2015 Special Olympics Nevada Summer Games

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June 5 - 6 2015

 

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Overview

The Torch Run

Opening Ceremonies

 

OVERVIEW

Over 260 athletes and their volunteer coaches came together at the University of Nevada, Reno to experience the thrill of competing against other athletes from all over Nevada.  After weeks of training and participating at a qualifying competition, athletes competed in Aquatics or Track and Field in state-of-the-art collegiate athletic facilities on the UNR campus.

Summer Games is the culminating Championship for aquatics and track & field and is one of the largest Special Olympics sporting competitions in Nevada. The minimum age of the competitors is 8 years of age and there is no age limit cap. Athletes have varying ability levels and are divisioned to compete against athletes of the approximate same ability level. Over 500 volunteers were be on hand to fill a variety of volunteer positions over the course of the weekend.

THE TORCH RUN

An important part of Summer Games is the running of the Special Olympics Torch, the "Flame of Hope" prior to the start of the Games. The week before the Games, the Flame of Hope was relayed through Nevada escorted by various law enforcement agency personnel and lit the caldron during Opening Ceremonies, signaling the beginning of the games.

 

 

OPENING CEREMONIES

The weekend's festivities began with Opening Ceremonies on Friday evening. It was an evening of excitement for our athletes, their coaches as well as families and the volunteers who support Special Olympics.

 

Spectators cheered and were inspired when Opening Ceremonies began with the traditional parade of athletes.  Athletes and coaches were welcomed into the Stadium by the "Wall of  Honor" consisting of Law Enforcement personnel from Nevada who raised funds and awareness for Special Olympics throughout the year. 

 

Opening Ceremonies concluded with the dramatic arrival of the Flame of Hope into the Stadium escorted by a police motorcade and Law Enforcement personnel. Law Enforcement personnel were joined by several Special Olympics athletes and together they lit  the Special Olympics caldron to officially open the Games.