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Special Olympics kicks off summer games this weekend at Cessna Stadium

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, June 6, 2014, at 8:56 a.m.

About 1,400 athletes are in town this weekend for the 44th annual Special Olympics Kansas Summer Games at Wichita State University.

This year, athletes from 8 to 89 years old will compete in the games, which include track and field events and swimming competitions.

The event was scheduled to begin Friday night with the completion of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. More than 900 officers from 90 agencies carried the Special Olympics torch through 30 Kansas counties before lighting the Flame of Hope at Cessna Stadium to inaugurate the games.

Last year, the torch run raised more than $451,000 for the organization, according to a news release from Special Olympics Kansas.

There will be a Victory Banquet on Saturday night at the Cotillion, where the 2014 Most Inspirational Athlete will be announced. The festivities will be followed by a dance.

Aquatics, cycling and tennis events began Friday, and the track and field competition starts at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Admission is free and the games are open to the public.

For a full schedule of events, visit www.ksso.org/summer-games.

Reach Matt Riedl at 316-269-6791 or mriedl@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @riedlmatt.

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