Hundreds of Statewide Athletes Competed at Summer Games
2017 Special Olympics Alaska Summer Games are Officially Closed
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Smiles and high-fives were exchanged as the 2017 Special Olympics Alaska Summer Games came to a close on Sunday. More than 250 athletes and Unified Partners from ten Alaskan communities competed this past weekend as they strove to do their personal best. The ten communities included: Anchorage, Central Peninsula, Fairbanks, Homer, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Mat-Su Valley, Valdez and Wrangell.
The Summer Games commenced with an Opening Ceremony on Friday with motivating speeches given by athletes, volunteers and coaches. Throughout the weekend, athletes competed in athletics, aquatics, basketball, gymnastics and powerlifting, where honored guests presented awards and cheered on the athletes. The Summer Games concluded with a Closing Ceremony on Sunday, where athletes got to share their stories about the weekend, including their personal bests.
Special Olympics Alaska is an accredited program of Special Olympics Inc., a global organization that has provided sports training and competition to people with intellectual disabilities since 1968. In Alaska, Special Olympics serve more than 2,000 athletes in 10 communities around the state through local “community” training programs.