2016 Fall Sports Classic
On October 14 – 15th, nearly 1,000 athletes and Unified Partners from across Utah will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals and ribbons at state games at the University of Utah and Rose Park Golf Course in Salt Lake City. The Fall Sports Classic features aquatics, basketball, bocce and golf along with the Motor Activities Training Program (MATP).
Hundreds of athletes from around the state competed in their area aquatics, basketball and bocce competitions from August through October. These athletes, along with those competing in golf and MATP, have been training in Olympic-style events since August. The Fall Sports Classic is their opportunity to showcase their hard-work, determination and talent at state games.
Special Olympics Utah is teaming up with University of Utah, Rose Park Golf Course and our corporate sponsors to host this exciting two-day event. It is a great opportunity to bring our community together to promote a message of inclusion and respect as we advocate for the value of all people.
In addition to quality competitions, Special Olympics Utah will host the Healthy Athletes program where volunteer clinicians donate their services to offer free health screenings to athletes and Unified Partners. This program was developed to improve our athletes’ ability to train and compete, educate them about healthy lifestyle choices, identify problems that may need follow-up and enhance their sports experience. Summer Games will offer six areas of health screenings: Fit Feet (podiatry), FUNfitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion (better health and well-being), Healthy Hearing (audiology), Opening Eyes (vision) and Special Smiles (dentistry).
Other activities will include Special Olympics Town, an activity area at the games which provides entertainment outside of the competitions as well as an area to relax. It is the focal point of daytime entertainment activities including sport, recreation, cultural and educational experiences. It is free to the public. Athletes, coaches, families and fans are also welcome to visit SO Town where they can participate in crafts and entertainment, meet U of U athletes, buy Special Olympics merchandise, pledge to “Spread the Word to End the (R) Word”, try out the Young Athletes equipment and receive more information about Special Olympics Utah and our programs. There will also be a Food Truck Round-Up.
Many supporters throughout the state will be on hand as nearly 500 coaches and 750 day-of-volunteers support the Fall Games participants. The community is invited to cheer on the athletes as Fans in the Stands at competitions and the Opening Ceremonies held on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at the HPER Center.
For more information on the Fall Sports Classic including a map, schedule of events and volunteer opportunities, please visit our FALL SPORTS CLASSIC page.