May 30 & May 31, 2014
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The Torch Run
Four hundred athletes and their volunteer coaches will come 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 will compete 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 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 will be relayed through Nevada escorted by various law enforcement agency personnel and will lightt the caldron during Opening Ceremonies, signaling the beginning of the games.
The weekend's festivities begin with Opening Ceremonies on Friday evening at beautiful MacKay Stadium on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. It will be an evening of excitement for our athletes, their coaches as well as families and the volunteer who support Special Olympics.
Spectators will cheer and be inspired when Opening Ceremonies begins with the traditional parade of athlete. Athletes and coaches will be welcomed into the Stadium by the "Wall of Honor" consisting of Law Enforcement personnel from Nevada who have raised funds and awareness for Special Olympics throughout the year.
Opening Ceremonies concludes with the dramatic arrival of the Flame of Hope into the Stadium escorted by a police motorcade and Law Enforcement personnel. Law Enforcement personnel will be joined by several Special Olympics athletes and together they will light the Special Olympics caldron to officially open the Games.
After weeks of training and competing at a regional competition, athletes will experience the thrill of competing against other athletes from all over Nevada on UNR campus.