Special Olympics athletes to celebrate 48th Summer Games in Stillwater

Special Olympics Oklahoma

More than five thousand Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes will meet in Stillwater May 17 through 19, 2017 to celebrate the 48th Annual Summer Games held in Oklahoma. 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 will start arriving in Stillwater on Wednesday morning, May 17, 2017. They will come from the 14 geographic areas of Oklahoma where they have completed competitions in their local areas.

This year is the 34th year the Summer Games have been hosted at Oklahoma State University and the City of Stillwater. Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes will compete in the following sports: athletics (track and field), bocce, bowling, golf, horseshoes, powerlifting, Unified® 3-on-3 basketball and Unified® softball. Other events include motor activities and Young Athletes™.

Opening Ceremonies is scheduled for Wednesday evening, May 17, 2017 at Oklahoma State University Gallagher Iba Arena. The theme for Opening Ceremonies is “Pirates: Sailing for the Gold.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with pre-show entertainment. The official Opening Ceremonies begins at 7:30 p.m. with the traditional Parade of Athletes.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run will escort the Parade of Athletes, carry the Flame of Hope, and rappel into Gallagher Iba Arena.

The presenting sponsor for Opening Ceremonies is COX Communications. Other premier sponsors for Summer Games include American Airlines Charity Golf Association, Law Enforcement Torch Run, McDonald’s of Oklahoma, SONIC Drive-In, The Common Bond Foundation.

Please contact the following for more information at 918.481.1234:

Volunteer opportunities, contact Kate Wigent, kate@sook.org.
Donations and sponsorships, contact Derek Cain, derek@sook.org.
Media and public relations, contact Donna Ham, donna@sook.org.
Law Enforcement Torch Run, contact Jennifer Lightle, jenniferl@sook.org.

Please visit www.sook.org to access information about Summer Games or other Special Olympics Oklahoma events.