As we celebrate our Olympic athletes while they compete in the London 2012 Summer Olympics, let’s also take the time to celebrate our very own local Olympians – the athletes of the Special Olympics Delaware (SODE). For more than 40 years, SODE has been training athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete in over twenty sports. To date, SODE has helped over 3500 athletes show that, if given the chance, no disability is too great to overcome.
Know a special Athlete? Cheer him on, watch her race, celebrate their every victory as they cross the finish line. Here’s a complete list of upcoming SODE sporting events and competitions.
Want to do more? Highlighted below are several upcoming Special Olympics Delaware events and activities. Come out and support our local Delaware Special Olympians.
Thursday, August 9th – Take an Athlete Out to The Ball Game

Purchase tickets for the Wilmington Blue Rocks game on Thursday, August 9th, for only $9. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Delaware. Tickets can be purchased at any Delaware ShopRite store.

Saturday, August 18th – The annual Special Olympics Poker Run
It’s almost here! Saturday, August 18, will be the fourth annual Smyrna/Clayton Moose Riders Poker run to support Special Olympics of Delaware. For more information, contact Geoff at 302-753-4463.
Saturday, September 15thFamilies Day at the Beach
Calling all Athletes! Join other local Special Olympians of Delaware and their families Saturday, September 15th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for a day of fun at Cape Henlopen State Park. The event begins at the state park fishing pier.
Saturday’s main attraction will be the Hoss Cochran Memorial Fishing Tournament, where the athletes will “compete” for three awards – the first fish caught, the biggest fish, and the most fish caught. Don’t forget bragging rights for next year! Immediately following the fishing fun, will be a family barbecue for all to enjoy.
Read more about Families Day at the Beach and how to register for the fishing competition.

Monday, September 17th Summer Camp Golf Classic
Join other golfers at Hartefeld National Golf Club for a fun day of golf, and a chance to support SODE summer camps. Spend an afternoon with a Special Olympian – each golf foursome will have the opportunity to play several rounds with a SODE golfer. Get to know a local Olympian, and help send an athlete to camp.
Saturday, October 6th – Save the date for Truck Convoy’s 10th Anniversary Event
October 6th will the 10th anniversary run of the Special Olympics Truck Convoy, celebrating the trucking industry and it’s long-standing support of Special Olympics. Come out and watch Delaware truckers unite in support of Special Olympics Delaware. The convoy begins at 10:30 am at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. Want to join in this event? Here’s the 2012 Truck Convoy registration form.

Go to the Special Olympics Delaware SODE website to learn more about this organization.
For a complete listing of upcoming Special Olympics Delaware events, go to the SODE Events page.
All images and video from the Special Olympics Delaware website.

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