MORE THAN 1,000 ATHLETES FROM ACROSS THE STATE WILL COMPETE
Special Olympics Arizona is kicking off one of its biggest competitions of the year – the 2021 Fall Games Presented by Casino Arizona – which will feature more than 1,000 SOAZ athletes statewide celebrating Inclusion and showcasing their skills in swimming, softball and bocce.
The swimming competition will take place at Southwest Valley YMCA in Goodyear, while the Bocce and Softball events will be held at Pioneer Community Park in Peoria. All competitions will take place over two days – Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23.
“We are so excited to kick off the 2021 Fall Games and welcome our wonderful athletes from all across the state of Arizona,” said Jamie Heckerman, President and CEO of Special Olympics Arizona. “It has been a challenging 18 months with so many cancelations and disruptions for our athletes, we know they can’t wait to get back to competition, as well as just getting the opportunity to reconnect in person with their friends and coaches. It is truly a great event, we encourage everyone to come out and cheer on and support these athletes.”
Throughout the weekend of competition, Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program will provide complimentary medical exams to athletes that will include Fit Feet, Fun Fitness and Special Smiles programs. Presented by Mercy Care, Healthy Athletes will take place at Pioneer Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; with Special Smiles taking place Oct. 22-23, while Fit Feet and Fun Fitness will be available on Oct. 23.
SOAZ merchandise also will be available for purchase at both locations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help support SOAZ athletes.