Missouri Special Olympics Hosts State Outdoor Games | Missouri News


JEFFERSON CITY – The Special Olympics Missouri hosted the State Outdoor Games today.

The games bring more than 1,000 athletes, coaches and families from across the state to the Jefferson City area for state-level competition.

Five outdoor sports are presented: p̩tanque, softball, tennis, golf and flag football. Two sporting events took place today Рp̩tanque and softball Рand three more will take place on Saturday, October 2.

The opening ceremony took place at the Blair Oaks Sports Complex before the pétanque competition. The volunteers helped the athletes and made sure everyone had a good time and could compete.

Briana Haines is on the board of directors for Special Olympics Missouri and is grateful for being able to host the games again after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Just seeing our athletes and playing after being home for so long is a very good thing to see. “

Crowds can do more than just watch the games; the organization also runs its “Healthy Athletes” program at the event, where athletes can attend various tents that offer wellness opportunities such as eye screenings, free sunscreen and body checks. feet. There is also a “Sports Zone” which provides snacks, water and nutritional information to ensure athletes are in top shape for competition.

Athletes compete in groups, and the winners of each round receive a medal and get their photo on the podium.

Special Olympics Missouri also offers athlete leadership programs to help promote leadership among people with developmental disabilities and provide them with opportunities to thrive in the community.

For more information on how to participate in the State Outdoor Games, visit Special Olympics Missouri website.


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