Track and Field
Special Olympics Indiana track and field season begins in mid-March and ends in early June at State Games in Terre Haute. Practices for Special Olympics Indiana – Marion County South track and field athletes are on Monday nights and rotate between various school track locations based on availability. Sectional competition for Marion County South athletes to qualify for State Games is held at Ben Davis High School in mid-May.
State Games competition is Indiana’s largest Special Olympics event. Athletes from all Indiana Counties with an active Special Olympics program compete during State Games at Indiana State University (ISU) in Terre Haute. Track and field events are spread over a three-day span (Friday-Saturday).
The weekend event kicks-off with a Law Enforcement Torch Run in which the Special Olympics Torch is ignited in a ceremony and then travels to ISU through designated law enforcement officials.
The Opening Ceremony for athlete competition is on Friday night which includes the “March of Athletes” where athletes parade into Rose Hulman Center, high-fiving ISU sports teams athletes, ISU coaches and staff, American Legion members, Knights of Columbus members and spectators. On Saturday night, a Special Olympics Athlete Dance is hosted, allowing all attendees to show off the latest dance moves.
On Friday and Saturday, an Olympic Village for athletes and spectators with free activities, promotional items, sponsored snacks, and information tents is a big crowd pleaser during the Special Olympics State Games.