Special Olympics track and field competition is Saturday, April 20
The annual Special Olympics Spring Games Track and Field Competition will be held Saturday, April 20 at Radford University’s Cupp Stadium. More than 200 Special Olympics athletes from across Southwestern Virginia have been training for the event since February.
Opening Ceremonies, which will begin at 11 a.m., include Dawn Jefferies, WSLS morning anchorwoman, as master of ceremonies, with welcoming comments by Radford City Police Chief Donald Goodman and Special Olympics Virginia Global Messenger Erica Bookout. The Knights of Columbus will provide an honor guard for the parade of athletes. Track and field events, including throwing and jumping events and running events ranging from 50 meters to 3,000 meters, will follow the traditional torch lighting ceremony. Events should conclude about 4 p.m.
Radford University has hosted this event since 2005, soon after the stadium was completed.
“Cupp Stadium is an ideal facility for Special Olympics Track and Field. The Athletic Department and varsity team members really make the experience special for our track athletes,” said B.J. Norris, coordinator and parent of two competitors.
Radford University and Virginia Tech students join together with New River Valley residents to celebrate achievements. The community will witness firsthand the spirit of competition and excellence of Special Olympics sports. These games are an opportunity for Special Olympics athletes to declare, “I am a champion and I will be included!”
Special Olympics has launched a “Volunteer2Cheer” campaign, which brings volunteers together to motivate each individual athlete to do their best in competition. Some volunteers serve as buddies for the day, providing encouragement before, during and after their events. Others are needed to act as officials for the events at the stadium. The goal for the Spring Games is to recruit 500 volunteers. The games are free and open to the public. Anyone interested in volunteering for the games should go to www.volunteer2cheer.com to sign up.
For more information about getting involved, contact Special Olympics at email@example.com.
Special Olympics is an international program of year-round sports training and athletic competition for youth and adults with intellectual disabilities. Join us in revealing the champion in all of us!
– Submitted by SOVA Southwest
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