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June 25, 2013 > Special Olympics athletes gather for Summer Games

Special Olympics athletes gather for Summer Games

Submitted By Anna Oleson-Wheeler

More than 700 Special Olympics athletes and 200 volunteer coaches along with numerous fans will arrive at UC Davis for the annual Special Olympics Summer Games from June 28-30. Things get underway Friday, June 28 with Opening Ceremonies, which features the completion of a Law Enforcement Torch Relay to light the "flame of hope" cauldron. Athletes will compete in aquatics, bocce, tennis or track and field competitions. All events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

"Our athletes look forward to Summer Games all year," Special Olympics Northern California President & CEO Rick Collett said. "It's like the Olympics for the athletes and their coaches. It's fantastic that the Davis community supports this event, and we invite everyone out to see the impact Special Olympics makes in the lives of these athletes."

Athletes from the following counties and regional areas will be competing - Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino Coast, Monterey, Napa, Placer/Nevada, Sacramento/Yolo, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne and Yuba/Sutter/Colusa.

The two-week series of runs across Northern California, known as the Law Enforcement Torch Run began June 15 and traveled through the Greater Tri-City area on its way to Aggie Stadium. The Torch - known as the Flame of Hope - will be run one final relay around the track before the cauldron lighting.

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