PORTLAND, Ore. – Triumph, sportsmanship and determination will be on display as 500 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 150 coaches from across the state will compete during the 2016 Fall State Games presented by Providence Health & Services and the Portland Timbers. Additionally, more than 550 volunteers from the Portland metro area and beyond will take part along with family, friends and “fans in the stands.”

Participants will compete November 12th & 13th in two sport disciplines (soccer, volleyball). Each athlete has trained hard for eight weeks, competing in regional events throughout Oregon in preparation for this year’s State Games.

As part of the weekend’s festivities, the 3rd annual Timbers Army Unified Exhibition match will take to the field, featuring combined teams of Special Olympics athletes, members of the Timbers Army and Providence Health and Services employees. That evening, the Games Ceremonies will feature Timber Joey, a parade of athletes into Providence Park and the Flame of Hope lighting the Special Olympics cauldron at 7 p.m. The media and general public are invited to attend all events. Athletes will then celebrate their achievements at the Victory Dance at Lincoln High School.

Schedule of Events

Saturday (Nov. 12)
Soccer - 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Providence Park & Lincoln High School
Volleyball - 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Southridge High School
3rd Annual Timbers Army Unified Exhibition Match - 5 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Providence Park Games Ceremonies - 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Providence Park

Sunday (Nov. 13)
Soccer - 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lincoln High School
Volleyball - 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Southridge High School

Through the power of sport, the lives of the individual participants are changed as they find joy, acceptance and respect from their teammates, coaches and even their opponents. Many participants form bonds of friendship with fellow competitors from around the state and get a chance to renew those friendships at State Competitions.

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About Special Olympics Oregon

Special Olympics Oregon serves more than 12,000 participants with intellectual disabilities year-round and statewide through the organization's life changing sports programs. Athletes gain self-confidence, social competency, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Information on how to volunteer, coach, donate or become an athlete is available at www.soor.org.