Fall Games – Dec. 11-12
Games mark the end of training and competition for 2010
Kim Pine, firstname.lastname@example.org, 562.221.3787 (cell)
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 6, 2010 – Special Olympics Southern California will host one of its largest and most anticipated competitions of the year on Dec. 11 and 12 in Fountain Valley – the 2010 Fall Games. The games feature five sports as athletes from throughout Southern California compete for gold, silver and bronze medals, while families, friends, and volunteers cheer them on. Angels Pitcher Jered Weaver and Olympic Softball Gold Medalist Amanda Freed are among the sports celebrities that will hand out medals on Dec. 12. Freed will also participate in the Opening Ceremony on Dec. 11, to officially open the games. Opening Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and the Closing Ceremony will be held Sunday at 2 p.m., both at the Fountain Valley Sports Park.
“The Fall Games is our second championship of the year and culminates six months of training in bowling, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball,” said Bill Shumard, President and CEO of Special Olympics Southern California. “We also have two athletes competing in tennis at Fall Games who will also represent Southern California at the Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece in June.” Tennis players Robin Linke of Antelope Valley and Jeffrey Scott of Orange County are two of eight athletes representing the Southern California Chapter at World Games in Greece.
Approximately 800 Special Olympics athletes will compete at various locations in Fountain Valley from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 12:
- Soccer, softball and tennis: Fountain Valley Sports Park, 16400 Brookhurst St.
- Bowling: Fountain Bowl, 17110 Brookhurst St.
- Volleyball: Los Caballeros Sports Club, 17272 Newhope St.
“We appreciate all of the volunteers and fans who are coming out to our Fall Games, especially since it is such a busy time of year,” Shumard said. “There is no better gift that someone can give themselves during the holidays than to see the smiles on our athletes’ faces and the pride they take in their accomplishments. We invite everyone to join us and share in the year-round joy that is Special Olympics.”
Fountain Valley Sports Park will also serve as a drop-off location during Fall Games for the Spark of Love Toy Drive. Bring new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment, which will be distributed to underserved children.
For more information about Fall Games or to volunteer, visit www.sosc.org/fallgames.
About Special Olympics Southern California
Special Olympics Southern California has been changing lives through the power of sport for more than 40 years and offers opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in year-round sports training and competition. Special Olympics Southern California appreciates the support of its year-round Mission Partners: KTLA, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Summit Entertainment, Toyota, and The Vons Foundation. For more information about how to compete, coach or contribute, visit www.sosc.org.