Special Olympics kicks off summer games in Wake

Posted June 3, 2011

— Wake County will play host to the dreams of thousands of athletes as the 2011 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games kicks off Friday.

Nearly 1,400 athletes with physical and mental disabilities will compete in aquatics, track and field, gymnastics, power-lifting, softball and volleyball.

State Attorney General Roy Cooper will speak at the opening ceremonies at the Time Warner Cable Musical Pavilion at Walnut Creek in Raleigh Friday evening. Law enforcement officers will carry the torch as the finale to the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Competitions will take place throughout the weekend in Raleigh, Apex and Cary. Admission is free.

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Competition Schedule

Friday, June 3

7 p.m. Opening Ceremonies

Saturday, June 4

8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Softball Team Competition

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Athletics Competition & Awards

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aquatics Competition & Awards

9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Powerlifting Competition &Awards

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Volleyball Team Competition & Awards

11:15 a.m. – 3 p.m. Volleyball Skills Competition & Awards

10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Softball Skills Competition & Awards

10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Gymnastics Competition & Awards

6 p.m.-9:45 p.m. Softball Team Competition

Sunday, June 5

8 a.m.-2 p.m. Softball Team Competition & Awards

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Aquatics Competition & Awards


Opening Ceremonies: Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh

Aquatics: Triangle Aquatics Center, Cary

Athletics: Middle Creek High School, Apex

Gymnastics: North Raleigh Gymnastics, Raleigh

Powerlifting: Middle Creek High School, Apex

Softball Team: Buffaloe Road Park, Raleigh

Softball Skills: Lions Park, Raleigh

Volleyball: Carmichael Gymnasium, NC State University, Raleigh


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  • NoObamaCare Jun 3, 2011

    Thanks to North Raleigh Gymnastics for your support!

  • dwntwnboy Jun 3, 2011

    It's great that these kids and adults have this to look forward to. Worked a few events during the world games that were here a few years ago. You will never find a better sports crowd out there. There are no yells about bad calls etc- just crowds of people cheering until the last person crosses the finish line. It's a wonderful example of sportsmanship and community. It means SO much to the athletes who compete and their families that they have a weekend where they are the super stars.

  • we_all_have_it_coming Jun 3, 2011

    Probably my most favorite organization ever.


    Couldn't they schedule during a cooler time of the year?