WHAT – The 2023 Special Olympics Ohio State Flag Football Tournament

WHO – Over 300 athletes, partners and coaches representing 27 teams from 19 local, community-based Special Olympics Ohio organizations will participate. These include: Belmont County Special Olympics, Fayette County Special Olympics, Franklin Columbus Schools, Franklin Hilliard Special Olympics, Franklin Westerville Special Olympics, Hamilton County Special Olympics, Henry County Special Olympics, Lake Deepwood, Logan County Special Olympics, Lucas County Special Olympics, Marion County Special Olympics, Medina County Career Center, Portage County Special Olympics, Portage Kent Special Olympics, Stark Board of DD, Summit All-Star Training Club, Tuscarawas County Special Olympics, Union Board of DD, and Wood County Special Olympics.

WHEN – Saturday & Sunday, October 28th & 29th; Competitions start at 9am on both days.

WHERE – SPIRE Academy (5201 SPIRE Circle, Geneva, OH 44041)

WHY – The weekend of October 28th and 29th, Special Olympics Ohio will host the State Flag Football Tournament at the SPIRE Academy in Geneva. The State Flag Football Tournament is one of four competitions spread across Ohio that make up the 2023 State Fall Games. Athletes with intellectual disabilities will compete in 5v5 traditional and Unified flag football games over the weekend. This is the first year that Special Olympics Ohio has partnered with the SPIRE Academy to host the event. Both organizations are looking forward to celebrating our athlete’s accomplishments! Special thanks to our Fall Games sponsors for making this happen: The American Legion – Department of Ohio, NJM Insurance Group, and Dynegy. Admission is free and spectators are welcome to attend. Reach out to Chad Highland at chighland@sooh.org or (614)239-7050×600 for more information.

See the 2023 Flag Football program here.

See the 2022 Flag Football photos here.

About Special Olympics Ohio

Special Olympics Ohio is part of the global inclusion movement using sport, health, education, and leadership programs to empower people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Ohio provides year- round sports training and competition in 19 different sports for 20,000 children and adults, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.