By Shannon Watkins
Special Olympics Northern CA
More than 900 athletes and volunteer coaches will convene at UC Davis to experience the thrill of competing against other athletes from all over Northern California. After weeks of training and participating in qualifying competitions, athletes will compete in Aquatics, Bocce, Tennis or Track and Field on the UC Davis campus. Summer Games will commence with the lighting of the cauldron.
The cauldron will be lit at Opening Ceremonies with the “Flame of Hope” that has journeyed throughout Northern California on the official Law Enforcement Torch Run.
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The event, which is free, will go from June 22 - 24. Here's the location:
- Host Location: UC Davis
- Opening Ceremonies: Aggie Stadium, 7:30pm
- Facilities: UCD – Aquatics, Track & Field, Bocce & Tennis
Leading into Summer Games, athletes train for 6 to 8 weeks and then compete in a Regional Competition: 1,109 Aquatics athletes competed in 5 Regional Competitions, 6,776 Track & Field athletes competed in 12 Regional Competitions, 821 Bocce athletes competed in 3 Regional Competitions, and 245 Tennis Athletes competed in 3 Regional Competitions.
Summer Games will commence on Friday, June 22, with Opening Ceremonies at Aggie Stadium at 7:30pm. Competitions will take place from Saturday, June 23 through Sunday, June 24, at various facilities on the UC Davis campus. There is no admission fee to watch Opening Ceremonies or the competitions. For up to date info go to www.SummerGamesSO.com
About Special Olympics Northern California (SONC)
Special Olympics Northern California is a free year-round sports training and competition program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than 15,700 athletes compete in 154 competitions throughout the region in 12 sports. This requires the extraordinary support and time of 14,370 volunteers and volunteer coaches. Financial support comes almost exclusively from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations. For more information on Special Olympics Northern California or to donate, visit www.SONC.org or join us at Facebook /SONorCal and Twitter @SONorCal.