1,300 Dallas Athletes to Compete in Spring Games in Cedar Hill ThisWeekend
More than 1,300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities from the Greater Dallas Area will compete for the gold medal in track & field, soccer and tennis at the annual Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) Area 10 Spring Games, being held from Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at Cedar Hill High School. Volunteers are still needed for afternoon shifts on both days. Those interested can register for a shift online.
Friday’s events will run from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., while Saturday’s competitions are scheduled for 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Saturday’s events will begin with the Opening Ceremony at 8:45 a.m., featuring the Parade of Athletes, a passing of the Flame of Hope, the lighting of the cauldron, Area 10 Award presentations and the National Anthem performed by an athlete from Cedar Hill ISD.
To qualify for the area Spring Games, athletes must be at least eight years old and have spent a minimum of eight weeks training for their events. This year’s Spring Games will include three athletes from the Duncanville Silvers, who are all over 70 years old. The oldest of the three, Loretta Daves, is 80 years old and will be competing in the softball throw on Saturday at approximately 12 p.m.
Starting at 1 p.m., tennis matches will feature competitors with and without intellectual disabilities paired up together for Unified Doubles. Highland Park ISD’s delegation will include two mother-son duos, Susan and Jeremy Hargrave and Sherry and Jordan Wilson, as well as a father-son pair in Lee and John Siegmund. The Allen ISD Eagles will also field a brother pair competing in Unified Doubles.
Competitors 12 years old and up in all three sports will be vying for a chance to qualify for the upcoming statewide competition – Summer Games – which will take place in Arlington from May 26-28.
For more information about this year’s Spring Games, contact Alex Hubbard (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 214.943.9981.
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 58,300 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, visitwww.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646. Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas. Visit the SOTX – Greater Dallas Area Facebook page at fb.com/SOTX10.