AUBURN, Ala. — A delegation of Special Olympics athletes representing Lee County will depart from the Auburn Wal-Mart parking lot at 10:30 a.m. today for the 2008 State of Alabama Special Olympics Summer Games, hosted by Troy University and the city of Troy.
The games will be held on the campus of Troy University beginning Friday through Sunday. Lee County's delegation consists of eight bowlers, three golfers, four gymnasts, 38 track & field participants, eight coaches, and 15 chaperones. Athletes range in age from 8 - 65 years old.
The theme for the 2008 State Games is "Troy is FANtastic, Be a Fan." The university will welcome over 1,500 athletes representing counties from across the state.
During the competition, athletes will stay in the dorms on campus. Athletes, coaches and volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in the Olympic Village, which will feature arts and crafts, carnival games, autographs with Troy University sports figures, and much more.
Opening Ceremonies for the games begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 16 at the Movie Gallery Football Stadium and include the reciting of the Special Olympics oath, lighting of the Special Olympics torch, and the parade of athletes.