Looking for a fun event that is guaranteed to lighten your soul? The Inclusion Revolution has returned to Minnesota for the Special Olympics Summer Games at the University of St. Thomas campus. Athletes, unified partners, coaches and volunteers from all over the state are coming together to this weekend to celebrate a year of hard work, passion, and love of the game!
Special Olympics holds a special place in my heart. My older brother, Robert, has Down Syndrome and has participated with Special Olympics since he was 8 years old. Many lasting relationships were built during the years of my brother competing, my dad coaching, and all the siblings volunteering. I’m forever grateful for the friendships and memories made through Special Olympics.
You too can get in on the memories and cheer on over 3,600 participants! During this weekend’s Summer Games, you can check out track + field, basketball and swimming. Another awesome feature of the Summer Games is the Opening Ceremonies. This takes place on Friday, June 21st and includes the Parade of Athletes. This year’s Grand Marshals will be Joe Mauer of the MN Twins, and John Randle and Ben Leber of the MN Vikings.
Leading up to Friday, keep an eye out for local law enforcement’s participation in the Final Leg. This is a statewide run put on by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Minnesota. Officers from over 75 agencies across the state work together to carry the torch and the Flame of Hope a total of 1,066 miles to Summer Games in support of SOMN. LETR’s mission is to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. On Tuesday, the torch was carried through Mankato before heading to the Twin Cities.
Special Olympics has not only been a beacon of hope for my family but for so many others throughout the world. Join the thousands of fans from around the great state of Minnesota in celebrating our athletes and their accomplishments. Hope to see you there!