Flowery Branch — Falcons running back Jason Snelling will be the Grand Marshal and lead the parade of athletes at the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Georgia State Summer Games at 8 p.m. Friday at Emory’s McDonough Field.
WSB-TV retired sports anchor Bill Hartman will emcee the ceremony.
The State Summer Games will take place Friday through Sunday and will have about 2,600 athletes and coaches from all over Georgia competing. Athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, soccer, soccer skills, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, tennis and gymnastics.
On Friday, before the games begin, a law enforcement torch run press conference will be held at 9 a.m. on the State Capitol steps. Gov. Sonny Perdue will attend and thank the law enforcement torch run officers.
This press conference comes after officers have passed the “Flame of Hope” torch across the state over the last few weeks, which will stop at the Summer Games opening ceremonies at Emory.
Competitions will be Saturday and Sunday, with medals being awarded throughout the weekend. Events will be held at the Woodruff P.E. Center and Candler Soccer Field on Emory’s campus.
For more information about the games and a map of Emory, visit www.specialolympicsga.org.
SOGA provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for nearly 22,797 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community. For more information, visit www.specialolympicsga.org
Also out in the community, Falcons defensive end Jamaal Anderson, safety Matt Giordano, offensive tackle Will Svitek and Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders visited military veterans at VA Medical Center in Decatur on Thursday. The players and cheerleaders signed autographs, took pictures and showed the veterans appreciation for their military service to our country.