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Special Olympics Massachusetts to Host Annual Summer Games Presented by New Balance Foundation - June 19 - 21

June 12th 2009

Opening Ceremonies at Boston University with Competition at Harvard Athletic Complex

Boston, MA -

Special Olympics Massachusetts, a leader in providing healthy lifestyles through sports and healthcare-related programs year-round for individuals with intellectual disabilities, will host over 2,000 athletes and 1,200 volunteers at the 2009 Special Olympics Summer Games held at Harvard University's athletic complex. The New Balance Foundation awarded $100,000 to Special Olympics Massachusetts and is serving as Presenting Partner of the Summer Games.

Athletes begin their weekend on Friday, June 19 at 5:30pm with pre-Opening Ceremony entertainment on Boston University's softball field at 85 Ashford Street. They move to the BU Indoor Track and Tennis Center 100 Ashford Street at 7:30pm for the traditional Opening Ceremony featuring: the Parade of Athletes and the lighting of the cauldron by local law enforcement carrying the "Flame of Hope" and entertainment by "Recycled Percussion."

Sports for the weekend include athletics (track and field events), aquatics, power lifting, tennis, volleyball, gymnastics and roller-skating. A complete schedule including venue locations can be found at; http://www.specialolympicsma.org/summer.php.

Special Events Taking Place:

*On Sunday, June 21, 2009, from 10:00am – 1:00pm as part of the Summer Games, approximately 50 children from Brockton and Malden will participate in a variety of physical skill and development activities as part of the Young Athletes program. Young Athletes is a developmental motor activities training program for children two through seven years old. Participants have a chance to have fun mastering a variety of activities at skills stations, prepare for team sports, and develop self-esteem and confidence. Young Athletes in Massachusetts is sponsored by the Lynch Foundation and Bank New York Mellon.

*Law enforcement vehicles from across the state will convoy to Boston during the second annual "Cruiser Convoy" to benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts. The vehicles including countless police cruisers will converge at the Harvard University Athletic Fields at 11:30am on Saturday June 20. Officers will join over 2,000 Special Olympics athletes to award medals and offer support and end their day with a celebratory BBQ served up by Boston-area Fire Fighters.

Schedule of Events:

Friday 6/19:
5:30 pm Athletes gather on Softball Diamond and prepare for Opening Ceremonies, BU Softball Diamond, 85 Ashford St, Boston.
7:30 pm Opening Ceremonies, Indoor Track & Tennis Center, 100 Ashford St, Boston

Saturday, 6/20 and Sunday, 6/21:
8:00 am -3:00 pm Competition at Harvard Athletic Complex; 65 North Harvard Street, Cambridge

About Special Olympics Massachusetts

Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) provides year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programming for over 11,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities. SOMA offers over 126 year round sporting competitions. Through the power of sport, the movement transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. http://www.SpecialOlympicsMA.org.

About New Balance Foundation

The New Balance Foundation is a charitable Foundation established in 1981 and funded by New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. The Foundation's mission is to support effective charitable organizations which perform humanitarian services for the betterment of our children and our local community. For more information visit http://www.newbalancefoundation.org.

The Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer Season is presented by the New Balance Foundation.
Other Partners Include:

  1. - TD Banknorth

  2. - Bank of America

  3. - Raytheon IDS

  4. - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Contact:

David Greenwood
978.568.1374