Approximately 520 Special Olympics athletes are expected to compete in track and field events Saturday in Edwardsville.
Families, volunteers and spectators will be cheering on men, women, boys and girls as they compete in the largest area event of the year for Special Olympics Illinois Southwestern Area 12. That area comprises Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Fayette, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, St. Clair and Washington counties.
The annual Spring Games will be from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Southern Illinois University's Korte Stadium in Edwardsville.
The public is invited to watch the competition and experience the joy of achievement by Special Olympics athletes. The event begins at 9:15 a.m. with opening ceremonies. Competition follows immediately and will conclude around 2 p.m.
To compete in the Special Olympics Illinois Area Spring Games, athletes must train for eight weeks.
Athletes who win a gold medal at these area games qualify to compete in the Special Olympics Illinois State Summer Games to be held June 13-15 on the campuses of Illinois State University in Normal and Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.