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Athletes Bring Olympic Spirit to Western Massachusetts at

August Tournament-August 10-11


Amherst Area to Host Special Olympics Massachusetts Competitions for
30th Annual Event
Marlborough, MA Nearly 1,200 athletes and coaches converge in and around Amherst in
August for Special Olympics Massachusetts annual August Tournament. The event draws
athletes, coaches and partners from across the state to the Pioneer Valley region of
Massachusetts, with over 800 athletes and unified partners taking part in the competition,
featuring bocce, cycling, fishing, golf and softball. All sports offered at August Tournament
feature unified sports and the majority of the teams participating are unified.
The August Tournament is an overnight event with competitions beginning Saturday morning
and continuing into Sunday afternoon. Following Saturdays competitions, athletes will enjoy
dinner together then experience the lighting of the Games cauldron and a Law Enforcement
Torch Run. A complete list of the weekends event may be found at:
http://www.specialolympicsma.org/events/sporting-events/spring-summer-season/august-tournament/.

A brief competition schedule for the weekend is as follows:


Saturday, August 10 - Awards distributed at the conclusion of division play
8:30 am: Softball Coaches Meeting
Boats Launch at Quabbin

5:00 pm: Dinner Served- Berkshire Dinning Hall


7:00 pm: Dance & Movie start

9:00 am: Softball first pitch

8:00 pm: Dinner ends

10:00 am: Cycling & Bocce start

8:00 pm: Torch Lighting Ceremony

Olympic Town opens


12:30 am: First group of golfers tee off

9:00 pm Dance & Movie end


*Timeline is subject to change

3:00 pm: Dorms Open

Sunday, August 11 - Awards distributed at the conclusion of division play


6:00am: Breakfast opens

10:00 am: Olympic Town resumes

8:00 am: Golf at Westover resumes

11:30am: Lunch served

8:30 am: Boats launch at Quabbin

4:00 pm: Competition ending

9:00 am: Softball, Bocce, Cycling resume

*Timeline is subject to change

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Special Events
Olympic Town
There will be an Olympic Town at Blunt Park, Cycling Fishing (Saturday Only) and Nonotuck Park.
Vendors, games and much more to be announced.
Special thanks to the Ashland Lion's Club for organizing and running all the Olympic Towns.
Dance
SOMA Hawaiian Luau.
Movie
50 First Dates

Special Olympics Massachusetts is proud to have founded the Unified Sports program in 1984.
Although the initiative began locally, today it is featured in over 120 countries globally. The
organization strives to provide an atmosphere which promotes inclusion, equality and healthy
lifestyles through sports and healthcare-related programs for individuals with intellectual
disabilities.
About Special Olympics Massachusetts
Special Olympics Massachusetts provides year-round sports training, athletic competition, and other
health-related programming for 12,168 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics
Athletes are given continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience
joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics
Athletes and the community. More information is available at www.specialolympicsma.org.

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