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Spring Games set for Saturday

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 3:18 p.m. CDT

Spring Valley — Special Olympics Starved Rock Area will hold its 37th Area Spring Games at the Hall High School athletic field in Spring Valley on Saturday.

More than 280 athletes from Bureau, Grundy, Henry, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam and Stark counties are expected to compete. More than 200 local volunteers will assist with the event.

The event will begin with an Opening Ceremonies at 9 a.m. All agencies will be recognized during the Parade of Athletes. The culmination of the Opening Ceremonies will be the lighting of the Flame of Hope by Holly Lopez from Earlville Schools. Competition will begin at 9:45 a.m. and conclude by 2 p.m. Athletes will participate in a variety of competitive events that include running, softball/tennis ball throw, shot put, wheelchair races, relays, walk races and running/standing long jump, high jump, and pentathlon. The public is invited to attend. There is no entry fee.

Individuals and businesses from the community are encouraged to drop off unwanted cell phones and used ink cartridges during the Spring Games to help raise funds for the local Special Olympics program. A collection box will be available near the Family table.

Special Olympics Starved Rock Area is a not‑for‑profit organization and provides sports competition and training opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities ages 8 years and older. For more information call 815-220-8128.

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