August 3-10, 2013
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
Hosted by the Dwarf Athletic Association of America

The largest sporting event in history exclusively for athletes with dwarfism

days until the Games. Are you ready?

Ceremonies and Social Events

Athlete Village Welcome Party

Opening Ceremonies

  • Saturday, August 3
  • Athlete parade line-up/team photos in Spartan Stadium at 7:30 am
  • Opening ceremonies in Ralph Young Stadium begin at 8:00 am
  • The opening ceremonies focus on a welcome to all participants. Spectators are encouraged to attend and cheer for their favorite athletes and teams. Of course, the ceremonies will feature a parade of athletes.
  • Parade order will be: (a) the pioneers of dwarf sports who competed in the first ever sanctioned sport competition in 1985 where athletes with dwarfism were recognized as a unique classification; (b) dwarf athletes who have competed in the Paralympic Games; and (c) the athletes, chefs de mission, coaches and other delegation staff, with countries entering the stadium in alphabetical order.
  • All parade participants must assemble at 7:30 am in Spartan Stadium (use the southwest entry) for team photos before marching to Ralph Young Stadium.

Invitation-Only VIPs/Paralympian Reception

  • Saturday, August 3, 7:00 pm, Kellogg Center
  • The invitation-only VIP/Paralympian Reception will provide an opportunity for local government officials, university representatives, and games sponsors to meet Paralympic dwarf athletes.

Opening Reception

  • Saturday, August 3, 8:00 pm, Kellogg Center
  • All registered athletes and all registered non-athletes are welcome to attend the Opening Reception. Hors d'ouervres and beverages will be served.

Closing Ceremonies

  • Saturday, August 10, 4:00 pm, Breslin Center 
  • Enjoy a recap of the week of competition and fun, presentation of basketball awards, and much more!


  • Saturday, August 10, 7:00 pm, Kellogg Center 
  • Cocktails begin at 7:00, seating for dinner at 7:45, and dinner at 8:00. Participants must have purchased a banquet ticket as part of their games registration to attend.


  • Saturday, August 10, 9:00 pm until midnight
  • The dance is open to World Dwarf Games participants and other members of the dwarf community. 


Scott Danberg, USA flagbearer at opening ceremonies for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London