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Special Olympics games come to Charleston WV June 6-8

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For the 2014 Special Olympics West Virginia Summer Games, over 800 Special Olympics athletes from 30 West Virginia counties will gather in Charleston.

On June 6-8, the athletes will compete in track and field, swimming, golf, tennis, baggo, bocce and softball. To help run sporting events, registration tables, food services, Olympic Village and other roles, about 500-600 volunteers are needed, wiwith volunteersaving the option of giving as much or as little time as their schedule allows.

Information about how to join the games can be found at the Special Olympics West Virginia website atwww.sowv.org, or by contacting Kellie Aikman at (304) 345-9310.

“We are always touched that so many from Charleston and the surrounding areas who devote their time, energy and resources to ensure that our Special Olympics athletes have a great overall experience,” said John Corbett, CEO of Special Olympics West Virginia. “It is our hope that individuals will once again volunteer as we cannot pull off Summer Games without them.”

SOWV provides a year-round sports training and athletic competition program for thousands of children and adults throughout the state with intellectual disabilities.