While we do run over 120 events a year, (something many are still unaware of) the Summer Games is what most people associate Special Olympics with and what many athletes look forward to all year long. Held at the prestigious Harvard Athletic Complex on Father’s Day weekend, this event is a showcase of tremendous athletic ability and healthy living for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Can you think of a better place to have Special Olympics athletes show the world what they can do?
This year the Summer Games are presented by the New Balance Foundation and many other generous sponsors. Sending over 2,000 athletes and their coaches along with over 1,200 volunteers takes some resources so we are blessed to have such generous corporate support in this challenging economy.
The Summer Games will feature athletics (track and field events), aquatics, power lifting, tennis, volleyball, gymnastics and roller-skating. And if you’re interested in cheering these athletes on, a complete schedule including venue locations can be found at; http://www.specialolympicsma.org/summer.php. You would be hard-pressed to find a more inspirational and worthy way to spend a sunny June day. My personal favorite is power lifting. You can feel the energy in the room. It’s inescapable!!
While words can’t do this event justice, pictures can… so watch this video and get a glimpse of what the Special Olympics MA Summer Games is all about. And if you’re looking for a great way to spend Father’s Day, whether with Dad or to honor him, take time out to come to Summer Games and spend it with countless other fathers who do each year.