Summer Games is Special Olympics Delaware’s largest sports event.

Summer Games is Special Olympics Delaware’s largest sports event.

More than 700 athletes and a additional 85 Unified Partners, or peers without disabilities, from across the state compete in six sports — aquatics, bocce, powerlifting, softball, tennis, and track and field — on June 7 and 8, marking the 25th consecutive year the University of Delaware has hosted the organization’s signature event.

The event will be held in the UD athletic complex and in Handloff Park in Newark.

More than 225 coaches have trained the athletes and Unified Partners over the past two months in preparation for the competition and more than 1,000 volunteers from a variety of corporate/venue sponsors make this event possible.

In addition to competing, athletes have the opportunity to visit Olympic Village and Healthy Athletes on June 7 and participate in fun, educational and health-related activities. Athletes then join family members and volunteers for a picnic prior to the Opening Ceremony.

The Opening Ceremony takes place June 7 at 7 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center, featuring the Voice of the Blue Hens, Scott Klatzkin, serving as emcee, and several guest appearances, including UD Direct of Athletics and Recreation Services Eric Ziady. Among the highlights of the ceremony is the lighting of the cauldron by 2012 Outstanding Athlete Tommy Fields of Wilmington, and Torch-Runner of the Year Sgt. Karen Messner of the New Castle County Police Department. The “Flame of Hope” arrives at the ceremony after traveling 160 miles over three days as part of the 27th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

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All events are free and open to the public.