Sizzling Summer State Games
Special Olympics Indiana – Marion County South Gives A Big Thanks to All of the Dedicated Volunteers, Supporters, and State Organizers Who Help Make the State Games Possible and Allow Our Athletes to Shine!!
Despite the heat, Special Olympics Indiana – Marion County Southside Storm athletes persevered and earned their fair share of medals and ribbons during state competition in Terre Haute. It was the perfect year to participate in aquatics, bowling, or any other indoor, climate-controlled sport during this year’s Summer State Games as the temperatures outside were brutal, reaching the upper nineties with no end in sight. The meticulous planning by the Special Olympics Indiana state office provided hydration stations, a misting station, and first-aid stations in numerous locations to ensure the safety of athletes and spectators in the sweltering heat.
The Summer State Games track and field events were hosted at the newly constructed Gibson Field facilities on the Indiana State University (ISU) campus. This year’s games introduced many changes to event locations and Olympic Town and also included bus transportation across US 41 from ISU’s main campus to Gibson Field. Overall, what could have been a recipe for disaster turned into a successful event due to careful planning by state organizers.
During the Summer Games Opening Ceremonies, the outpouring of heartfelt support from community volunteers, military personnel, and civic leaders was moving as athletes poured into Hulman Center; high-fiving their way into the massive arena for a celebration of athletes and the ceremonious lighting of the torch to signal the start of the Games.
From athlete competitions to the Opening Ceremonies to the athlete dance, the three-day event (June 10-12) provided something for everyone while athletes from all over the state of Indiana shared in the camaraderie and spirit of the games.