TROY – Troy University celebrates "A Perfect Ten" at the 2016 Alabama Special Olympics State Games.
This year marks the 10th year the University has hosted the games, attended by more than 1,300 special Olympians.
The weekend's theme is "United We Win – The Perfect Ten."
"We're very excited to host the 10th State Games at TROY," said Dean of Student Services Herb Reeves, who has coordinated the state games for the University since its beginning on the Troy Campus. "The athletes enjoy coming to the University, and we believe the University and surrounding communities provide the level of support through volunteerism necessary to sustain a great program."
Friday will see the games' first major event with the Torch Run by members of the Fraternal Order of Police. A brief ceremony will take place about 2 p.m. at Troy Police Department prior to the torch's final leg along South Brundidge Street to University Avenue, to Trojan Arena. Opening Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. in Trojan Arena.
Events will run from 9 a.m. Saturday until completed, about 5 p.m. The Victory Dance begins in Trojan Arena at 7 p.m. and features Elvis tribute artist Scot Bruce.
"This year's Victory Dance is a bit unique in that the public is invited to attend the Scott Bruce concert. While he is not an Elvis impersonator, Scot Bruce provides Elvis tribute music and is highly regarded for his concerts," Reeves said.
Another special event, at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning prior to Closing Ceremonies, is an exhibition baseball game with both Special Olympians and players from the community at Riddle-Pace Field. Closing ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. Sunday in Trojan Arena.