- ATHLETES & FAMILIES
Summer Games is the culminating competition for our Spring Sports season with athletes competing in Aquatics, Bocce, Tennis or Track & Field. It is one of the largest Special Olympics Northern California sporting events held every year.
June 27 - 29, 2014
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More than 700 Special Olympics athletes descended on the UC Davis Campus to compete in the 2014 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games. Accompanying the athletes were over 200 of their volunteer coaches to cheer them on. After weeks of training and participating at a qualifying competition, the athletes competed in Aquatics, Bocce, Tennis or Track and Field in state-of-the-art collegiate athletic facilities on the UC Davis campus.
Summer Games is the culminating competition for our spring sports season and is one of the largest Special Olympics sporting competitions in Northern California. The minimum age of the competitors is 8 years of age and there is no age limit cap. Athletes have varying ability levels and are divisioned to compete against athletes of the approximate same ability level. Over 1,200 volunteers will be on hand to fill a variety of volunteer positions over the course of the weekend.
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THE TORCH RUN
An important part of Summer Games is the running of the Special Olympics Torch, the "Flame of Hope" prior to the start of the Games. The Flame of Hope was relayed through Northern California escorted by various law enforcement agency personnel, ending at the UC Davis campus, lighting the caldron during Opening Ceremonies.
Opening Ceremonies began with the traditional parade of athletes. Athletes and their coaches were welcomed into Aggie Stadium by the "Wall of Honor" consisting of Law Enforcement personnel from all over Northern California who have raised funds and awareness for Special Olympics throughout the year.
Opening Ceremonies concluded with the dramatic arrival of the Flame of Hope into Aggie Stadium escorted by a police motorcade and law enforcement personnel. The Law Enforcement personnel were joined by Special Olympics athletes and together they lit the Special Olympics caldron to officially open the Games.
Athletes are why we exist. Volunteers are how we exist. Some 300 coaches accompanied our athletes and were with them for the duration of Summer Games. Over the course of the weekend, another 1,200 volunteers came out to help.
Of course one of the most important duties of all is being a fan in the stands and cheering for our athletes! Spectators were welcome and there was no admission fee.
Aquatics - Schaal Aquatic Center
Bocce - Howard Field
Tennis - Welch Tennis Center
Track & Field - Toomey Field
Olympic Village provided athletes the opportunity to relax, make new friends and unwind in between their competitive events. Athletes visited the Law Enforcement Torch Run booth to hobnob with their favorite officers, participate in arts and crafts, and enjoy the latest hits played by an onsite deejay. Families and visitors were welcomed and invited to visit the merchandise booth where Special Olympics merchandise was for sale.
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