From the WV Special Olympics.
CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Special Olympics West Virginia (SOWV) will host its annual Summer Games May 31 – June 2, 2019.
This will be the 14th consecutive Summer Games held in Charleston, WV at UC Stadium Laidley Field.
Over 800 Special Olympic athletes come to the Capitol City to compete in 7 different sports throughout the weekend. Sports include track & field, golf, tennis, bocce, baggo, swimming and softball.
SOWV provides year-round sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Through the athlete’s participation, they have the chance to strengthen their character, develop their physical skills, display their talents and fulfill their potential. Special Olympics is a prime example of the intrinsic value of sports competition, good sportsmanship and the will to succeed.
Summer Games not only brings in athletes to the event, but it also brings in volunteers. While this event is the biggest state level competition for SOWV, a large number of volunteers are needed to make the event a success. Throughout the weekend, around 600 volunteers come out to get in the game. These volunteers dedicate their time to help with track staging, greeting athletes at the finish line, setting up fun games to play between competitions and so much more.
If you are interested in volunteering for future events, you can visit the SOWV website at www.sowv.org or call 304-345-9310.
The event is open to the public and it is encouraged to come watch hundreds of Special Olympic athletes give their best efforts in their competitions. Times for the event are as follows; Friday, May 31 1:00pm – 5:00pm; Saturday, June 1 8:00am – 5:00pm; Sunday, June 2 8:00am – 1:00pm.
The Special Olympic Opening Ceremony is set for 9:00 p.m. May 31st at Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston as part of the Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee.