STEVENS POINT (WAOW) — For the 40th year, Special Olympics Wisconsin Summer Games will be held in Stevens Point.
The games start Thursday and include competitions in track and field, swimming and soccer.
However, it’s not just the universal language of sports the athletes enjoy.
“We’ve done some talking with our athlete leaders, and the number one thing they love about Special Olympics is the social aspect,” said Jason Blank, Senior Director of Sports of Special Olympics Wisconsin.
More than 1,300 athletes are participating, with over 500 coaches and 600 volunteers.
“Every year we’re just blown away by not only the volunteers: the police, as well as other community members that come out and support our athletes,” said Blank.
Before the official opening of the event, law enforcement and community members will carry the ‘Flame of Hope’ on the final leg of the Torch Run.
Runners and bikers from 30 different Wisconsin communities will meet in Stevens Point to kick off the start of the games Thursday.
The Parade of Athletes is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Opening Ceremony at 7, emceed by Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza.
Volunteers are still welcomed for Friday and Saturday. All volunteers receive a free t-shirt and lunch.
All activities are free for spectators. Events end Saturday.
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