Special Olympics Spring Games held in Reno

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RENO, NV (KOLO) - Hundreds of Special Olympics athletes from six counties will converge this weekend for the Northern Nevada Spring Games.

The events will showcase the skills and accomplishments of children and adults with intellectual disabilities competing in swimming and track and field. Athletes of varying ability levels have been training since March for the competitions, which will serve as the last regional meet before the Special Olympics Nevada Summer Games from May 31 to June 1 in Reno.

WHEN/WHERE:
Track & Field
Saturday, May 18 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Reno High School, 395 Booth St., Reno, NV

Swimming
Sunday, May 19 | 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Carson Aquatic Facility, 841 N. Roop St., Carson City, NV

Special Olympics Nevada (SONV) is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through inclusive sports, education and health. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization offers free year-round training and competition programs for 3,253 athletes who compete in more than 60 competitions in 10 sports annually. On the playing field, SONV promotes inclusion through Unified Sports, bringing together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to play as teammates. On school campuses, SONV impacts more than 62,000 school-aged students by promoting inclusion through the Unified Champion Schools Program, which encourages Unified Sports, Inclusive Leadership programs and Whole School Engagement. SONV is also committed to improving the overall health and well-being of individuals with intellectual disabilities through Healthy Athletes events, offering health screenings and services free of charge. SONV relies on the support of 4,766 volunteers and funding from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations. In 2018, SONV honored the 50-year anniversary of Special Olympics.

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