INDIANAPOLIS – Thirty-two athletes from Kosciusko County will make their way to Indiana State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to celebrate the 45th annual Summer Games for Special Olympics Indiana.
Summer Games take place today through Sunday and is the organization’s largest event, with more than 2,500 athletes in attendance.
Summer Games represents athletes from nearly 70 counties that will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals. Special Olympic Indiana staff and nearly 1,300 volunteers prepare to experience three full days of competition in Olympic Town, with Olympic-style ceremonies, free health screenings, a victory dance and many other fun-filled activities.
The eight Summer Games sports that are featured include aquatics (swimming), athletics (track and field), bocce, bowling, cycling, horseshoes, powerlifting and volleyball.
This year’s opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. today and will be held at the Hulman Center on the ISU campus. The ceremony is free and open to all who attend.
Olympic long jump gold medalist Dr. Greg Bell will serve as the honorary coach. He will speak on a number of topics as he adds inspiration and motivation to Special Olympics athletes, families, volunteers and coaches, according to a press release provided. Additionally, several nationally recognized surprise entertainment acts will be featured.
Special Olympics Indiana provides over 11,000 athletes with continuing opportunities to experience joy, demonstrate courage and share their gifts and skills with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community, according to the release.
All events are free and open to the public.