Throughout the year, Special Olympics athletes across the state train and practice with determination and dedication to prove that people of all abilities can excel at competitive sports.
See more than 1,000 of these athletes, as they participate in the 2012 Special Olympics Connecticut Fall Sports Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9.
Events will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the following locations:
- Softball – Connecticut Sportsplex, 150 Foxon Road, North Branford and Kennedy Field, 51 Maple Street, East Haven
- Bocce – Savin Rock, Rock Road, West Haven
- Sailing – New England Science & Sailing Foundation, 70 Water Street, Stonington
- Croquet (Saturday only) – Rhode Island
- Golf (Sunday only) – Sleeping Giant Golf Course, 3931 Whitney Avenue, Hamden
In addition to the athletes, more than 400 volunteers and 275 coaches are expected to participate.
Spectators are welcome, and all are encouraged to follow Special Olympics Connecticut on Facebook and Twitter to get updates and see photos of athletes participating in the Fall Sports Festival.
Event sponsors include A.H. Gildersleeve, Gold Sponsor; New England Science & Sailing, Silver Sponsor; Bic and McGladrey, Bronze Sponsors; Connecticut Section of the PGA and Moose Charities, Supporting Sponsors; Dominion Foundation, Contributing Sponsor; and Clear Channel Community Access Radio and the New Haven Register, Media Sponsors.
The Fall Sports Festival is one of over 75 competitions hosted by Special Olympics Connecticut around the state throughout the year and one of four major statewide competitions held annually by the organization. New athletes, partners, sponsors, coaches, volunteers, supporters and fans are invited to join the Special Olympics Connecticut team.
About Special Olympics Connecticut
Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for more than 13,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and Unified Partners (their teammates without disabilities).
Through a myriad of initiatives throughout the state and the world, Special Olympics is a movement that’s changing attitudes and changing lives by inspiring inclusion, understanding and respect for people of all abilities, in all aspects of life. (www.soct.org)
Editor's note: This announcement originally was posted on Aug. 7. The time stamp has been changed for layout purposes on the Home page of Darien Patch.