Special Olympics Arkansas begins May 22nd

NORTH LITTLE ROCK - Nearly 2,000 Special Olympics Arkansas athletes are gearing up to compete at the 2014 Summer Games May 22- 24 at Harding University in Searcy. Athletes from across the state will compete in six different sports: athletics, bocce, flag football, powerlifting, softball, and aquatics. "For the past 44 years, Special Olympics Arkansas has celebrated the hard work and training of many athletes who call our state home during the Summer Games," Special Olympics Arkansas executive director Terri Weir. "If you have never been to a Special Olympics Arkansas event, I encourage you to stop by this year's games and see what a difference this organization is making in the lives of Arkansans." The three day event will kick off Thursday evening with the Opening Ceremonies, beginning at 7:30 p.m.. This year, Special Olympics Arkansas is honored to have three Athlete Ambassadors, Chelsea Durham, Scarlett Hamby and Sharon Johnson as emcees for the evening. Athlete Ambassadors are Special Olympics Arkansas athlete leaders who have undergone training to learn presentation skills so they can help spread the message of Special Olympics to the general public. The Athlete Leadership program provides a way for athletes to showcase talents and interests that may have gone unnoticed, such as public speaking. The competition officially kicks off at 8:30a.m. On Friday, May 23, and continues through Saturday, May 24 at noon. There is no cost to attend the event and all spectators are welcome.{} To learn more about Special Olympics Arkansas and the 2014 Summer Games, visit SpecialOlympicsArkansas.orgThe vision of Special Olympics Arkansas is to transform communities by changing lives through sports.