Special Olympics athletes to compete at Southern Time Trials in Weston, May 21

Special Olympics Connecticut will hold its 2016 Southern Time Trials, presented by GE, at Weston High School and Middle School, 115 School Road, Weston, on Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies will take place at 8 a.m. This annual event will give athletes of all abilities from the region opportunities to compete in track & field, aquatics and tennis, after much training and preparation.

Events are open to the public and there is no cost to attend. All are encouraged to come out and cheer on the athletes who will be competing.

For more information, visit soct.org, email specialolympicsct@soct.orgor call 203-230-1201.

And, follow Special Olympics Connecticut on Facebook facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsCT and Twitter twitter.com/SOCTconnecticut.

Over a thousand athletes and Unified Sports® partners, representing 33 teams, are expected to participate. An additional 200+ coaches and 600+ volunteers are expected to support the event. In addition to competition, athletes will have the opportunity to visit Olympic Town - an area offering entertainment, educational and interactive activities - and the Healthy Athletes display, where they can learn about the benefits of physical activity during the downtime between their events.

The Southern Time Trials is the qualifying event for the Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games state competition, coming up the weekend of June 10-12 at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven and Hamden Hall Athletic Fields in Hamden.

In addition to GE, sponsors of the Southern Time Trials include Praxair – Platinum Sponsor, NBC Sports – Gold Sponsor, and the Frederick A. Deluca Foundation, Synchrony and Xerox – Bronze Sponsors. Also, Jones Lang LaSalle, N.Y.A.C. Athletes Fund, Inc., Purdue Pharma, TD Bank, Weston PBA, Emera Energy and the Milford Bank Foundation, all Supporting Sponsors.

About Special Olympics Connecticut

Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for close to 13,000 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 promoting good health and fitness and inspiring inclusion and respect for all people, on and off the playing field. (soct.org)

Partner Sponsors: Adams Hometown Markets/IGA Hometown Supermarkets, Dream Ride, ESPN, Eversource Energy, Law Enforcement Torch Run, NBC Connecticut, TD Bank, United Technologies and WWE.

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