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'Be a fan': Special Olympics Georgia State Summer Games this weekend
'Be a fan': Special Olympics Georgia State Summer Games this weekend

EMORY, Ga. -- Special Olympics of Georgia (SOGA) will host its annual State Summer Games for more than 2,000 athletes and coaches this weekend at Emory University.

Athletes will compete in aquatic events, flag football, soccer, badminton, volleyball, tennis, gymnastics and more, with medals awarded throughout the events.

"It is great to see the athletes have the perfect opportunity to shine at Summer Games," said SOGA CEO Georgia Milton-Sheats. "The athletes have worked very hard leading up to this weekend and will be so excited."

A Law Enforcement Torch Run press conference will be held at the State Capitol at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 20. Officials from all over the state have teamed up with SOGA in a 1,000-mile torch relay leading up to the State Summer Games.

The "Flame of Hope" will light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony to signify the start of the games. The Opening Ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Emory's McDonough Field.

The games are free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the Peavine parking deck.