The 2015 Special Olympics  - Aroostook County edition will kick off this Friday, May 15th, at the Johnson Athletic Complex at Presque Isle Middle School. Get out there and cheer on your favorite local athlete!

Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. and the public is invited to attend!

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More than 250 athletes from Houlton to Fort Kent are expected to participate in this year’s event, which will include competitions in the standing long jump, 100-meter run, softball throw and relay races.

Every year, scores of coaches, parents, aides, school officials and athletes gather at the athletic complex for a day of competition, achievement and valiant efforts.

Winners at the Aroostook Spring Games are eligible to compete at the Special Olympics Maine Summer Games, which will be held June 5 to 7 at the University of Maine in Orono. Top finishers there go on to compete at the national Special Olympics.

The mission of Special Olympics Maine and Special Olympics Aroostook County is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

For more information about the Spring Games in Presque Isle or to become a volunteer for the Special Olympics Aroostook County Area Management Team, please contact Michele Blackstone at micheleblackstone@yahoo.com.