'Be a Fan': Special Olympics Georgia State Summer Games May 21-23
About 2,600 athletes and coaches from all over Georgia will compete in Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) State Summer Games May 21-23 at Emory University. Athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, soccer, soccer skills, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, tennis, and gymnastics.
Friday, before the games begin, a Law Enforcement Torch Run press conference will be held at 9 a.m. on the capitol steps. Governor Sonny Perdue will attend and thank the law enforcement torch run officers.
This press conference comes after officers have passed the "Flame of Hope" torch across the state over the last few weeks, which will stop at Summer Games Opening Ceremony at Emory.
The games, which are free and open to the public, begin Friday, May 21, with the Opening Ceremony at 8 p.m. at Emory's McDonough Field with a parade of athletes. Leading the parade of athletes is Atlanta Falcons Running Back Jason Snelling. Opening's emcee is WSB-TV retired sports anchor Bill Hartman.
Competitions will be Saturday and Sunday, with medals being awarded throughout the weekend. Events will be held at the Woodruff P.E. Center and Candler Soccer Field on Emory's campus.
Parking is free at Peavine Parking deck. For more information about the games and a map of Emory, visit www.specialolympicsga.org.
Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA)
SOGA provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for nearly 22,797 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community. For more information, visit www.specialolympicsga.org