Special Olympics runs 3 days

Special Olympics Connecticut will hold its annual Summer Game June 9-11.

Events will be held at Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent St., New Haven, and Hamden Hall Country Day School Skiff Street Athletic Complex, 225 Skiff St., Hamden.

More than 2,400 athletes and Unified Sports teammates are expected to compete in cycling, soccer, swimming, tennis and track & field events. Opening ceremonies will be at 7:15 p.m. June 9 at the Jess Dow Field, SCSU, and will include a parade of athletes, the final leg of the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut, music and special guests.

The public can attend for free. For more information, visit www.soct.org, email specialolympicsct@soct.org, or call 203-230-1201. And, follow Special Olympics Connecticut on facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsCT, twitter.com/SOCTconnecticut and Instagram (specialolympicsct) #SOCTGames.

During the weekend, a Healthy Athletes Village will be set up at SCSU to offer the athletes free health screenings that check eyes, ears, teeth, and feet through the Special Olympics’ Healthy Athletes year-round program. Volunteer medical practitioners will also provide information and items, such as free prescription eyeglasses, toothbrushes and mouth guards. Olympic Town, where all can take in educational, cultural, interactive and creative activities, entertainment and an Avenue of Resources is included over the weekend.

The event for athletes from around the state who have trained for at least eight weeks in their sport and have participated in time trials and qualifying events in May. Along with the athletes competing, more than 500 coaches and 2,000 volunteers are expected to participate and support the event.