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Special Olympics Minnesota's 2009 Summer Games Continue

Former Minnesota Vikings to visit Olympic Town

MINNEAPOLIS, June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Track and field events continue today at the University of Minnesota's Bierman Athletics Complex (corner of 15th Avenue SE and 5th Street SE) from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Between competitions, athletes have the chance to spend time in Olympic Town and Healthy Athletes Village, open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Rhythmic gymnastics competition is also taking place at Mini-Hops Gymnastics Club in Minnetonka (131 Cheshire Lane, Suite 100) from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Athletes will be greeted by former Minnesota Viking Joey Browner this morning in Olympic Town. Browner will appear on stage at 10 a.m. along with former Minnesota Viking Matt Blair. Browner currently serves the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Metropolitan Counsel as part of the Outreach Staff team.

Summer Games Celebration Ceremonies will be held this evening at 7:30 p.m. at Bierman Field and will include guest speakers, an athlete parade, Minnesota law enforcement personnel and the ceremonial lighting of the "Flame of Hope" by a Special Olympics Minnesota athlete. Law enforcement volunteers participated in a 2,000-mile Final Leg relay running the flame across Minnesota in the weeks leading up to Summer Games. The 2009 Torch Run will culminate tonight at Celebration Ceremonies.

In case of inclement weather, track and field competition continues in light rain but may be delayed or cancelled if there is a heavy downpour, lightning, high winds or other severe weather. Gymnastics competition is held indoors and will proceed regardless of weather. The rain location for Celebration Ceremonies is the University of Minnesota Field House (1800 University Avenue SE).

For more information, visit Special Olympics Minnesota's Web site at

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                     2:30 - 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. - 1 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                     2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

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