Special Olympics Wyoming will host area games in Cody on Friday, where athletes will qualify for the upcoming virtual state summer games. This year the area games will host competitions in aquatics, …
Special Olympics Wyoming will host area games in Cody on Friday, where athletes will qualify for the upcoming virtual state summer games. This year the area games will host competitions in aquatics, track and field, and basketball skills.
The Area I Special Olympics Summer Games kick off at 9 a.m. with Cody area law enforcement personnel running a torch from Walgreens to the Cody High School football field. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m.
Aquatics events will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Paul Stock Aquatics Center, with track and field events kicking off at the same time at Cody High School. Basketball follows at 1 p.m. in the CHS gymnasiums.
With limits on gathering sizes and physical distancing still recommended, there have been adjustments “to ensure the best experience possible for all involved,” event organizers say. “We will be following the physical distancing policies in place by facilities as well as the recommendations of our local health department and Special Olympics Inc.”
Designated areas will be assigned for athletes while they await their event. Spectators will also have pre-determined locations to watch and cheer for the athletes.
All competitions will follow the protocols established by the venues. They include physical distancing, mask wearing, sanitizing/hand washing. Only individual skills competitions will be offered, with no team play.
“Please join us for any events and cheer on Special Olympics Wyoming athletes and their teams from across the state,” organizers say.
On Saturday morning, Powell area law enforcement personnel will conduct a torch run of their own, starting with an 8:30 a.m. bike ride from Cody to Powell on U.S. Highway 14-A. At 10:30 a.m., they’ll regroup at Coulter Avenue’s intersection with Mountain View Street and proceed to Plaza Diane on North Bent Street, followed by a barbecue.
Special Olympics Wyoming can always use more volunteers to help keep score, assist with skills stations and award medals. To volunteer, call 307-235-3062 or register online at www.sowy.org.