It's time for inclusion
Special Olympics National Summer Games Zug 2026


We believe that the Special Olympic Summer Games are not only an enrichment for the region but support inclusion in a sustainable way


The Special Olympic Summer Games shall raise positive emotions and build bridges. Created with love and passion, the event will become an amazing experience for all involved.

Martin Pfister

«I am fully convinced that with the Special Olympics National Summer Games 2026, the canton of Zug will provide an important contribution to help raising the awareness of the importance of inclusion.»

Martin Pfister

Member of the Cantonal Government of Zug,
Head of Department of Public Health

& Figures

Days Event
Staff / Volunteers


Foundation of association
Start Office

Andreas «Andy» Hotz

OC Vice President
Head of Finances/Sponsoring

Eliane Müller

OK Vice President
Events Manager

Felix Jaray

Head of Organization/Sport,

René Arnold

Head of Finance

Gerda Schwindt

Head of Markomm/Media,
Co-Managing Director

Heinz Merz

Diversity Manager

Daniel «Dänu»Schärer




What's the purpose of Special Olympics?

Special Olympics tournaments or games are sports-events at which all participants shall experience the feeling of success. On the basis of results achieved in pre-competitions and -tournaments, athletes are selected into unified performance groups (Divisions).

Gender and age are only considered in case of large numbers of participants. One performance group usually involves a minimum of three to a maximum of eight athletes. Medals are awarded in each Division. Division are grouped in a manner that gives all participants a fair chance to win a medal – despite possible performance differences.

What's the difference between Special Olympics and Paralympics?

As opposed to Paralympics, Special Olympics is not meant for top athletes. All participants in Special Olympics events will succeed and have real chance to win medals. There is never only one winner.


National Games
St. Gallen 22

Beatrice Egli eröffnet die National Games: «Sind ganz besondere Menschen»

1400 Athletinnen und Athleten mit geistiger Beeinträchtigung haben an den National Games von Special Olympics Switzerland vergangene Woche in St.Gallen um Medaillen gekämpft. Das Team des «Reportagemagazin +41» hat dort unter anderem Beatrice Egli getroffen.

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14-Jähriger mit Downsyndrom will im Weitsprung und Ballwurf brillieren

Aaron Näf ist eine richtige Sportskanone und hat sich seit Wochen auf die National Games von Special Olympics Switzerland gefreut. Ballwurf ist die Lieblingsdisziplin des 14-Jährigen, er hat sich jedoch auch für Standweitsprung angemeldet.

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«Alle für einen» ist das Motto an den Mannschaftswettkämpfen in St.Gallen

Menschen mit geistiger oder körperlicher Beeinträchtigung oder Menschen mit psychischen Problemen: An den Mannschaftswettkämpfen der National Games von Special Olympics Switzerland können alle im gleichen Team mitmachen.

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