The Special Olympics Massachusetts Annual Soccer Tournament is rich in tradition and history. It is a highlight of the organization’s yearly Fall Tournament which takes place each October and November and has been planned by Governor’s Academy student-volunteers for over 25-years. The 2011 Annual Soccer Tournament will feature over 115 soccer teams comprised of Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes and Unified Partners on Sunday, November 6th at Governor’s Academy in Byfield. Soccer, one of the most popular sports for Special Olympics athletes, enables the organization to reach a broad spectrum of athletes by featuring the youngest age bracket of all sports. Soccer athletes kick-off the day with the traditional Parade of Athletes at 8:30 a.m. followed by the Opening Ceremonies. Competition begins at 10 a.m. on over 20 soccer fields.
The Fall Tournament is a great way to welcome autumn each year with a variety of sporting events for athletes of all ages and abilities. Along with soccer, the season offers equestrian, flag football, cheerleading and Senior Sports competitions. The yearly experience is another way Special Olympics strives to promote health and fitness through a wide range of sports competitions and opportunities to provide a better life for individuals with intellectual disabilities through sports.
Over 350 student-volunteers from Governor’s Academy will take an active part in organizing the annual soccer tournament and contribute to the overall success of the event. The school has a long practice of utilizing experienced, older students acting as ‘heads’ to mentor younger students in the ‘shadows’ position during the event to prepare them for being heads at next year’s event.
General Schedule of Events :
- Sunday, November 6 (Governor’s Academy, 1 Elm Street, Byfield, MA)
8:30am Opening Ceremony
10:00 am Competition Begins