Special Olympics kicks off summer games in Wake
Posted June 3, 2011 10:48 a.m. EDT
Updated June 3, 2011 7:31 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.
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