Today's Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games to Include More than 670 Athletes

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Ceremonies to Kick-off With the Lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron by Law Enforcement Community Members, Ending a Two Week-long Torch Relay at U.C. Davis Aggie Stadium, Beginning at 7 p.m. PDT

Opening Ceremonies for the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games is always an inspirational and emotional moment in which we celebrate the accomplishments of our extraordinary athletes, their coaches and family members, and law enforcement.

WHEN:    
7:00 p.m. PDT, Friday, June 24

WHERE:    
U.C. Davis Aggie Stadium

WHO:    
More than 670 Special Olympics Northern athletes and coaches, their families, and officers representing the Law Enforcement community will be in attendance.

WHAT:    
Beginning at 7:00 p.m. PDT, officers and deputies will relay the Special Olympics Flame of Hope ™ into Aggie Stadium at the University of California, Davis where it will light the Cauldron to open the Northern California Summer Games. The lighting of the cauldron will conclude the 700 mile, 21 county and 500 officer 2011 Torch Run, an important fundraiser for the services and programs of Special Olympics Northern California. The Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run Director will present a check representing this year’s fundraising total to Special Olympics Northern California.

Athletes and their coaches will also enter the stadium to officially begin the Summer Games.

This ceremony highlights and honors the athletes, coaches, volunteers of the year, and the Law Enforcement Torch Run volunteers and fundraisers. The event provides excellent opportunities for video and photography, and Special Olympics is available to assist the media to secure the best possible images from these moving ceremonies.

Summer Games – June 25th & 26th
Saturday:     8:30 a.m. PDT – Games begin at various locations on the UC Davis campus
Sunday:     8:00 a.m. PDT – Games begin at various locations on the UC Davis campus

Our Sponsors
The 2011 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games is sponsored by AT&T, WalMart, Kaiser Permanente, Nella Oil, Safeway, Chevron, MedeAnalytics, Adobe, Tesoro and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

About Special Olympics Northern California
Special Olympics Northern California provides athletic opportunities that instill the confidence young people and adults with intellectual disabilities need to navigate life more successfully. Special Olympics serves more than 18,000 participants and their families throughout Northern California year-round. All programs are free of charge to participants and Special Olympics is entirely funded through the generosity of local individuals, law enforcement groups and businesses.

CONTACT:
Dorreen Roth at dorreenr(at)sonc(dot)org or 925-381-1170

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