Special Olympics Indiana’s 50th Anniversary Summer Games will kick off Friday and run through Sunday. The games are the organization’s largest annual event, featuring three days of state finals competition in eight Olympic-type sports at Indiana State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
The event is slated to draw nearly 3,000 athletes. Honored guest chairs of the games, award ceremonies and commemorative trading pins will be featured throughout the weekend.
In an interview with Inside INdiana Sports Contributor Bill Benner, Special Olympics Indiana President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Mohler says the community of Terre Haute has been instrumental in supporting the athletes.
“Every year at June, our athletes return to what we call their homecoming. Most of them don’t get the opportunity to go to college so Summer Games is their homecoming weekend, and the Terre Haute community is stepping up big time for us. The city of Terre Haute and the business partners are stepping up to provide uniforms for our athletes who are marching in to opening ceremonies-paid for by the community of Terre Haute.”