(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) For the first time in almost 20 years, St. Joseph will host the Missouri Special Olympics Indoor Games. Starting Friday morning special olympic athletes from across the state will compete in basketball and bowling tournaments througout St. Joseph.
Olympic officials estimate over 3,000 athletes, coaches and unified partners will travel to St.Joseph for the indoor games March 16-17.
The competition will spread across several high schools and athletic facilities including Lafayette High School, Central High School, Bishop Leblond High School, Benton High School, The Belt Bowl, SouthSide Family Fun Center, St.Joseph REC Center and Civic Arena.
Special Olympics Public Relations and Volunteer Coordinator Harrison McLean said the games offer athletes the opportunity to compete with their peers in a fun and inclusive environment.
“We really pride ourselves in having this very welcoming and including atmosphere that I know our athletes definitely appreciate and their families definitely appreciate. It’s not just something for them to hangout and play sports for a day, its really a year long commitment and a lot of our athletes do participate year round,” McLean said.
The indoor olympic games will kick off Friday morning at 8am at the Belt Bowl and SouthSide Family Fun Center. Admission is free and open to the public.
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