51st annual Special Olympics Delaware Summer Games is June 24-25 

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The Opening Ceremony takes place Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center. Matt Janus, the Voice of the Blue Hens women’s basketball team on Fox Sports 1290, serves as emcee.

NEWARK (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: The Delaware Special Olympics Summer Games will begin on June 24th and end on June 25, 2022. The games are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday. All games will be held at the  the University of Delaware’s David Nelson athletic complex.  Here’s everything you need to know about this annual special event.

Summer Games is Special Olympics Delaware’s largest sports event. More 450 athletes and an additional 60 Unified Partners (peers without disabilities) from across the state compete in six sports — aquatics, bocce, powerlifting, softball, tennis, and track and field — on June 24 and 25 at the University of Delaware’s David Nelson athletic complex.  

More than 120 coaches have provided training over the past three months in preparation for the competition and over 1,000 volunteers from DuPont, other corporate/venue sponsors and the community help make this event possible. 

“We are proud to continue a legacy of impact in our Headquarters community, especially through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion,” commented Patrick McCrummen, Global Community & Social Impact Leader at DuPont. “Our 27-year support of the SODE Summer Games is just one example of how DuPont combines our commitment to our communities with the passion of our employees to enable people around the world to thrive.” 

In addition to competing, athletes have the opportunity to participate in fun, educational, and health-related activities at Olympic Village on Friday and at the Healthy Athletes venues on Saturday. 

The Opening Ceremony takes place Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center. Matt Janus, the Voice of the Blue Hens women’s basketball team on Fox Sports 1290, serves as emcee. Among the highlights of the ceremony is lighting of the cauldron by the Outstanding Athlete of the Year, Steve Dagg of the Newark Dragons, and the Winnie Spence Torch Runner of the Year, Lt. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police. The “Flame of Hope” arrives at the ceremony after traveling more than 100 miles throughout the First State over three days as part of the 36th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. 

“The annual Summer Games is the highlight of the year for everyone involved, and we are so excited to be back to our traditional site at the University of Delaware with all six sports happening at the same place and same time,” said David Halley, Special Olympics Delaware President & CEO. “We take great pride in providing our athletes with a first-class event at which they can display their many athletic talents not only to family and friends, but their fellow Delawareans from the community. They never cease to amaze us, and they so inspire us.”  

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