More than five thousand Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes are scheduled meet in Stillwater from May 11 through 13 to celebrate the 47th Annual Summer Games held in Oklahoma.
This year, more athletes are attending summer games than in any previous year.
Special Olympics Oklahoma staff and thousands of volunteers are gearing up for three days full of competitions, Olympic-style ceremonies, Olympic village, food, housing and many fun activities.
Athletes are set to arrive in Stillwater on Wednesday morning.
They represent the 14 geographic areas of Oklahoma where they have completed competitions in their local areas. This year is the 33rd year the summer games have been hosted at Oklahoma State University and the City of Stillwater.
Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes compete in track and field, bocce, bowling, golf, horseshoes, powerlifting, basketball and softball. Other events include motor activities.
Opening ceremonies are scheduled for Wednesday evening at Oklahoma State University Gallagher Iba Arena.
The theme for the opening ceremonies is “Special Olympics under the big top.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with pre-show entertainment.
The official opening ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. with the traditional parade of athletes. The law enforcement runners are slated to escort the parade of athletes, carry the flame of hope and rappel into Gallagher Iba Arena.
President Burns Hargis, Oklahoma State University, is set to issue the official welcome to the athletes onto the campus.
The presenting sponsor for opening ceremonies is COX Communications and other sponsors include E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Law Enforcement Torch Run, McDonald’s of Oklahoma, Sarkeys Foundation and Sonic Corporation.