Can’t get enough of this summer’s Olympics? Well, save some of that excitement for next year, when Oregon’s Special Olympics moves
to Oregon State University for the July 8 to July 9 games of 2017.
The migration from Newberg to Corvallis is most exciting given the mass of people involved and attending in support of competitors with diagnosed intellectual disabilities from ages eight and up each year. More than 13,000 individuals utilize the resources that Special Olympics Oregon offers annually, making their contribution to the well-being of disabled individuals greater than any other organization statewide.
Participants need pay nothing to enter into the games, as Special Olympics Oregon is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which accepts private donations and holds a variety of fundraisers to raise money.
Typical Special Olympics summer sports include track and field, bocce, golf, and softball. The 2017 summer program will begin with the Law Enforcement Torch Run, with volunteers and Olympians alike carrying a Flame of Hope through 30 Oregon counties.
Regional games held throughout the state in June of 2017 determine which athletes will attend the Summer Games. Participants will train for weeks in their hometowns at specific sites before attempting to qualify.
Next year’s Special Olympics is supported by the OSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and University Housing and Dining Services, along with other campus organizations. While in session, an “Olympian Town” is expected to be set up outside Reser Stadium.
By Ariadne Wolf