Special Olympics Delaware’s Summer Games is set for June 8-9 at the University of Delaware’s David Nelson athletic complex on the UD campus, Newark.
More than 600 athletes and nearly 100 Unified Partners, peers without disabilities, statewide compete in six sports — aquatics, bocce, powerlifting, softball, tennis and track and field. In addition, a Motor Activities Training Program demonstration involving children ages 2-7 will take place June 8 during the morning in the pool and the afternoon on the track.
More than 140 coaches have provided training during the past three months in preparation for the competition and more than 1,000 volunteers from DuPont, other corporate/venue sponsors and the community help make this event possible.
Athletes also have the opportunity to participate in educational and health-related activities at Olympic Village on June 8 and at the Healthy Athletes venues June 9.
The opening ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. June 8 at the Bob Carpenter Center, 631 S. College Ave., Newark. Scott Klatzkin, the voice of the “Blue Hens” on 94.7 WDSD, serves as emcee. Among the highlights of the ceremony is the parade of athletes and the lighting of the cauldron by the Outstanding Athlete of the Year Matt Montgomery, of the Wilmington Wizards, and the Winnie Spence Torch Runner of the Year Lt. James Diana, of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement. The “Flame of Hope” arrives at the ceremony after traveling 160 miles over three days as part of the 32nd annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
For more, including sport-specific schedules, visit sode.org.