Lawrenceburg, Ind. – The Special Olympics Indiana Winter Games will take place at Perfect North Slopes on January 12-14, 2014. More than 120 Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners are registered to participate in state-level alpine skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing events, representing 11 Special Olympics county delegations throughout the state.
“In my twenty years with Special Olympics Indiana, I have always looked forward to Winter Games, as it marks the first competition to kick off the New Year!” shared Dave Breen, director of sports management for Special Olympics Indiana.
“The preparation for this competition is big, but the help from our staff, volunteers and the Dearborn County and tourism visitors is unmatched! Last year, Winter Games offered snowboarding for the first time, which worked out really well! As always, we look forward to the participation from the community and encourage everyone to come out and cheer loud and proud for our athletes competing at Winter Games.”
The first day of competition on Monday, January 13, will consist of training schools, practice and preliminary time trials due to the limited use of facilities or the equipment to practice winter sports year-round. Practice will begin at 9 a.m., and time trials for all events will take place at 2 p.m.
Final competition will begin at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, January 14, based on the time trials.
In addition to the competitions, Winter Games will include Winter Fest, Opening Ceremonies, a dance and game room at Higher Ground Conference and Retreat Center in West Harrison, Indiana. Winter Fest sponsored by Lawrenceburg ELKs
#1836 will open at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 12 with the opportunity for athletes to enjoy a number of games and activities when each county delegation arrives for Winter Games. On Sunday, January 12, at 7:30 p.m., Opening Ceremonies will take place at Higher Ground’s Life Center, followed by a dance at 8 p.m.
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ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS INDIANA
Special Olympics Indiana is a not-for-profit organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than
20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching nearly 11,000 athletes across Indiana. The organization receives no federal- or state-appropriated funds, is not a United Way agency and relies entirely on corporate, civic and individual donations. For more information about Special Olympics Indiana, call (317) 328-2000 or visit www.soindiana.org.