In less than a week, athletes from around Southwestern Illinois will gather in Edwardsville for the annual Special Olympics Spring Games. It takes place Saturday, May 2 at Korte Stadium on the SIUE Campus. About 500 athletes are expected to compete in the track & field competition, the most popular of the 19 sports offered by Special Olympics Illinois.
Opening ceremonies begin at 9:15am. Special Olympics Illinois Regional Director Linda Wunder tells The Big Z these athletes love the sport, but also cherish the friends they have made over the years.
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Athletes who win a gold medal will move on to the State Summer Games to be held June 12-14 at ISU and Illinois Wesleyan University.