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Let the games begin: 44th annual Special Olympics Indiana set

June 5, 2013

Special Olympics Indiana will host its 44th annual Summer Games on June 7-9. The 2013 games will take place on the campuses of Indiana State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

The annual Special Olympics Indiana Summer Games is the largest Special Olympics event in Indiana each year. This year's games will welcome more than 2,500 athletes ranging in age from 8-83. Approximately 2,500 coaches and volunteers and hundreds of spectators will converge on Terre Haute during three days of state-level competitions in aquatics, bocce, bowling, cycling, horseshoes, powerlifting, track and field, and volleyball.

Competitions will run from 12:30-5:30 p.m. on Friday; Saturday's competition schedule is from 8 a.m. to noon and 1- 5p.m.; and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Two events will officially kickoff the games on Friday, June 7.

11:30-12:30 p.m. : Torch Run

Local law enforcement officers will begin at Gordon Food Service, traveling up Seventh Street to Cherry Street and then to Fourth Street, where they will be joined by a small procession, onto Marks Field. Members of the Terre Haute and ISU Community are invited to gather along Cherry Street or on Fourth Street between Cherry and Chestnut to welcome the torch!

7 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies, Hulman Center

Join us for a fun-filled, inspiring evening - Meet the athletes as they parade across the Hulman Center floor, join Sycamore athletes as they welcome the Special Olympians, enjoy the Skyriders High Flying Trampoline Show, catch a performance by the Sparkettes, listen to some very talented athletes sing, hear from honorary chair Jared Fogle (otherwise known as "Subway Jared") and watch the Flame of Hope light the caldron, signifying the official start of the games.

Both events and all competitions are free and open to the public. More information about Summer Games is available at http://soindiana.org/programs/summer-games/.

From a gathering of a few dozen individuals at Indiana State on June 6, 1969, Special Olympics Indiana has grown to 11,000 athletes and 7,000 volunteers statewide. Aside from being the birthplace of Special Olympics Indiana, ISU has played an integral role in the history of the organization, hosting the Summer Games 42 out of 44 years and hosting the organization's Men's State Basketball Tournament since 1971.

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications and Marketing, 812-237-3783 or paula.meyer@indstate.edu