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Prince George, BC – Prince George will again be a sporting destination for athletes from across BC and Yukon after Special Olympics British Columbia awarded the city the honour of hosting the 2025 Special Olympics BC Summer Games. The announcement was made public in Kamloops at the 2023 Special Olympics BC Winter Games. Council received the news from Administration on Monday, February 6.
“We’re delighted to welcome Special Olympics BC and athletes back to Prince George for the third time,” said Mayor Simon Yu. “It’s great to see our city is on its way to becoming a well-established destination for high-level sporting competitions.”
“Prince George was an outstanding host for the 1991 SOBC Winter Games and the 2001 SOBC Summer Games,” said Dan Howe, president of Special Olympics British Columbia. “We’re thrilled to bring back our Provincial Summer Games in this welcoming community that is well known for hosting high-quality sport events and for being the home of the strong year-round Special Olympics BC – Prince George programs.”
The 2025 summer games - which will run from July 10 to July 13 - will bring approximately 1,400 athletes and their coaches, family, and friends to Prince George. Local venues – including civic facilities – will host 10 sports:
- Rhythmic gymnastics
- Track and field
- Ten-pin bowling
A sizable contingent of local volunteers – more than 1,000 – will also take part in supporting the event.
The City of Prince George is contributing $35,000 to the Games in cash through the Major Events Reserve, plus $60,000 worth of value-in-kind assistance through facility rentals and other services.
Mike Lee, senior communications advisor