More than 150 athletes, coaches and Unified Partners will compete in the Special Olympics Illinois State Tennis Tournament on Saturday and Sunday at Evergreen Racquet Club in Bloomington.
The event is the final competition for athletes participating in tennis, unified tennis and tennis individual skills. There is competition in short court singles and doubles match play, traditional singles, doubles and unified doubles. Athletes can compete in either match play or individual skills. Competition is from 8:30 a.m. Saturday to 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Opening Ceremony as part of the Olympic tradition will be at 8 a.m. Saturday at Evergreen Racquet Club. Regions are asked to line up along the sidewalk for the parade of athletes. The Torch Run also will march in for the grand lighting of the cauldron.
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 20,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities.