The Norman Transcript


December 28, 2013

Special Olympics date set



· Basketball, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Oklahoma Huston Huffman Center, 1401 Asp Ave.

· Young Athletes — Stars of the Future, 9 to 11 a.m. at the University of Oklahoma Huston Huffman Center Dance Studio, 1401 Asp Ave.

· Basketball Skills, 2 to 4 p.m. at the University of Oklahoma Huston Huffman Center, 1401 Asp Ave.

· Team Bowling, 1 to 4 p.m. at AMF Windsor, 4600 NW 23rd St., Oklahoma City; AMF Yukon, 500 E. Main St., Yukon; and Heritage Bowling Lanes, 11917 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City.

Ham said the Special Olympics faculty was grateful to all the locations that offered space for the Winter Games.

“We couldn’t do it with so many athletes if it weren’t for the University of Oklahoma that shuts down the Huffman Center to students during the Special Olympics,” Ham said. “We just couldn’t do it without the generous Norman and surrounding communities.”

The opening ceremonies will feature refreshments and a dance as well as Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2014 winner Brooklynne Bond and Miss Oklahoma USA 2014 winner Brooklynne Young, who will sign autographs, and a law enforcement torch run. The Staci Shipman Youth Volunteer award winner also will be announced during the ceremony. Ham said the ceremony will have the feel of pomp and circumstance and be fun.

The Young Athletes — Stars of the Future event is for children ages 3 to 7 who are too young to compete in the Special Olympics. Children who attend the event can play games similar to the real competition.

“It can introduce parents to the opportunities of Special Olympics, and it also lets siblings get involved, as they can go around with their brother or sister as they play games,” Ham said.

Families with children ages 3 to 7 can call the Special Olympics Oklahoma office starting Jan. 2 and ask for Beth White to get more information and register.

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