The Special Olympics Massachusetts Winter Games (SOMA) will return to Worcester for the fourth consecutive year with a new host for the opening ceremonies – the Worcester Sharks. The team’s partnership with the games only strengthens their commitment to the greater Worcester area.
“The Worcester Sharks Organization is committed to being a long-standing partner within the Worcester community,” said Sharks President and CEO Michael T. Lehr. “Since the Sharks moved to Worcester, we have vowed to do that; this is just another example. We are thrilled to be able to partner with such a reputable organization as the Special Olympics and we are excited to see the Athletes and their families flood the DCU Center for Opening Ceremonies.”
Since 1968, the Special Olympics have promoted understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities through year-round sports training and athletic competition. In Massachusetts, 9,300 athletes participate in the Special Olympics.
“We’re glad to be back in Worcester and we’re so thrilled to have the Sharks as a partner and supporter of our Winter Games,” said SOMA President and CEO Robert Johnson “Opening Ceremonies this year will be quite an event. Our Athletes are really looking forward to kicking off the games at the DCU Center.”
The Winter Games will open at the DCU Center on March 2, and will run through March 4. Directly following the Ceremonies, in which more than 5,000 athletes, coaches, volunteers, families and supporters are expected to attend. a game between the Sharks and the Providence Bruins will take place.
The Games will take place in several different locations across Worcester and its surrounding towns including: Wachusett Mountain, Assumption and Holy Cross Colleges, Auburn AMF Lanes, Buffone Arena, Burncoat High School, Clark University, Forest Grove Middle School and Notre Dame Academy.
Admission to all Special Olympics competition events is free and open to the public.
For more information, please call the Sharks offices at 508.929.0500.