Nearly 2,700 competitors and as many as 5,000 volunteers, coaches, and spectators from across Indiana will converge on Terre Haute this June for state-level competitions in eight Summer Games sports.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Founded on the campus of Indiana State University nearly 50 years ago, Special Olympics Indiana will return home once again this year as scores of athletes and their families make the journey from the farthest corners of the state to take part in the 2017 Summer Games, June 9 – 11 in Terre Haute.
Nearly 2,700 Special Olympics athletes and unified partners representing 63 delegations will participate in the organization’s largest annual sporting event, with competitions scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in a variety of sports, including: bocce, bowling, cycling, horseshoes, powerlifting, swimming, track & field, and volleyball.
An additional 1,100 coaches and 1,500 volunteers are expected, along with family members and supporters. The Games are open to the public and free to attend.
“I annually look forward to interacting with the families, volunteers, and athletes, and having the opportunity to be together for a few days and get to know everyone,” said Michael Furnish, president and CEO of Special Olympics Indiana. “Personally, it represents an anchor for me—it represents a really important reminder for why we do what we do.”