Minnesota to host 2026 Special Olympics USA Games

The Special Olympics USA Games are coming to Minnesota.

Gov. Tim Walz announced the news late Friday morning at the University of Minnesota, saying the 2026 games. Athletes from across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean will be attending the event, according to Walz.

They were joined by Special Olympics Minnesota athletes, as well as Special Olympics CEO Dave Dorn, University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel and United Healthcare CEO Brian Thompson.

Walz said he is “incredibly proud” to have Minnesota host the event.

You can watch the full announcement below.