on the booking procedure, please refer to the Family Newsletter and the Family Registration Handbook, which will be published on this website soon.
Access to the Family Welcome Center

The Family Welcome Center serves as the initial check-in area. This is where family credentials and welcome bags are distributed to all registered participants.
Access to free public transportation

Together with the credentials, families will receive free tickets for public transportation of Berlin.
Access to the Hospitality Areas of the Family Program

The Family Program credential provides access to the Honored Guests and Family Lounges, which serve as places to rest, come together and network. Light refreshments are served in the lounges and information desks are available.
Designated areas for families at competition venues

Family Program credentials provide access to special areas for families in most competition venues.
Participatory activities

Family members are invited to participate in family activities held in conjunction with the sports competitions. We are currently finalizing the program and further details will be published soon.
Cultural Program and excursion

Family members have the opportunity to participate in discounted cultural events in Berlin. Information about cultural events (theater performances, concerts, cinema, museums, exhibitions, etc.) taking place in the city will follow.
The photo shows a scene of the closing ceremony of the National Games Berlin 2022 right at the famous Brandenburg Gate. In the foreground sit an athlete and her parents, all three are smiling and visibly having fun.
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On the photo four athletes are dancing and are happy. In the background further people are celebrating.
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The photo shows spectators watching handball, having fun and cheering with their arms raised during the Special Olympics National Games Berlin 2022.
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The photo shows a woman and a young man dancing and having fun together. It was taken during the athletes' disco of the National Games Berlin 2022.
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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.
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The photo shows the cheering crowd at the opening ceremony of the National Games Berlin 2022. Everyone has their arms raised joyfully.
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The photo shows a young athlete with his mother. They are both smiling at the camera and having fun at the opening ceremony of the National Games Berlin 2022.
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