Be Inspired at the 2016 Summer Games
On June 10 and 11th, we will witness the human spirit on full display at the 47th annual 2016 Summer Games at Lone Peak High School in Highland. Nearly 1,000 athletes and Unified Partners from across Utah will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals and ribbons in their respective sports. The Summer Games features athletics (track & field), softball and soccer along with the Motor Activities Training Program (MATP).
During April and May, hundreds of athletes from around the state competed in their area track & field competitions. These athletes, along with those competing in soccer, softball and MATP, have been training in Olympic-style events since March. The Summer Games is a culmination of their hard work and determination.
Special Olympics Utah is teaming up with Lone Peak High School, Alpine School District 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).
The Summer Games is also the culmination of the 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Runs when the Final Leg ends at Lone Peak High School. Law Enforcement Officials from different agencies across Utah will unite together to bring the Flame of Hope into the Opening Ceremonies on June 10th for the lighting of the torch.
Other activities will include Special Olympics Town, an area that provides an atmosphere of entertainment, fun and educational experience for the competing athletes. Coaches, families and fans are also welcome to visit SO Town where they can buy Special Olympics merchandise, pledge to “Spread the Word to End the (R) Word” 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 Summer 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.
For more information on Summer Games including a map, schedule of events and volunteer opportunities, please visit our SUMMER GAMES page.