More than 4,300 athletes to compete.

Special Olympics athletes numbering in the thousands will meet in Stillwater May 8 through 10, to celebrate the 44th annual Summer Games held in Oklahoma.

More than 4,300 Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes have registered to compete. Special Olympics Oklahoma staff and thousands of volunteers are gearing up for three days full of competitions, Olympic-style ceremonies, Olympic Village, food, housing, and many fun activities.

Athletes will start arriving in Stillwater on Wednesday morning, May 8. They will come from the 14 geographic areas of Oklahoma where they have completed competitions in their local areas.

Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes will compete in the following sports: Athletics (Track and Field), Bocce, Bowling, Golf, Horseshoes, Powerlifting, Unified 3-on-3 Basketball, and Unified Softball. Other events include Motor Activities and Stars of the Future.

Opening ceremonies is scheduled for Wednesday evening, May 8, 2013 at Oklahoma State University Gallagher Iba Arena. The theme for Opening Ceremonies is “DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with pre-show entertainment. The official Opening Ceremonies begins at 7:30 p.m. with the traditional Parade of Athletes.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run will escort the Parade of Athletes, carry the Flame of Hope, and rappel into Gallagher Iba Arena. Barry Switzer, Special Olympics Oklahoma Head Coach will name the 2013 Athlete of the Year and lead the athletes in the Special Olympics Oath as he has done every year for 41 years.

The presenting sponsor for Opening Ceremonies is COX Communications. Other premier sponsors for Summer Games include Law Enforcement Torch Run, McDonald’s of Oklahoma and Sonic Corporation.