More Than the Games
The 2018 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games celebrate the athletic
accomplishments of children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the
region. Along with competitions on the fi eld and court, or in the pool, athletes and
families/fans have the opportunity to experience a number of events and activities
during the weekend.
The 2018 Summer Games offi cially begin with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, June
22, inside The Pavilion at ARC (Activities & Recreation Center). Athletes, coaches,
volunteers, partners, law enforcement and others will gather to kick off the games in
style, with a number of presentations and guest speakers, including “CHiPS” star and
longtime law enforcement advocate, Erik Estrada. County and area delegations enter
the arena via the Parade of Athletes and are later joined by law enforcement personnel
carrying the Flame of Hope, which has traveled throughout the state leading up to the
games. The Flame of Hope is delivered to light the cauldron, and let the games begin!
The Opening Ceremony is free and open to the public.
It’s not a Special Olympics games without dancing! Athletes will let loose and celebrate
their athletic achievements on Saturday night inside The Pavilion at ARC with the
athlete dance, featuring a DJ, photo booth and more. Alternative activities, including
arts and crafts and a movie, will also be available for those interested.
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