Summer Games

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. 

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                                              June 26 - 28, 2015

 

                                              

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Table of Contents

About Summer Games

Campus Map and Driving Directions

The Torch Run Info and Routes

Opening Ceremonies

Volunteering

Competition

Olympic Village

Special Smiles

 

More than 600 Special Olympics athletes descended on the UC Davis Campus to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games. Accompanying the athletes and cheering them on were over 200 of their volunteer coaches.  After weeks of training and participating at a qualifying competition, the athletes  competed in aquatics, bocce, tennis or track & 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 eight years of age and there is no age limit cap. Athletes have varying ability levels and are put into divisions to compete against athletes of the approximate same ability level. Over 1,200 volunteers were on hand to fill a variety of volunteer positions over the course of the weekend.

 

CAMPUS MAP AND DRIVING DIRECTIONS

 

Campus Map

Driving Directions

 

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, and ended at the UC Davis campus, which lit the caldron during Opening Ceremonies.  

 

 

OPENING CEREMONIES
 

The weekend's festivities began with Opening Ceremonies on Friday evening at the UC Davis Aggie Soccer Stadium. Opening Ceremonies was an evening of excitement for our athletes, and the coaches, families and volunteers who support Special Olympics.        

Opening Ceremonies began with the traditional parade of athletes. Athletes and their coaches were welcomed into Aggie Soccer 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 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.

 

 

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Athletes are why we exist. Volunteers are how we exist. Some 200 coaches accompanied our athletes 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 welcomed and there were on hand!.

 

THE COMPETITION
 

After weeks of training and competing at a regional competition, athletes experienced the thrill of competing in state-of-the-art collegiate athletic facilities on the UC Davis campus. 

 

Aquatics - Schaal Aquatic Center

Bocce - A Street Field

 

Tennis - Welch Tennis Center

 

Track & Field - Toomey Field

  

 

OLYMPIC VILLAGE

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 and enjoyed the various sponsor booths provided for the entertainment of the athletes.  

 

SPECIAL SMILES

Special Smiles provided comprehensive oral health care information, including free dental screenings and instructions on correct brushing and flossing techniques to participating Special Olympics athletes. This also included issuing preventative supplies like toothpaste and toothbrushes and fluoride varnish.  

 

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