Over 1,000 athletes to participate in numerous events


PHOENIX – (April 13, 2009) – Special Olympics Arizona will host the 2009 Summer Games Thursday, April 30 through Saturday, May 2.  The Games will feature track and field events, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, kayaking, power lifting, and tennis.  Additionally, indoor athletics will be held for wheelchair athletes and assisted walk participants.  Almost 1,200 athletes are registered to participate at two designated venues.  Mesa Community College will host all of the events aside from the kayaking games which will be held at Tempe Town Lake.


Opening Ceremonies for the 2009 Summer Games begin at 7 p.m. May 1 at the Mesa Community College football stadium.  The ceremonies will conclude with a dance and the public is invited to attend this free event.


“Our athletes compete and train 365 days a year every year,” said Special Olympics Arizona President and CEO Tom Fraker. “The athletes look forward to the competitions and we encourage the public to come out and join in the festivities.  Once you experience the spirit and will of our Special Olympics Arizona athletes, you will understand what great assets they are to our society and you will feel compelled to donate, volunteer or participate as we see this every time we host our Games.”


On Saturday, along with the Games, Special Olympics Arizona will host Healthy Athletes Clinics, designed for competing and non-competing athletes who may receive dental, eye, foot and hearing care.  The Healthy Athlete Clinics are held four times a year at no cost to Special Olympics Arizona athletes.


For a complete listing of the 2009 Summer Games events, times and locations, visit www.soaz.org/sports. 


About Special Olympics Arizona

Special Olympics Arizona aims to empower the over 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive, and respected members of society through our year-round sports training, competition, and support programs. To donate, volunteer, or participate visit us online at www.soaz.org



Jeff Golner

President, JFG Consulting

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