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Second Annual Special Olympics Summer Games for Upper Valley

The second annual Upper Valley Special Olympics Summer Games will be held Sunday, May 7, giving special athletes in the region another chance to display their skills and a chance to participate in events that qualify them for statewide competition. Organizers hope to make the Summer Games a permanent fixture for the Upper Valley and Dartmouth communities.

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Photo courtesy Upper Valley Special Olympics

The Summer Games management team is composed entirely of Dartmouth students. Games Director Emily Lucsz '08 says, "We hope that everyone will celebrate these special athletes from Vermont and New Hampshire as they demonstrate the results of years of training." The athletes will be competing in track and field events at Dartmouth's Memorial Field and swimming events at the Karl Michael Pool in the Alumni Gym. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. at Memorial Field.

"The enthusiasm and motivation is astonishing," adds Assistant Games Director Kyle Sherry '09. "Last summer's Games exceeded our expectations and we want this Special Olympics to be even better."

In addition to organizing the event, Dartmouth students will be volunteering on the day of the games. More than a hundred volunteers came last year to register athletes, escort them to events, and time races. But their most important contribution, say organizers, was cheering on the athletes. "These athletes practice so hard to be able to compete. We want them to know that we recognize their efforts," says Luscz, who adds that anyone interested in volunteering should contact her by e-mail at emily.luscz@dartmouth.edu or call 646-5270.

For more information on Special Olympics, go to www.sonh.org and www.vtso.org.

By GENNY NGAI '07

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Last Updated: 12/17/08