FLORENCE S.C. – Francis Marion University will host the Region 1 Special Olympics Spring Games on Tuesday, March 27. The event will begin at 10 a.m. on the FMU track, behind the softball and baseball fields.
“Our athletes enjoy competing in the Special Olympics because it allows them to showcase their abilities and meet new and old friends,” said Sue Maner, vice president of programs and public relations for the Special Olympics of South Carolina.
More than 350 Special Olympians from the Pee Dee area, ranging in age from eight to 68, are expected to attend and participate. A total of 700 people are expected to attend the event, including the athletes, local volunteers and spectators. Volunteers include South Florence High School students and members of the Florence Civitans.
Athletes train and submit preliminary times for their respective events, and they are placed into divisions with athletes who have similar times. This ensures that athletes are given a fair chance to win.
All members of the FMU community are welcome to come out and cheer on the athletes as they compete in the Special Olympics.
For more information, call Maner at 803-237-4231.