Special Olympics New Hampshire will celebrate the golden anniversary of the State Summer Games Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. This yearly sports competition has long been a centerpiece of Special Olympics events in the Granite State, but even more so this year as SONH pays special tribute to the games and ceremonies on their 50th anniversary in New Hampshire.

The State Summer Games will be the official kick-off of Special Olympics celebration of 50 years of providing quality sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities in New Hampshire. More than 1,200 volunteers are needed to make the Games a success.  Volunteers help in all aspects of the event including timing races, serving food, taking photos of the events and assisting with various other logistics. Special Olympics is still looking for volunteers to help from Wednesday, June 5th to Sunday, June 9th. Volunteers can find more information on our Volunteer page, or by calling Brandon Metevier at 603-624-1250 Ext. 43. Brandon may also be reached via email at BrandonM@sonh.org.

The Special Olympics New Hampshire 50th State Summer Games Opening Ceremony will be Friday night June 7th at 7:15 PM at Wildcat Stadium on the campus of UNH in Durham. The evening will feature the arrival of the Flame of Hope concluding this year’s Law Enforcement Torch Run as well as a law enforcement motorcycle parade, track and field sporting events and fireworks.

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run
Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics (LETR) is a volunteer movement that was established by members of the law enforcement community to support Special Olympics.  The mission of LETR is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement.

About Special Olympics New Hampshire
Special Olympics New Hampshire (SONH) is an accredited program of Special Olympics International (SOI) and is part of an international global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world.  We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Learn more at www.sonh.org.