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Area 14 Special Olympics Games Saturday

Wylie Bulldog Stadium will host local Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes on Saturday, April 22 for the annual Area 14 Spring Games.

flickr - from Lovin' Scoopful
flickr – from Lovin’ Scoopful

The area-wide track and field competition will feature 286 athletes ranging from 8-76 years old. Saturday’s events will begin with the Opening Ceremony at 9:30 a.m., followed by track and field events which will run from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  (A complete schedule below.) Volunteers are still needed to help with events in the afternoon.

Competitors 12 years old and up will be vying for a chance to qualify for the statewide track and field competition – Summer Games, which will be held at UT-Arlington from May 26-28.

Among those competitors will be three Unified Pentathlon teams. Each will be comprised of one athlete from the Abilene Mustangs along with a Taylor County Sheriff Deputy. Athlete Tagen Reeves will be paired Deputy Brandon Abbott, Michael Martinez will be teamed up with Deputy Julie Harrison and Josh DeLuna will be partnered with Deputy Ruben Mora.

Virginia Scarcella, 76, will be participating in the 10m wheelchair race and tennis ball throw, as the Games’ oldest athlete.

This event is the second-largest competition put on for Big Country/Concho Valley area SOTX athletes each year, only behind Bowling. To qualify for the area Spring Games, athletes must be at least eight years old and have spent a minimum of eight weeks training for their events.

For more information about this year’s Spring Games, contact Luann Chastain (lchastain@sotx.org) at 325.677.3200

Schedule of Events – Area 14 Spring Games

9:30 a.m.                                                         Opening Ceremony

10:00 a.m.                                                       Wheelchair Track Events Begin

10:30 a.m.                                                       Track and Field Events Begin

About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 58,300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas. Visit the SOTX – Big Country/Concho Valley Area Facebook page at fb.com/SOTX14.

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