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 Colliseum
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.
For more information, visit sout.org.