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Cape Girardeau Gears Up For Special Olympics Fall Games

The opening ceremony for the Special Olympics will be held tonight at the Show Me Center.

For the fourth and final year Cape Girardeau is hosting the Special Olympics Fall games for thousands of great athletes. The Opening Ceremony is tonight at 7 p.m. in the Show Me Center. 

Parents, coaches and athletes are from all over Missouri and are coming to show off their athleticism for this event. Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Chuck Martin says more than 1,000 athletes will be in attendance. 

Five different events will be held over the weekend which includes Tennis, Golf, and Bocce.

“I do believe Special Olympics had a great experience here in Cape and so definitely we will be doing everything within our power to bring some other activity from Missouri Special Olympics into Cape Girardeau,” Martin said.

Martin said that the Special Olympic Fall games bring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the community.

Organizer Penny Williams says the Special Olympics gives the athletes a chance to have new experiences.  

“Everybody deserves an opportunity to train and to compete and to travel with their friends to new communities, to eat out at restaurants and stay in hotels," Williams said. "Often times our athletes don't have that opportunity but because of Special Olympics and because of the generosity of our sponsors our athletes get that opportunity.”

Special Olympics is looking for more volunteers and more infromation is avaiable at www.somo.org/SE.

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