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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Special Olympics Set for Friday, April 26

Hundreds of Athletes Scheduled to Participate

​DURHAM, NC - More than 400 very special athletes will be running, jumping and beaming with pride at the Durham County Special Olympics, Friday, April 26, at the Durham Academy Upper School athletic fields, 3601 Ridge Rd., Durham. The Special Olympics Spring Games involve athletes with developmental disabilities who have trained for a minimum of eight weeks to compete in track and field, softball throwing and play activities.

The parade of athletes will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the opening ceremonies and lighting of the Special Olympics torch. The games will continue until 1 p.m.

This is the 28th year Durham Academy Upper School has hosted Special Olympics, and the school has been honored by the ARC of Durham County for its continuing commitment. Durham Academy Upper School cancels classes for the day so that every student and teacher can be involved in Special Olympics.

These Special Olympics athletes range in age from five to 21, and all are students in the Durham Public Schools. They will be joined by more than 600 volunteers, including 400 Durham Academy Upper School students and faculty; the Durham Academy band; Duke University athletes; North Carolina Central University students; members of the Durham Police and Fire Departments; members of the Knights of Columbus; and the special athletes’ teachers and parents.

The Durham County Special Olympics are coordinated by Kristen Randall of Durham Parks and Recreation, or (919) 560-1301.

All athletes have parent/guardian permission to be photographed. Rain date for Durham County Special Olympics is Monday, April 29. 

About Durham Parks and Recreation
Durham Parks and Recreation provides opportunities for the Durham community to “Play More.” Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, we strive to help residents discover, explore and enjoy life through creative and challenging recreational choices that contribute to their physical, emotional and social health. To learn more about Durham Parks and Recreation, visit or call (919) 560-4355. Like us on Facebook at

Published: 04/23/2013 - Last Edited: