Area III Special Olympics Games Scheduled

From: News Release   1/12/18   GCN

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – It has been a cold winter, but spring is just around the corner and Area III Special Olympics athletes from Hancock, Harrison, Pearl River and Stone counties are gearing up for the annual Special Olympics Track and Field Competitions. The games are scheduled for March 10 at INFINITY Science Center, with the opening ceremony parade of athletes beginning at 9 a.m.
 
Patterned on the World Olympics, the games include an opening ceremony, parade of athletes, and a host of track and field competitions. Other fun events and entertainment will also be available.
 
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for intellectually or developmentally challenged persons at least eight years of age and older. Through successful experiences in sports, Olympians gain confidence and build a positive self-image that carries over into the classroom, home, job and community.
 
Athletes may sign up through their school’s Special Education Office, local Service Providers or by contacting the Area III Director, Katherine Clough, at keclough@yahoo.com.
 
Hundreds of volunteers and sponsors are needed to help with various components of the games, to include athlete friends who assist the athletes. Athlete friends must be at least 16 years of age.
 
To volunteer to help with the games or for more information, visit the Area III website at: https://www.sscspecialolympics.com/.
 
The Area III Special Olympics are held in partnership with Stennis Space Center and INFINITY Science Center.
 
Note that the games are at INFINITY Science Center, and will no longer held on site at Stennis Space Center. Athletes and volunteers arriving from north will not be permitted to drive through Stennis, and must find alternate routes.

 This year’s event is coordinated by NASA at Stennis