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Special Olympics Oklahoma to host 2020 Winter Games

Darla Shelden Story by on January 2, 2019 . Click on author name to view all articles by this author. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. — Special Olympics Oklahoma will kick off their annual State Winter Games Thursday through Saturday, January 9 through 11. Nearly 2,700 Special Olympics athletes are expected to compete in the Winter Games this year.

The Winter Games take place each January in Edmond, Oklahoma City, Norman and the University of Oklahoma.

Athletes who have qualified in area competitions will come from all over Oklahoma to compete at the state level in Basketball, Bowling, Unified® Bowling, Swimming, Volleyball and Unified® Volleyball. Other events include Young Athletes, Olympic Town, and Victory Night.

Oklahoma’s first Special Olympics event was an athletics competition at the University of Tulsa in 1969. For 50 years, Special Olympics Oklahoma has benefitted citizens with intellectual disabilities; all through the power of sport.

Today, Special Olympics Oklahoma benefits 11,600 athletes and is supported by over 10,000 volunteers and thousands of sponsors, donors and volunteers conducting more than 140 sports competitions and training clinics every year.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, daughter of Joseph and Rose Kennedy and founder of Special Olympics, was a pioneer in the global fight for rights and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities.

Eunice’s sister Rosemary had an intellectual disability. The two sisters grew up playing all sorts of sports with their family. But, back then, there were limited sports programs for someone like Rosemary.

At the Opening Ceremony of the inaugural Chicago Special Olympics, she stated that the event proved “a very fundamental fact — that children with intellectual disabilities can be exceptional athletes and that “through sports they can realize their potential for growth.”

“Let me win, and if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt,” Shriver stated at the ceremony.

Oklahoma Special Olympics Winter Games 2020 Schedule of Events:

Thursday, January 9
SWIMMING @ Mitch Park Family YMCA, 2901 Marilyn Williams Dr., in Edmond
8:00 am         Registration @ Mitch Park – Enter North lobby, park in North lot only

8:30 am         Athlete warm-up

9:00 am         Competition–See Swimming Schedule

Friday, January 10
8:15 am         Registration@ assigned Traditional Bowling venue – 1st Session

@ AMF Boulevard, Holiday Lanes, AMF Windsor, Main Event, Fire Lake          Bowl, Planet Bowl, Heritage Lanes & Bronco Bowl–as assigned
8:00 am         Registration for Unified® Team Volleyball @ OU Sarkey’s Fitness Center

8:45 am         Team Coaches’ Meeting @ venue site for Volleyball

9 am -12 p     Competition -Traditional Singles Bowling -Session 1@ AMF Boulevard, Holiday Lanes, AMF Windsor, Main Event, Fire Lake Bowl, Planet Bowl, Heritage Lanes & Bronco Bowl –as assigned
9 am – 5 pm  Competition -Volleyball -Unified® Team – OU Sarkey’s Fitness Center
12:30 pm       Registration @ assigned Traditional Bowling venue -2nd Session

@ AMF Boulevard, Holiday Lanes, AMF Windsor, Main Event, Fire Lake Bowl, Planet Bowl, Heritage Lanes & Bronco Bowl –as assigned

1 -4 pm          Competition -Traditional Singles Bowling -Session 2
@ AMF Boulevard, Holiday Lanes, AMF Windsor, Main Event, Fire Lake Bowl, Planet Bowl, Heritage Lanes & Bronco Bowl –as assigned

7 -10 pm        Opening Ceremonies Victory Celebration & Dance
@ Fellowship Church, 3801 Journey Parkway, Norman –West of I-35.

Saturday, January 11
8 -8:30 am     Registration @ venue sites for Basketball & Unified® Bowling Basketball

@ OU Sarkey’s Fitness Center Unified® Bowling

@ Heritage Lanes & Holiday Lanes

8:45 am         Team Coaches’ Meeting@ assigned venue site for Team Basketball

9 am – 12p     Competition-Unified ®DOUBLES Bowling

All Ages @ Heritage Lanes & Holiday Lanes-as assigned

9 am – 5 pm  Competition-Team Basketball@ OU Sarkey’s Fitness Center

12:30 pm       Registration @ venue sites for Unified ®Team Bowling
@ Heritage Lanes & Holiday Lanes-as assigned

1:15 pm         Registration@ Sarkey’s Fitness Center for Basketball Skills

2 – 4 pm         Competition-Ind. Skills Basketball –OU Sarkey’s Fitness Center

1 – 4 pm         Competition-Unified® DOUBLES & TEAM Bowling

All Ages @ Heritage Lanes & Holiday Lanes-as assigned

For more information, visit sook.org or call 918-481-1234.

Nearly 2,700 Special Olympics Athletes are expected to compete in Winter Games Jan. 9-11 on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman and surrounding communities. Facebook photo

Nearly 2,700 Special Olympics Athletes are expected to compete in Winter Games Jan. 9-11 on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman and surrounding communities. Facebook photo

 

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