Fantastic weather, touching moments highlight 2022 W. Va. Special Olympics Summer Games

PHOTO BY ALISA LIVELY

CHARLESTON — The SOWV (Special Olympics West Virginia) helped their 2022 Summer Games, a 1-day event on this past Sunday, May 22, 2022, in Charleston at Laidley Field. Participating athletes competed in various track and field events, as well as bocce, baggo and softball.  

Athletes and spectators alike enjoyed a mostly fantastic day of weather, as a bit of rain could not damper the spirit of this event. After a short downpour early in the day, track and field conditions held up allowing the races, games and smiles to commence! 

The event is made possible due to the combined efforts of athletes, coaches, volunteers, sponsors, as well as the host (City of Charleston Parks & Recreation) to the Charleston, W. Va. Parks and Recreation, the crew at Laidley Field, and the men and women of the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority, who dedicated their time and efforts to make the day possible. Special Olympic sponsors: Sheetz, Papa John’s Pizza, First Energy, West Virginia Toyota Dealers, Knights of Columbus, Encova Insurance Foundation of W. Va., Antero Resources, West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia National Guard, and Retina Consultants PLLC all played a large role in bringing making the day’s event a reality.  

Following a strong day of competition, the athletes of SOWV have a new goal to focus on as in the coming weeks, Team W. Va. will arrive in Orlando, Florida for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Summer Games! The SOWV delegation for the Special Olympics USA Summer Games will be comprised of 23 athletes, 6 coaches who will shine as one alongside delegations representing all fifty states and numerous countries. 

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