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Special Olympics Missouri Athletes Ready to Show Off Skills in Columbia

Columbia, MO (PRWEB) May 21, 2013

The Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games will bring more than 2,500 athletes and coaches from across the state to Columbia. This state-level event takes place May 30-June 2, on the campuses of the University of Missouri and Columbia College, and at Hickman High School and Town & Country Lanes.

The State Summer Games officially kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 30 with the Opening Ceremony. The Opening Ceremony will feature a Go Wild! theme, the Parade of Athletes, the culmination of the statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run, the lighting of the Flame of Hope, the traditional declaration, “Let the games begin!” and a performance by The ZOOperstars. The public is encouraged to attend this free and fun event.

Competition events will take place at four venues: Hickman High School, the MU Student Recreation Complex, Town & Country Lanes and Columbia College’s Southwell Complex. Six summer sports are featured: Track and Field, Aquatics, Basketball, Bowling, Volleyball and Powerlifting. Competition begins at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 30 and ends at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 2. Please visit to register to volunteer or for more information. All events are free and the public is encouraged to attend. Venues and times are as follows:

Track & Field – Hickman High School
Saturday, June 1: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, June 2: 8 a.m-2 p.m.

Bowling – Town & Country Lanes
Saturday, June 1: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, June 2: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Aquatics – MU Student Recreation Complex
Saturday, June 1: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Powerlifting – MU Student Recreation Complex
Saturday, June 1: 1-4 p.m.

Volleyball – Columbia College Southwell Complex
Friday, May 31: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Basketball – MU Student Recreation Complex
Thursday, May 31: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, June 1: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Special Olympics is dedicated to improving the overall health and fitness of our athletes, not only through organized sports training and competition but by also providing free health screenings through the Healthy Athletes program. All of these screenings are provided for SOMO athletes at no charge. The Healthy Athlete Park will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, May 31 on the second floor of the MU Student Center and 9-3 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at Hickman High School. On Friday, services will include Healthy Hearing and Special Smiles, and on Saturday, services will include Fit Feet, FUNFitness and Health Promotion.

The State Summer Games would not be possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors. Thank you to our year-round partners Knights of Columbus, the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Shop ‘n Save. Our presenting sponsors are the Columbia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Columbia Missourian, Southwest Dairy Farmers, Veterans United Foundation, The Networks of Mid-Missouri (KMIZ), Break Time and Zimmer Radio Group. Our gold level sponsors are Town & Country Lanes and Double Vision Enterprises LLC. The silver level sponsors are the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association and Boone County National Bank. Our bronze level sponsors are Bleu, D’Sport, Mid America Mortgage and University of Missouri Healthcare.

For more information about the 2013 State Summer Games, please contact Brandon Schatsiek at 573.635.1660 or email Schatsiek(at)somo(dot)org. Visit the Summer Games page of the Special Olympics Missouri website at

Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than 16,000 athletes participate in 21 Olympic-type sports throughout the state. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their fellow athletes, their family and friends, and communities across Missouri.

Special Olympics Missouri is proud of our financial health returning 87 percent of every dollar back to program services. We are privileged to be recognized with these honors: Better Business Bureau A+ Charity Accreditation, Charity Navigator 4-star rating and an inductee into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame – Class of 2013.

Thank you for trusting us with your donations, volunteer time and your goodwill.

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