2014 State Summer Games
More than 2,500 athletes from across Ohio were a part of Special Olympics Ohio's largest athletic event of the year: the State Summer Games. The Games were held June 27 - 29 in Columbus and featured competition in 11 sports: Aquatics, Athletics (track and field), Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Roller Skating, Soccer, Tennis, and Volleyball.
The athletes and coaches had a busy weekend on the campus of The Ohio State University where they were housed in dorms and where most of the competitions took place. Bowling competition was again held at Sawmill Lanes and Roller Skating competition was at United Skates of America on the east side of Columbus. All other events were held on the campus of The Ohio State University.
The State Summer Games officially kicked off Friday June 27 at the inspiring Opening Ceremonies in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The ceremony featured a Parade of Athletes with representative athletes and coaches from throughout Ohio, along with the dramatic entrance of the Law Enforcement Torch Run into the stadium and the lighting of the “Flame of Hope.” Law Enforcement Torch Run officers handed off the torch to the athletes, who in turn ignited the Flame of Hope. The lighting of the flame officially signified the opening of the Games.
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