Posted: Wednesday, 29 May 2013 3:28PM
Special Olympics Athletes to Compete this weekend
WICHITA - Athletes from Kansas are heading to Wichita to swim the fastest, jump the highest, or strive for personal bests in the 43rd annual Special Olympics Kansas Summer Games. Teams will participate May 31-June 2 at Cessna Stadium on Wichita State University to compete in aquatics, gymnastics, tennis, and power lifting, cycling, athletics, tennis and team relays. Additionally Healthy Athletes screenings will be held on Friday afternoon for athletes.
Opening Ceremonies will take place Friday evening, starting at 7:15 p.m. with the traditional Parade of Champions. It will culminate around 9:00 p.m. with the lighting of the cauldron by the Most Inspirational Athlete, Sarah Utech from McPherson. Over 950 officers from 88 agencies have carried the torch through 29 counties culminate at Cessna Stadium packed with enthusiastic athletes, coaches, volunteers and sponsors. An impressive fireworks display will complete the Opening Ceremonies.
Special Olympics Kansas holds 123 competitions per year and provides year-round sports training and competition opportunity for 5,098 participants.