LONG BEACH (May 10, 2017) – In just 31 days – one month from today – the 48th annual Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games will begin with Opening Ceremonies on the campus of California State University, Long Beach on June 10. Here is a look at what awaits the more than 10,000 individuals who are a part of the two-day Southern California tradition.
More than 1,100 Special Olympics Southern California athletes will compete at the 2017 Summer Games on June 11-12 in Long Beach. More than 10,000 local dignitaries, corporate sponsors, volunteers, spectators and family members are expected to attend to cheer the athletes on and celebrate acceptance and inclusion for all. Admission to all events is free.
The Games begin 9:30 a.m. on Saturday with the Opening Ceremony. The ceremony features the Parade of Athletes and the lighting of the cauldron, which signifies the official start of the Games and concludes the Law Enforcement Torch Run’s two-week relay escorting the Flame of Hope® across Southern California.
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Summer Games is the first of two Southern California championships held each year. More than 1,100 athletes from Southern California will compete in aquatics, track & field, basketball, bocce, golf, and gymnastics.
Along with competitions, weekend activities will include games, live entertainment, community and law enforcement exhibits, and the Grand Prize Drawing for Special Olympics Southern California’s Dream House Raffle, where more than 2,000 prizes including the grand prize will be awarded.
The annual “Breakfast with Champions” that follows the Opening Ceremony at 11 a.m. brings leaders of the business and sports communities together to honor the accomplishments of Special Olympics athletes. In addition, Special Olympics will showcase two of its signature programs, Healthy Athletes and Young Athletes. At the Healthy Athletes Village, free health screenings are provided to all competing Special Olympics Southern California athletes. Volunteer healthcare professionals and students provide dental, audiology, physical therapy, podiatry, nutrition, and optometry screenings.
The Games are made possible with the help of 400 coaches, 3,000 volunteers, and generous contributions from individuals and corporate sponsors, including Title Sponsor The Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilions.
As the Summer Games draw closer, look for addition information including a full schedule at www.sosc.org/summergames