Special Olympics summer games in the Pioneer Valley

EASTHAMPTON, Mass (WWLP) — More than 750 athletes visited the Pioneer Valley this weekend to compete in the Special Olympics.

special olympicssunAthletes from across the state, with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities, were part of the 32nd annual Special Olympics Summer Games of Massachusetts.

This year’s sports included softball, bocce, golf, cycling and fishing. Each sporting event was held in separate parts of the Pioneer Valley.

The Special Olympics Massachusetts provides year-round sports training, athletic programming, and other competitions. This is a very special organization to thousands of participants across the country.

Each year, more than 11,000 athletes take advantage of the program in Massachusetts, which offers 95 year-round sporting competitions for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

The games began early Saturday morning, and wrapped up around 1:30 Sunday afternoon. The weekend also includes group lunches, dinners, and even a Special Olympics dance.

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