Special Olympics Indiana to Hold Annual ‘Eunice Kennedy Shriver Games’ in September
More than 2,300 Special Olympics athletes and unified partners from across Indiana will participate in state-level competitions over three weekends, kicking off Sept. 9 at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory Academy.
INDIANAPOLIS—Special Olympics Indiana will host its second largest annual sporting event this month, as state tournaments in seven sports are held Sept. 9, Sept. 14-15, and Sept. 22 around Indianapolis.
Delegations representing 51 Special Olympics county programs from across the state will participate in the organization’s annual Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Games, named in honor of the Special Olympics founder. A total of 2,306 athletes and unified partners are registered for one or more of the events.
“The Special Olympics movement has grown and changed so much over the course of our first 50 years, but sports and competition are still at the heart of what we do,” said Special Olympics Indiana President and CEO Jeff Mohler. “For these athletes, competing and doing well in our state tournaments is often among the highlights of their year.”
The 2018 EKS Games begin Sunday, Sept. 9 at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory Academy (2801 W. 86th St., Indianapolis), where more than 1,600 athletes, coaches, and partners will take part in state competitions for volleyball, flag football, corn toss, and distance run/walk. Competition and other activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Approximately 400 Brebeuf students will again volunteer at the event, led by the school’s 25-member Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT)—which annually works with Special Olympics Indiana staff to plan and execute all facets of the day.
Free health screenings also will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of Special Olympics’ ongoing Healthy Athletes® and Healthy Communities® initiatives, dedicated to improving health and wellness among people with intellectual disabilities worldwide.
The Games resume Sept. 14-15 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex (1900 E. Main St., Danville), where approximately 50 riders will compete in Special Olympics Indiana’s state equestrian competition. The event includes a diverse lineup of English and Western-style challenges, with competition from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
And finally, on Sept. 22, more than 300 golfers will compete at Hickory Stick Golf Club (4422 Hickory Stick Blvd., Greenwood) while sectional champions from across the state take part in the state softball tournament at Midwest Sports Complex (7509 New Augusta Rd., Indianapolis). Competitions will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. respectively, and each event will feature both traditional and unified contests—bringing athletes with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team and the same playing field as a means of promoting inclusion and fostering friendship.
All EKS Games events are free and open to the public, and fans are encouraged to attend. Additional information can be found at www.soindiana.org.
ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS INDIANA
Special Olympics Indiana is a nonprofit organization that is a part of the global Special Olympics movement, using sport, health, education, and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1969, Special Olympics Indiana has grown to more than 16,000 athletes and unified partners in virtually every county throughout the state. With the support of nearly 10,000 coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics Indiana provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the participants. Learn more by visiting www.soindiana.org.
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