This weekend over 900 athletes, 305 coaches, and 1,200 volunteers will participate in the 2013 Special Olympics Connecticut Winter Games.
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The schedule of events (submitted release) is as follows:
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Location: Connecticut Light & Power, 34 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury (Rte. 10/202)
- Parade of Athletes – 9:30 a.m.; Opening Ceremonies - 10 a.m. (Saturday)
- Competition – 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Saturday); 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sunday)
- Awards – 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Saturday); 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sunday)
Figure Skating and Speed Skating
Location: International Skating Center of Connecticut, 1375 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury
- Opening Ceremonies – 10 a.m. (Saturday)
- Competition for Figure Skating – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Saturday); 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Sunday)
- Awards for Figure Skating – 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Sunday)
- Competition for Speed Skating – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday); 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sunday)
- Awards for Speed Skating – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Sunday)
Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding
Location: Ski Sundown, 126 Ratlum Road, New Hartford
- Opening Ceremonies – 9:30 a.m.
- Competition – 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Saturday); 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sunday)
- Awards – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday); 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sunday)
Unified and Traditional Floor Hockey
Location: Pratt & Whitney Hangar, East Hartford
Located off Silver Lane and can be accessed through Cabella’s parking lot
- Opening Ceremonies – 9 a.m. (Saturday)
- Competition – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday); 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Sunday)
- Awards – 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Sunday)
Why: All are encouraged to come out for the Games to witness great sportsmanship and triumphant achievements in the season’s most popular sports, displayed by athletes of all abilities. For more information, go to www.soct.org and click on “Winter Games”, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-889-6002.
In addition to Northeast Utilities Companies, Winter Games sponsors include Pratt & Whitney and Otis, A United Technologies Company – Bronze Sponsors; and Ensign-Bickford Foundation, Inc. and Olsen Construction – Supporting Sponsors. Media Sponsors include NBC Connecticut and Clear Channel Community Access Radio.
Special Olympics Connecticut – Celebrating 45 Years
Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for close to 15,000 athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities and Unified Sports® partners - their teammates without disabilities.
Through the joy of sport, the Special Olympics movement transforms lives and communities throughout the state and in 170 countries around the world by inspiring inclusion and respect for all people, on and off the playing field. (www.soct.org)
Partner Sponsors: Adams Hometown Markets/IGA Hometown Supermarkets, Connecticut Light & Power/Yankee Gas/Western Massachusetts Electric (Northeast Utilities Companies), Law Enforcement Torch Run, NBC Connecticut, TD Bank, and United Technologies.
Year-Round Suppliers: Adams Hometown Markets/IGA Hometown Supermarkets, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New England, Crystal Rock Water and Coffee Company, Graebel Van Lines, Guida’s Milk and Ice Cream, Marcus Communications, State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Community Service and Worx Branding & Advertising.