Campus Welcomes the Special Olympics

Published: June 01, 2011 | Read Time: 1 minutes

Over 1,500 athletes, coaches and family members from around the state will visit Cedar City this weekend for the 42nd annual Special Olympics Utah Summer Games, which will run June 2 - June 4 at Southern Utah University.

The community can volunteer or simply cheer this year’s Special Olympians on at any time throughout the two-day competition, which will include the following events:

Thursday, June 2
Noon – Torch Run (final leg), beginning at south end of town and proceeding to SUU
1-5 p.m. – Softball and Soccer Skills Competition, SUU Athletics fields
7 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies, Eccles Coliseum

Friday, June 3
9 a.m.-5 p.m. – Soccer Preliminaries, SUU Athletics fields
9 a.m.-5 p.m. – Softball & T-Ball Preliminaries, SUU Athletics fields
7-9 p.m. – Victory Dance

Saturday, June 4
9 a.m.-4 p.m. – Soccer Playoffs, SUU Athletics fields
9 a.m.-4 p.m. – Softball & T-Ball Playoffs, SUU Athletics fields
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Closing Ceremonies, Eccles Coliseum

Volunteers are still welcome for all events. Volunteer Check-in begins at 11 a.m. on Thursday and 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday at the south side of Eccles Coliseum.

According to Cedar City Mayor Joe Burgess, “We are committed to fostering a community of inclusion and support for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics is a great way for our city to get involved and make a difference. I encourage everyone to come out and support these athletes.“

Special Olympics Utah provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in order 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.

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