Special Olympics Under Way at Penn State University

Athletes representing all of the teams participating in this year's Special Olympics participated in the ceremonial torch run around Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on June 10. (Photo by Annemarie Mountz)

UNIVERSITY PARK – More than 2,000 Special Olympians and 750 coaches from across the commonwealth celebrated the start of the 41st annual Summer Games at Penn State on the University Park campus June 10. The games will run through June 12.

Thursday began with preliminary competitions, including events in softball, basketball and equestrian showmanship and gaming, and ended with the summer games’ opening ceremonies at Lubrano Park, adjacent to Beaver Stadium. The games, which are the largest event of the year for Special Olympics Pennsylvania, feature three days of intense competition in bowling, golf, tennis, gymnastics and more.

To see pictures from the opening day of competition, visit http://live.psu.edu/stilllife/2281 online.

The games will conclude Saturday afternoon with closing ceremonies on the lawn at East Halls, home to the Olympic Village at Penn State.

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