Summer Games 2017: Twice As Good for the Soul with TSoul

It’s time to download your favorite TSoul track and get ready to sing along at this year’s Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games, June 9-10 in Richmond! From a special performance by Virginia’s own TSoul to two races that will have you on the edge of your seat, this year’s event offers a multitude of opportunities for you to cheer your heart out-side for athletes of all abilities!

Official Opening Ceremony Preview:

  • Hot off the stage of NBC’s The Voice, we’re excited to welcome TSoul to this year’s Games!
  • Law enforcement officers from around Virginia, who carried the Flame of Hope more than 1900 miles across the Commonwealth this week, will light the Olympic Cauldron.
  • We will put our hands together for Olympic Medalist Kellie Wells Brinkley, who will share her inspirational story.
  • Local band Broken Monday also will rock out during the Ceremony, and put on a mini concert for athletes and fans afterward.

Fans are encouraged to sign up to cheer online at Cheering is fun, flexible and family-friendly. In addition to Friday’s Opening Ceremony, which starts at 7:45 pm outside at Robins Stadium, fans can join us Saturday for track & field action (also at Robins Stadium), plus they can enjoy free ice cream sandwiches from Southland Dairy Farmers, free popcorn and snow cones from Enterprise, Olympic Town crafts, a gaming trailer, Mad Science, face painting and more!

Saturday’s track & field activities also include a race for the record books! At noon, our top athletes in the men’s 100m (13 seconds or better) will sprint to the finish not only for the gold, but also a spot at next year’s Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. Additionally, across town at Collegiate School Aquatics Center our top athletes will battle it out at 11:30 am in a 100yd freestyle women’s race that also will result in a slot at the 2018 USA Games.

Can’t make it? You can still get in on the action thanks to the University of Richmond, who’ll be live streaming several of this year’s events. Tune in to Friday, June 9 from 7:45 to 9 pm to watch the Opening Ceremony; Saturday, June 10, we’ll broadcast track & field competitions from 9 am to 3 pm.

About Special Olympics Summer Games

Summer Games, presented by Hardee’s, Sheetz, the University of Richmond, NBC Channel 12, Virginia Knights of Columbus, Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Virginia, K95, 103.7 Play, 96.5 Classic Rock, Star 100.9 and Hot 106.1, is the largest state-level competition offered by Special Olympics Virginia. Festivities begin at 9:30 am Friday, June 9, with the Law Enforcement Torch Run Capitol Leg Ceremony at the Public Safety Memorial on Capitol Grounds. Officers then will carry the Flame of Hope into the Opening Ceremony, which begins at 7:45 pm in Robins Stadium.

Summer Games competitions will be held at various locations around the city Saturday, June 10, beginning at 8 am:

  • Track & field & wheelchair athletics begin at 8 am at the University of Richmond Robins Stadium. At 8 am, we will start the 100m men’s high-performance semi-finals; the 100m men’s high-performance finals take place at noon. The winner of this race will advance to the USA Games in Seattle in 2018.
  • Softball commences at 9 am at the Glen Allen Softball Complex, 2175 Mountain Road.
  • Softball skills, bocce and tennis start at 9 am at the University of Richmond (Upper/Lower Practice Fields & Richmond and Westhampton Tennis Courts).
  • Swimming begins at 9 am at Collegiate School Aquatics Center, 5050 Ridgedale Parkway. At approximately 11:30 am, we will start the 100yd freestyle women’s high-performance race; the winner will advance to the USA Games in Seattle in 2018.
  • Bowlers hit the lanes at 9:15 am at Bowl America Short Pump, 4400 Pouncey Tract Road.
  • A Young Athletes “Fun Run” will take place at 9:30 am on the track at the University of Richmond; the 25M run is aimed at introducing athletes age 2-12 to Special Olympics. Young Athletes also will participate in a softball throw and standing long jump.
  • Healthy Athletes begins at 10 am in the University of Richmond Robins Center.

Athletes then will gather at 7 pm Saturday outside the Robins Center for a celebratory Victory Dance.