About 600 athletes, 200 coaches, and more than 400 volunteers will gather at the University of Hartford on Saturday, May 12, for the Special Olympics Connecticut Eastern Regional Games. Joining them will be Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, who will offer remarks during the Opening Ceremonies, and current Miss Connecticut Logan West, who will be a guest speaker and an awards presenter.
Opening Ceremonies will start at 9:30 a.m. at the University of Hartford’s Sports Center. Opening Ceremonies and Aquatics competitions will be held at the University and track-and-field competitions will be held at Hartford Public High School. In addition, both venues will have an Olympic Town area where athletes can enjoy music, dancing, and arts and crafts.
The event is open free to the public. Corporate partners include Presenting Sponsor Hoffman Auto Group, Silver Sponsor Lincoln Waste Solutions, and Bronze Sponsor Merrill Lynch.
This is the ninth year that the University of Hartford has hosted the Eastern Regional Games, and the 2012 Eastern Regional Games are expected to be the largest Regional Competition held this year. Many of the athletes taking part in these Games will advance to the Special Olympic Connecticut Summer Games, being held June 8-10, in New Haven.
Since 1969, Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) has provided year-round sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities through local, regional and state programs. SOCT serves 6,900 athletes throughout the state. Over 10,000 general volunteers and 900 volunteer coaches are involved with SOCT programs statewide. Special Olympics is a movement that’s changing attitudes and changing lives by inspiring inclusion, understanding and respect for people of all abilities, in all aspects of life. (www.soct.org)
Partner Sponsors: Adams Hometown Markets/IGA Hometown Supermarkets, Connecticut Light & Power/Yankee Gas/ Western Massachusetts Electric (Northeast Utilities Companies), Law Enforcement Torch Run, NBC Connecticut, TD Bank, and United Technologies.
Year-Round Sponsors: Adams Hometown Markets/IGA Hometown Supermarkets, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New England, Crystal Rock Water and Coffee Company, Graebel Trucking, Guida’s Dairy, Marcus Communications, State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Community Service and Worx Branding & Advertising.
Chartered in 1957 with the mission to be a “private university with a public purpose,” the University of Hartford offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in the arts, humanities, business, engineering and technology, education, and the health professions. The University’s student body of nearly 7,200 represents 48 states and more than 60 countries. For more information, visit www.hartford.edu.