About 1,280 athletes with intellectual disabilities from the Greater Fort Worth Area will compete for the gold medal in track & field events at the annual Area 11 Spring Games, being held on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 at UT-Arlington’s Maverick Stadium. Competition on April 8 will run from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and on April 9 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. All events are open and free to the public.
The Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, April 8 at 6:00 p.m. and will feature all teams being introduced as they parade in to the stadium before the lighting of the cauldron, which signifies the official start of the Games.
Athletes in this year’s Games range in age from 8-78 years old. Annie Regan, a member of the Tarrant County MHMR delegation, is the oldest athlete in this year’s field of participants and will compete in the 50 meter run and in the softball throw.
Competitors 12 years old and up will be vying for a chance to qualify for the next statewide competition – Summer Games – which will also be held in Arlington from May 26-29.
Throughout the two-day competition, athletes will participate in various events, including: 10m assisted walk, 10m wheelchair race, 100m dash, 100m walk, 100m wheelchair race, 1500m run, 200m run, 25m assisted race, 25m walk, 25m wheelchair race, 30m non-motorized wheelchair slalom, 3000m run, 400m run, 400m walk, 4x100m relay, 4x100m Unified Relay (athletes with and without intellectual disabilities competing together), 50m assisted race, 50m motorized wheelchair slalom, 50m run, 50m walk and 800m run.
Athletes will be supported by more than 1,100 volunteers, including employees from UPS, the sponsor of the 2016 Greater Fort Worth Area Spring Games.
About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 55,200 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646. Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX;youtube.com/specialolympicstexas. Visit the SOTX – Greater Fort Worth Area Facebook page at fb.com/SOTX11.
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