The Long Beach School District has been chosen to host the 2013 Special Olympics Spring Games South, which will take place on May 5 at Long Beach Middle School and the Long Beach High School pool.
The event is expected to draw more than 500 athletes, ages 8 and up, from all over Long Island. The games will consist of a full range of aquatics and track and field events.
Committees are now forming to help with athlete and volunteer recruitment, awards, food and fundraising, as well as the planning of the opening ceremony and Olympic Village activities. For more information, call the Long Beach Public Schools athletics office at 516-897-2069.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continued opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, fellow athletes and community.