Hundreds of champion athletes with intellectual disabilities from across the state will compete in the 2016 Special Olympics Mississippi Fall Games, this Saturday, October 22 at Camp Shelby.
“Our annual Fall Games is the culmination of intense preparation by our athletes, volunteers and staff across the state,” said Jim Beaugez, Director of Public Relations at Special Olympics Mississippi. “This year we’ll have more than 500 competitors, including several national Gold medal-winning athletes, proving their talents and skills in six sports categories.”
Camp Shelby Commander Colonel Greg Michel will serve as the master of ceremonies, and the William Carey University marching band and Mississippi Choir will perform during the Fall Games Opening Ceremony on October 21. The games kick off at 9 a.m. on October 22 as hundreds of athletes with intellectual disabilities compete in flag football, bocce, horseshoes, croquet and cheerleading. Equestrian events will be held at the Forrest County Multipurpose Center.
Special Olympics Mississippi became one of the first pilot programs after Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver visited Ellisville State School in Jones County in 1968, and was officially incorporated and recognized by the state in August 1975.
Today, Special Olympics Mississippi serves more than 4,000 athletes through a network of 17 multi-county areas and thousands of volunteers. Athletes compete locally at more than 50 events across the state, then statewide at the annual Summer Games and Fall Games. Athletes can then advance to the national and international levels of competition.
About Special Olympics Mississippi
Chartered in 1975, the mission of the Mississippi Chapter of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics Athletes and their communities. For more information, please visit us at www.specialolympicsms.org.