Special Olympics Delaware's Summer Games, the organization's largest sports event, will be held June 10-11 at the David Nelson athletic complex at the University of Delaware in Newark.

Special Olympics Delaware’s Summer Games, the organization’s largest sports event, will be held June 10-11 at the David Nelson athletic complex at the University of Delaware in Newark.

The opening ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. June 10 at the Bob Carpenter Center on campus. Scott Klatzkin, the voice of the Blue Hens on 94.7 WDSD, will serve as emcee and several special guests will also be in attendance.

More than 650 athletes and 100 unified partners from across the state will compete in six sports: aquatics, bocce, powerlifting, softball, tennis and track and field.

Young athlete demonstrations involving children ages 2-7 be held June 10 in the pool and on the track. In addition to competing, athletes can visit the Olympic Village and Healthy Athletes area where they participate in educational and health-related activities.

More than 200 coaches have provided training over the past two months in preparation for the competition and over 1,000 volunteers from the community and corporate sponsors help make this event possible.

Highlights of the opening ceremony include the parade of athletes, the lighting of the cauldron by Outstanding Athlete of the Year Chris Truono and Danielle Martin of the Delaware State Police. The “Flame of Hope” will arrive at the ceremony after traveling 160 miles over three days as part of the 30th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

All events are free. For information and schedules, visit sode.org.