Special Olympics soccer skills competitions to be held statewide


More than 1,000 Special Olympics Delaware athletes and Unified partners (peers without a disability) will compete in soccer events across the state during the month of May.
At the competitions, athletes either participate individually or with a Unified partner in skills competitions, or on Unified teams in 5-v.-5 round-robin tournaments. More than 60 teams from all levels are expected to play in the tournaments.
Events are set to take place from 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 3 (UD), May 9 (Sussex Technical High School), May 17 (Polytech High School) and May 24 (St. Andrew’s School).
“Our athletes enjoy striving to improve their skills in a variety of sports, and soccer is no different,” said Jon Buzby, spokesperson for Special Olympics Delaware. “It’s a sport that they not only can compete in through Special Olympics, but because of its popularity in communities around the state, it’s one they are often asked to play just for fun with their friends. Having success in Special Olympics gives them the confidence to do so.”
High school students and representatives of companies and other organizations will volunteer at the events.