Special Olympics Alabama State Games to be conducted at TROY

Posted: Monday, 13 April 2009

TROY – Some 800 athletes with mental retardation and about 350 of their coaches and chaperons will compete May 15 – 17 in the Special Olympics Alabama State Games at Troy University.

Competitions will include 10 sports conducted both on the Troy Campus and at venues in the city of Troy, beginning with the opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. May 15 in Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium.

The ceremony will include a parade of athletes, entertainment and a fireworks show. Sporting events begin on May 16 at 9 a.m. at various venues. Sport events include swimming, gymnastics, equestrian, bowling, track and field, softball, tennis, bocce, power lifting and golf. A Victory Dance will be held Saturday night.

Closing ceremonies will be conducted May 17 and will include a memorial service for those athletes who have died in the past year.

Volunteers for the State Games are being sought, said Dean of Students Herb Reeves.

“Volunteers are very important in order to make this event a success,” he said.

To volunteer, contact Reeves at 334-670-3202 or via email at hreeves@troy.edu.

“We invite you to visit, cheer or volunteer to assist the athletes in having the best time ever. Your interest and help is greatly appreciated,” he said.

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Timothy Chung (in red), a Special Olympics athlete from Lee County, leads the pack in a 100-meter dash heat during the 2008 Special Olympics Alabama State Games at Troy University Saturday. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)

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Perry County Special Olympics athlete Kaleria Foster makes her bid at the standing long jump event during the 2008 Special Olympics Alabama State Games at Troy University Saturday. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)