More than 690 athletes and nearly 100 Unified Partners — peers without disabilities — from across the state competing in six sports will participate in the 47th annual Special Olympics Delaware Summer Games on June 9-10 at the University of Delaware’s David M. Nelson Athletic Complex on the college’s campus, 210 South College Ave., Newark.
Young athletes demonstrations involving ages 2-7 will take place June 9, in the morning in the pool and in the afternoon on the track.
More than 160 coaches have provided training during the past three months in preparation for the competition, and more than 1,000 volunteers from the community and corporate/venue sponsors are helping make this event possible.
In addition to competing, athletes have the opportunity to visit Olympic Village and Healthy Athletes where they can participate in educational and health-related activities.
The opening ceremony will be at 12:30 p.m. June 9 at the Bob Carpenter Center. Scott Klatzkin, the voice of the Blue Hens on 94.7 WDSD, will serve as emcee.
Among the highlights of the ceremony is the parade of athletes and the lighting of the cauldron by the Outstanding Athlete of the Year Melissa Chong, of the Newark Dragons, and the Winnie Spence Torch Runner of the Year Cpl/3 Andrew Manning, of the Delaware Natural Resources Police Department. The “Flame of Hope” will arrive at the ceremony after traveling 160 miles over three days as part of the 31st annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
Events are free and open to the public.
For information, including sport-specific schedules, visit sode.org.