Opening ceremonies for the annual Special Olympics – Nebraska Summer Games are set to start Wednesday night. Special Olympics CEO Carolyn Chamberlin says there are seven categories in this year’s competition that include volleyball, tennis, roller skating, aquatics, power lifting, gymnastics and track. She says athletes from across the state will travel to Omaha for the annual event. Athletes range in age from 8 years to 80 and all of them are going for the gold.
Chamberlin says sometimes people misunderstand the games and think the athletes are competing just for fun. She says it can get very hard core but it is also very inspiring. Each athlete is also competing for a spot in the national or world games. Chamberlin says we do have a floor hockey team going to South Korea to compete.
Opening ceremonies will be held at T-D Ameritrade Ballpark, downtown Omaha Wednesday night. Chamberlin says participants range in age from 8 to 80 and events wil be held ad different locations throughout the city through Saturday.