ORONO – The 47th annual Special Olympics Maine State Summer Games, along with the accompanying Law Enforcement Torch Run, are being held this week. More than 1,500 athletes ages 8-88 have been getting ready for this exciting event. They will represent approximately 125 teams from Kittery to Presque Isle and will compete in a variety of Olympic Style sports at the University of Maine from June 5-7.

The week prior to the games, June 2nd Through June 5th nearly 600 members of Maine law enforcement agencies will be carrying the Olympic Torch across the entire state. These members of law enforcement will be trying to raise funds for and an awareness of Special Olympics Maine. The run ends with a final legal entering the UMaine campus late this Friday afternoon, around 4:30 p.m., with a picnic, parade and opening ceremonies to follow. Competition will actually begin on Thursday, June 4 at 9 a.m. with Bowling and Unified Bowling.

Special Olympics is a year-round athletic training and competition program for adults and children with intellectual disabilities of all ages. In Maine there are more than 40,00 athletes who participate in the program. For more information on the Summer Games or Special Olympics please call Lisa Bird at 879-0489 or 839-5578 or email lisab@somaine.org.

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