More than 1,100 athletes to compete June 18-20 at the University of Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS, June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 1,100 Special Olympics athletes from across Minnesota will compete at the 2009 Summer Games June 18-20. One of five state Special Olympics Minnesota competitions annually, Summer Games includes track and field events at the
The 2009 Summer Games Celebration Ceremonies will be held Friday evening, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the
Between competitions, athletes will have the chance to spend time in Olympic Town, where they can play carnival games, dance, sing and enjoy stage shows from a variety of Minnesota performers. Athletes can also partake in Healthy Athletes, an initiative designed to increase the health and fitness of people with intellectual disabilities, a medically underserved population. The Healthy Athletes program works to improve access to health care by providing a variety of free screenings, making referrals to local health practitioners and training health professionals and students about the needs of people with intellectual disabilities. The 2009 Summer Games Healthy Athletes Village runs throughout the games and will offer MedFest - an opportunity for current and prospective athletes to receive a free sports physical - as well as Healthy Hearing, Opening Eyes, Special Smiles, Fit Feet, FUNfitness and Health Promotion.
For more information, visit Special Olympics Minnesota's Web site at www.specialolympicsminnesota.org.
Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics' athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world.
2009 Summer Games Schedule of Events Thursday, June 18 University of Minnesota Bierman Athletics Complex -- Track and Field Competition 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Olympic Town Noon - 4 p.m. -- Healthy Athletes Village Healthy Hearing Noon - 3 p.m. Health Fair Noon - 3 p.m. Fit Feet Noon - 4 p.m. Friday, June 19 University of Minnesota Bierman Athletics Complex -- Track and Field Competition 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- Olympic Town 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- Healthy Athlete Village FUNfitness 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Special Smiles 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Health Fair 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Opening Eyes 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Healthy Hearing 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Blood Glucose Screening 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Mini-Hops Gymnastics Club, Minnetonka -- Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition 2:45 - 5:30 p.m. University of Minnesota Bierman Field -- Pre-Ceremonies Entertainment 5 - 7:20 p.m. -- Celebration Ceremonies 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20 University of Minnesota Bierman Athletics Complex -- Track and Field Competition 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. -- Olympic Town 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Healthy Athletes Village Opening Eyes 9 a.m. - Noon Blood Glucose Screening 9 a.m. - Noon MedFest 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Health Promotion 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Health Fair 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. University of Minnesota Recreation Center (3rd Floor) -- Volleyball Competition 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Baseline Tennis Center -- Tennis Competition 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Mini-Hops Gymnastics Club, Minnetonka -- Artistic Gymnastics Competition 2:45 - 5:30 p.m.
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