Special Olympics Tennessee returns for summer games

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Special Olympics will host state summer games in Nashville this weekend after a three-year hiatus.

Due to the pandemic, athletes have just returned to Nashville for the first time since 2019 for summer games. Sean Stake, vice president of athletics for the Tennessee Special Olympics, said participants were thrilled to be competing this year.

“We are thrilled to be back for the first time in three years,” said Sean Stake, Senior Vice President of Athletics for Special Olympics Tennessee. “Our athletes, coaches, volunteers and sponsors are delighted to finally be back. The athletes have been waiting for a long time and have been working hard to show their skills to compete with their peers at this year’s matches. ”

More than 600 athletes from different divisions will participate in events held at Lipscomb Academy and Centennial Sportsplex including weightlifting, swimming, tennis and more.

The event’s opening ceremony kicks off Friday, May 21. News 2’s Hayley Weiglus, who is also the event’s Board Chairman, addressed athletes, coaches and volunteers. at the ceremony on Friday, and with the help of Middle Tennessee law enforcement the cauldron was lit!

The competitions of the games begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the campus of Lipscomb University. The public is invited to attend and cheer for the athletes.

https://www.wkrn.com/news/local-news/special-olympics-tennessee-returns-for-summer-games/ Special Olympics Tennessee returns for summer games

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