Between 1,200 and 1,400 athletes, family members, coaches, administrative staff, national games coaches and volunteers will be visiting campus for the tournament, now in its 37th year at UW Oshkosh. Volunteers include many UW Oshkosh students.
Participants will arrive from throughout Wisconsin. Unified teams, school teams and individual athletes will participate throughout the course of the two-day event. Gruenhagen will be housing close to 600 people.
Events will be held in Albee Hall, Kolf Sports Center and Blackhawk Commons. The tournament is free and open to the public.
Competition begins with Team Basketball at 11 a.m. Saturday and runs until 6 p.m. at Kolf. Individual Skills events will be featured at Albee, and Gymnastics events will be staged in Gym C of Kolf. Opening Ceremonies for the tournament will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday inside Kolf.
Gruenhagen will also be hosting the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program. The program is designed to promote better health and fitness in athletes and enhance each athlete’s ability to train and compete in Special Olympics events. This marks the Healthy Athletes program’s 10th anniversary. Opportunities are available for all athletes and special needs individuals to benefit from dental, vision, hearing and fitness screenings. The program runs from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. on Saturday in Gruenhagen.
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